Community Indicators for Your Community

Real, lasting community change is built around knowing where you are, where you want to be, and whether your efforts are making a difference. Indicators are a necessary ingredient for sustainable change. And the process of selecting community indicators -- who chooses, how they choose, what they choose -- is as important as the data you select.

The Jacksonville Community Council (JCCI) understands indicators and community change, with more than 25 years of producing the annual Quality of Life Progress Report for Jacksonville and the Northeast Florida region, and two decades of helping other communities develop their own sustainable indicators projects. JCCI consultants give you the information you need to measure progress, identify priorities for action, and assess results.

I'd like to talk with you personally about how we can help. E-mail me at, call (904) 396-3052, or visit CommunityWorks for more information. From San Antonio to Siberia, we're ready and willing to assist.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Sustainability Resources

The folks at Play a Greater Part are trying to connect college students who need to do a class project for credit with community efforts that need research or other work that could be done by a college student.

The AACU Civic listserve puts it this way:

The “Play a Greater Part” website is dedicated to bringing together people with research projects in sustainability with others who have the time and interest to help perform the research.

This website connects post-secondary students with an interest in sustainability to professionals who need help with a project regarding sustainability. The site is available to all types of organizations (e.g. business, government, non-profits) and the public for viewing and submitting projects.

We hope this site will help those in the fields of sustainability gain the needed human resources for performing their research, and that it will enable students to see how they can use their academic work to contribute to the solutions to our societal problems.

Play a Greater Part is created and maintained by the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), in collaboration with the US Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

If you have (or have had) a successful experience linking your indicators project to a student through Play a Greater Part, please let me know.

1 comment:

  1. Ah, this is a relatively new project, but I'm glad you're passing on word! I know Deb Rowe, who I believe came up with this idea and put it out there, so I was happily surprised to see you mention it.