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Greenhouse GO Launches CarbonPlanner Web App for California Land Planners

New web app measures and forecasts carbon emissions for new land use proposals.

Denver, CO, October 15, 2014 --( Denver-based Greenhouse Go, a leader in emissions modeling, today announced the launch of its first web app to accurately forecast emissions for new and existing land developments, beginning in California. This new web tool for greenhouse gas planning was designed for developers, consultants, planners, community and non-profit groups to quickly, cheaply and accurately forecast GHG emissions from new land development. It enables anyone – without training or access to detailed project information – to forecast the carbon footprint of a development project.

The simple user input is designed to complement CalEEMod, California’s spreadsheet modeling tool. CarbonPlanner projects GHG reductions associated with LEED-ND credits, extending the power of LEED.

Pat Dawe, Greenhouse GO’s founder, is an urban planning consultant with extensive experience in transportation and urban design. “We’ve always waited to see what a project’s footprint might be, then laboriously backed up to get it right,” Dawe says. “Never before have we had the ability--with this early knowledge--to avoid carbon emissions, and use mitigation strategies to reduce carbon footprints."

Faster permitting, more effective use of the design team, shorter time to positive cash flow and more community support are all benefits of CarbonPlanner. The tool reports on transportation emissions as well as those from land uses, water, construction, solid waste and vegetation. This new model is grounded in the real world of travel behavior, actual building performance and California regulations.

CarbonPlanner gives the user simplicity, speed, very low cost and a remarkable user interface. Today’s carbon footprint modeling tools are expensive, time consuming and data hungry. With CarbonPlanner, users can try out different alternatives, discuss them with the design team, public officials and others to design a feasible development project before committing a great amount of time and money.

CarbonPlanner creates a carbon forecast required by California's CEQA for land uses, transportation, water, construction, solid waste and vegetation using evidence-based factors with minimal user input.

With CarbonPlanner, key parties have a valuable collaboration and communication tool to temper climate change and create sustainable communities. With its highly graphic and simple user interface, developers, planning officials and the public have a way to integrate their expertise and get to “yes.” This tool allows anyone, without any training, to look into the future and compare alternative scenarios for getting there with a minimal CO2 footprint.

Visit to learn more about Greenhouse GO and the new CarbonPlanner web app.
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