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.

This is an archive of thoughts I had about indicators and the community indicators movement. Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Indicators of Sustainable Cities

The Sustainability in Hawai'i Blog has an interesting post on indicators of sustainability (and unsustainability) in cities, commenting on the work reported by Corporate Knights: The Canadian Magazine for Responsible Business. Measuring sustainability is critical, and there's some interesting tools and help to do that.

Redefining Progress has an on-line ecological footprint quiz that can help you see your own impact on the planet. They also provide (with the help of an Office Footprint Calculator. The Genuine Progress Indicator from Redefining Progress is helpful as well.

Also take a look at the Calvert-Henderson Quality of Life Indicators for their look at equitable ecologically sustainable human development. is the home of the International Sustainability Indicators Network. They're also part of a Sustainability Web Ring that I've only started to explore.

And Sustainable Measures provides some welcome introductions to understanding and developing sustainability indicators for your own community.

Perhaps the best resource for understanding why measuring indicators of sustainability is important to a community, and what you can do once you start tracking these indicators, is Sustainable Seattle. One of the great pioneers of the Sustainability movement, Sustainable Seattle remains a vibrant force for good in the Pacific Northwest. (And they're good people, too!)

If you have some interesting links to sustainability tools or more information you'd like to add about sustainability indicators, please let me know.


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