Following is a list of freeware that provides information and tools for comparing the costs and benefits of environmental, health and safety risks. 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.

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.

Enviornmental Valuation Reference Inventory (EVRI)
By Environment Canada. A searchable storehouse of empirical studies on the economic value of environmental benefits and human health effects. Residents of the United States, France, the United Kingdom and Canada are provided with free one-year, renewable subscriptions.

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.

Green Gas Saver App
By The Green Gas Saver is an iPhone App that trains you to drive more efficiently. Hard accelerations when driving translate to poor fuel economy. With two visual gauges, and audible warnings, the Green Gas Saver corrects your driving style.

By US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. i-Tree provides urban forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools, which help determine the economic and ecological value of trees. The i-Tree Tools help communities of all sizes to strengthen their urban forest management and advocacy efforts by quantifying the structure of community trees and the environmental services that trees provide.

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.

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.

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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