Friday, March 12, 2010

Successful Sustainability Indicators

Sustainability indicators can be thought of as jokes normally. They really do not do much. Cities frequently use them with erroneous indicator variables to show that they are doing well. Last night my group and I won a presentation competition in a Planning Methods course, acting as consultants from a made-up firm, Three Pillars. We did this by arguing that such indicators must be products from the community and must receive community buy-in in order to be effectual. We said that, similar to the electric bills that compare your rates with those of your neighbors and show changes over the course of 12 months, sustainability indicators need to reflect the ability of each individual to make contributions. Without a process of social, economic, and environmental sustainability indicator creation that is community driven, it will not be an effective tool to help us measure our progress in community development overall.

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