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Sustainability Indicators Index by Category

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Check out our resources organized by the category they're most related to:

Madison Region Resources:

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City and Community Efforts

  • Santa Monica Wellbeing Index (2015): This index measures well-being in the city of Santa Monica based on 6 categories: outlook, health, community, economic opportunity, place, and learning. It is intended to be used by the community and city government as a tool to drive meaningful improvement in the city.
  • Tallahassee Green Initiatives Annual Report (2014): This report describes all of Tallahassee’s current sustainability initiatives and achievements.
  • STAR Community Rating System (2012): The STAR Community Rating System (Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating Communities) provides a clear, data-driven approach to assessing social, economic and environmental progress. It aims to be a comprehensive sustainability measurement system and a catalyst for local action.

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University Efforts

  • AASHE STARS (2014): The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™(STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

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Global Efforts

  • Global Goals (2015): These are 17 goals that were agreed upon in Sept 2015 to be worked on worldwide to ensure sustainable development and achieve 3 things: end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change.
  • HDR (Human Development Report) (2015): This index is based on health (life expectancy at birth), education (adult literacy rate & gross enrollment ratio), and standard of living (logarithm of gross domestic product per capita at purchasing power parity).
  • The Legatum Prosperity Index (2015): This offers a measurement of a country's prosperity that is expanded beyond GDP to include well-being. 
  • People’s Report Card (2015, individual country report cards coming in 2016): This is based on the UN Global Goals and represents how well the world is currently doing. The goal is to get to an A on all goals by 2030. 
  • Social Progress Index (2015), developed by Social Progress Imperative, D.C.: This provides a framework for measuring social progress based on 3 categories: basic human needs, foundations of wellbeing, and opportunity. The index has scores for many countries (not all) worldwide.

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Economy

  • The Future Economy (2014): The Future Economy describes the new, innovative business models cropping up nationwide, like CSAs and co-ops, and provides a framework for evaluation.
  • Genuine Progress Indicator (adopted in Maryland in 2009, most recent indicator data from 2011): This is an extension of the Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare goes and beyond traditional economic indicators to include measures of social and environmental wellbeing to assess how development affects long-term prosperity. 
  • GINI Coefficient (created in 1912) is a measure of statistical dispersion intended to represent the income distribution of a nation's residents. This is the most commonly used measure of inequality. The World Bank has a lot of data (most recently from 2013). 
  • Joseph Stiglitz / Amartya Sen / France (2015): Papers written about developing a better measurement for economic performance rather than the traditional GDP.

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Well-Being

  • Gross National Happiness (2015): This is an alternative to GDP and is determined from surveys based on feelings of economic, environmental, physical, mental, workplace, social, and political wellness in Bhutan. 
  • Happy Planet Index (2012): This index is calculated with the formula Life Satisfaction times Life Expectancy divided by the community's Ecological Footprint. There are scores for 151 countries based on how many long and happy lives each produces per unit of environmental output. 
  • New Economics Foundation Wellbeing Index (2012): This is a guide designed for use by voluntary organizations and community groups to measure the well-being of the people those groups support to improve projects and services.
  • Next Generation Quality of Life (2014): This is a tool designed to help communities measure their quality of life based on 7 indices (Vitality, Earning, Learning, Social Capital, After Hours, Cost of Lifestyle, and Around Town) and compared to other communities. 

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Reporting and Evaluation

  • G4 Sustainability Reporting (2013): GRI’s G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines is a journey of discovery, helping organizations to focus their sights on setting goals, measuring performance and managing change in order to implement better practices. 
  • Subjective program evaluation - “Culturally responsive evaluation”: This is an evaluation framework that includes the community in assessing the success of a program.
  • Sustainable Measures (pre-2010): These measures are to be used as sustainability alternatives to traditional economic, environmental, and social indicators.

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