||The City of Austin, Texas is evaluating a new landscape ordinance called Functional
Green, which is intended to integrate nature in the city and meet the growth demands.
With this ordinance, it is anticipated that 10,000 acres of the city’s highest developed
land will be transformed with a minimum criterion of green infrastructure. In order
to move forward with this ordinance, we need to demonstrate the evidence that green
landscape elements are beneficial to the city. This study makes a recommendation for
the city and private land developers by scoring different landscape elements on their
ecosystem service benefit, creating a cost benefit analysis of implementation with
different elements, identifying other social outcomes and economic costs, and recognizing
areas of the city that will benefit the most from these ecosystem services.