Following is a list of freeware that provides tools for estimating and comparing the cost of EH&S projects. Before you access any software or apps, please read our disclaimer and permissions page if you haven't already done so.

By US Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Help employers analyze the financial impacts of occupational injuries and illnesses that cause Lost Work Days. It uses AVERAGE direct and indirect costs to estimate the sales that might be needed by your company to cover the costs of those occupational injuries and illnesses.

ABEL Model
By US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. The ABEL Model evaluates a corporation's or partnership's claim that it cannot afford compliance costs, clean-up costs, or civil penalties.

Air Compliance Advisor (ACA)
By US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS). Addresses air pollution compliance management issues. The ACA can estimate the cost and applicability of control devices and estimate the cost of ancillary control equipment, estimate emission rates, and provide guidance with the applicability of federal regulations.

BEES (Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability)
By National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Building and Fire Research Laboratory. Software for balancing the environmental and economic performance of building products. BEES measures the environmental performance of building products by using the environmental life-cycle assessment approach in ISO 14000 standards.

BEN Model
By US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. The BEN Model calculates a violator's economic savings from delaying and/or avoiding pollution control expenditures.

By US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. A production-risk management model designed to help agricultural practitioners optimize crop management and maximize production and profit, to identify limitations to crop yield, to assist growers with replant decisions, and to identify best management practices that minimize the impact of agriculture on soil erosion and water quality. It is a windows-based application of EPIC (Environmental/Policy Integrated Climate model) originally developed by USDA-ARS that simulates the interaction of natural resources (soil, water, climate) and crop management practices to estimate impacts on harvested crop yield, soil properties, soil erosion, profitability, and nutrient/pesticide fate. Only available to researchers.

By Athena Sustainable Materials Institute. The EcoCalculator offers architects, engineers and others access to instant Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) results for hundreds of common building assemblies. Available in two versions: EcoCalculator for Commercial Assemblies and EcoCalculator for Residential Assemblies.

Electronics Environmental Benefits Calculator (EEBC)
By Center for Clean Products at The University of Tennessee. The Electronics Environmental Benefits Calculator (EEBC) is intended to assist institutional purchasers, including Federal Electronic Challenge (FEC) program participants, in quantifying the benefits of environmentally sound management of electronic equipment. The Calculator estimates the environmental and economic benefits of purchasing EPEAT-registered products, in addition to improvements in equipment operation and end-of-life management practices. Currently this tool is designed to evaluate EPEAT-registered desktop (with a CRT or LCD) and notebook computers.

Environmentally Related Taxes Database
By Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Commission. Find details concerning environmentally related taxes, fees and charges levied in OECD Member countries.

Erosion-Productivity Impact Calculator (WinEPIC)
By US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. Assesses the effect of soil erosion on soil productivity. Also called Environmental Policy Integrated Climate.

Global Emission Model for Integrated Systems (GEMIS)
By Institute for Applied Ecology e.V.. A life-cycle analysis (LCA) model, LCA database, and cost-emission analysis system. GEMIS evaluates environmental impacts of energy, material and transport systems, i.e. air emissions, greenhouse gases, solid/liquid wastes, and land use. Also GEMIS can determine the economic costs of scenario options. Old version available.

Global Reporting Initiative Guidelines: G4 Online
By Global Reporting Initiative. The GRI Guidelines, a widely used sustainability reporting framework, enables all companies and organizations to report on their economic, environmental, social and governance performance. The fourth generation of the Guidelines, G4, was launched in May 2013 and has been revised and enhanced to reflect important current and future trends in sustainability reporting.

By US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. The INDIPAY Model evaluates an individual taxpayer's claim that it cannot afford compliance costs, clean-up costs, or civil penalties.

By The Natural Capital Project. InVEST is a family of tools to map and value the goods and services from nature which are essential for sustaining and fulfilling human life. It enables decision-makers to assess the tradeoffs associated with alternative choices and to identify areas where investment in natural capital can enhance human development and conservation in terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems.

Life-Cycle Cost Analysis Tool for Chem/Bio Protection of Buildings
By National Institute of Standards and Technology. The life-cycle cost analysis tool helps users make consistent comparisons of Chem/Bio protection strategies based on established economic evaluation practices. The wide range of Chem/Bio protection strategies, the permanence of investment-based solutions, and the expense of their installation, operation, and maintenance necessitate an evaluation tool that allows one to systematically and consistently evaluate competing alternatives.

By US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. The MUNIPAY Model evaluates a municipality's, town's, sewer authority's, or drinking water authority's claim that it cannot afford compliance costs, clean-up costs, or civil penalties.

My Green Apps
By US Environmental Protection Agency. Find more than 100 apps that developers have made about the environment. You can sort the apps by topic or platform, or suggest an existing app you think EPA should add to the site.

National Environmental Methods Index (NEMI)
By National Water Quality Monitoring Council (NWQMC). Compare and contrast the performance and relative cost of analytical, test, and sampling methods for environmental monitoring.

By Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. ProForm is a software tool designed to support a basic assessment of the environmental and financial impacts of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Given the necessary data, ProForm calculates basic financial indicators and avoided emissions of CO2 and local air pollutants expected from a project. Registration required.

By US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. The PROJECT Model calculates the real cost to a defendant of a proposed supplemental environmental project.

Regulatory Economic Analyses Inventory
By US Environmental Protection Agency, National Center for Environmental Economics (NCEE). A database of a variety of regulatory economic analyses on most major US regulations. Some of the recent ones are available for download.

SD Planner
By Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI). A self-assessment tool designed to help companies evaluate, plan for and integrate sustainable development into business processes. The tool addresses all three aspects of sustainable development: environmental impact, economic development, and social equity as well as activities that can be undertaken toward achieving those goals. Use of this tool will assist companies in identifying the critical sustainable development issues that are important to business activities.

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