Urban nature-based solutions provide a whole range of benefits for businesses, from increased property value to enhanced employee well-being as well as building climate resilience. Property owners and managers can make changes to their own property portfolio, from small scale volunteer led planting to innovative, large-scale installations. Our evidence base and other resources can be used to inform your decisions and help you make business cases for installing urban nature-based solutions.

 

 

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Resources

Evidence and tools

Nature-based solutions to the climate emergency – Business Guide

external | 27th Aug 20

This report is a curation of the existing evidence that demonstrates the economic, environmental and societal benefits that nature-based solutions provide.

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User guide – IGNITION nature-based solutions evidence base

external | Jul 20

This user guide outlines how you can make use of the IGNITION evidence base.

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IGNITION nature-based solutions evidence base headline findings report

external | Jul 20

This report offers an overview of the findings from the IGNITION project’s evidence base.

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Evidence review methodology – IGNITION nature-based solutions evidence base

external | Jul 20

This report offers an overview of the review methodology from the IGNITION project’s evidence base.

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How to use IGNITION nature-based solutions webinar (video)

external | 20th Aug 20

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Green Roof Benefits Calculator

external | 2021

The Green Roof Benefits Calculator has been developed to help property owners estimate the potential benefits and costs of installing green roofs using academic and open source data.

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Green walls evidence database

external | Jul 20

The IGNITION nature-based solutions evidence base is a catalogue of evidence on the benefits of five different types of nature-based solution. This resource covers green walls.

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Green roofs evidence database

external | Jul 20

The IGNITION nature-based solutions evidence base is a catalogue of evidence on the benefits of five different types of nature-based solution. This resource covers green roofs.

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Sustainable drainage systems (SUDS) evidence database

external | Jul 20

The IGNITION nature-based solutions evidence base is a catalogue of evidence on the benefits of five different types of nature-based solution. This resource covers sustainable drainage systems.

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Street trees evidence database

external | Jul 20

The IGNITION nature-based solutions evidence base is a catalogue of evidence on the benefits of five different types of nature-based solution. This resource covers street trees.

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Green spaces evidence database

external | Jul 20

The IGNITION nature-based solutions evidence base is a catalogue of evidence on the benefits of five different types of nature-based solution. This resource covers green spaces.

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Fact sheets and reports

Business-led green regeneration toolkit

pdf | Apr 22

IGNITION project guide to incorporating nature-based solutions in the regeneration of high-streets, retail centres and other urban retail areas.

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Investing in Green Roofs toolkit

pdf | Apr 22

IGNITION project guide to transforming roof space to support nature and climate adaptation.

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Investing in SuDS toolkit

pdf | Apr 22

IGNITION project guide to investing in sustainable drainage systems (SuDS)

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IGNITION Project Investor Confidence Report

pdf | May 22

Understanding investor confidence in the green infrastructure and nature-based solutions sectors

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The power of nature for employee wellbeing – Toolkit

external | 5th May 21

This toolkit outlines some of the benefits nature has for employee wellbeing and explores possible interventions.

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Guide to greening your workspace

external | 20th Apr 21

Covers  some of the ways that businesses can use nature-based solutions to improve their resilience, enhance their environment and improve biodiversity.

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IGNITION Interim Report

external | Apr 21

This report provides insight into progress on the IGNITION project.

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IGNITION interim report (accessible HTML web page)

external | Apr 21

This report provides insight into progress on the IGNITION project.

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The IGNITION project: Nature-based solutions (NBS)

external | 2020

Fact sheet offering an introduction to nature-based solutions.

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The IGNITION project: Climate change and the need for nature-based solutions

external | 2020

Fact sheet detailing the impact of climate change on Greater Manchester and how nature-based solutions could help the city region.

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The IGNITION project: A baseline for nature-based solutions

external | 2020

Fact sheet about the IGNITION project’s baseline for nature-based solutions.

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The IGNITION project: Building a business case for nature-based solutions

external | 2020

Fact sheet on building a business case for nature-based solutions.

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The IGNITION project: SUDS-enabled trees

external | 2020

Fact sheet on sustainable drainage system enabled trees

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The IGNITION project: Urban green spaces and business

external | 2020

Fact sheet looking at why green spaces are good for businesses

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Financing the Built Asset Adaptation Gap: Short Report

external | 1st Nov 21

This report outlines the role of nature-based solutions in adapting built assets to climatic risks and the recommended next steps for the industry.

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Case studies and webinars

Investing In Nature: Lessons from Greater Manchester event webinars

external | March 2022

Watch webinar sessions from the IGNITION project’s final stakeholder event, held on 30 March 2022

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Living Lab virtual tour video

external | 2021

Video tour of the Living Lab at the University of Salford, which showcases the benefits of nature-based solutions.

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