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Itís one thing to pass a resolution to become a
sustainable community or adopt a corporate
sustainability policy and another to make steady
progress toward that end. Sustainability
indicators use data to measure the progress of overall
health and long-term sustainability. The
resultant information can be used to raise awareness
about community health, the environment, social
wellbeing and economic development. This section
will include links with information to design,
develop and use sustainability indicators and
additional information in Indicators, contact Sustainability
Quality of Life Indicators/Data Sources
A variety of good data sources for quality of life
issues in Wisconsin.
Smart Communities Network
Sustainable success stories from Renew America's
"Environmental Success Index". Renew America, a
Washington DC nonprofit organization, has developed a
rigorous data collection and verification program to
select some of most innovative sustainable development
programs in the United States. Web pages include an
Overview, Land Use Planning, Green Building,
Transportation, Resource Efficiency, Sustainable
Business and Municipal Energy.
Happy Planet Index
The Happy Planet Index is a global measure of
sustainable well-being and was created by Nic Marks.
The index uses global data on life expectancy,
experienced well-being and ecological footprint to
calculate which countries offer long, happy, and
sustainable lives for their people. The 2012 HPI report ranks 151 countries and is the third time the
index has been published.
A web page dedicated to indicators of sustainability.
Definitions of sustainability are provided, indicator
projects from various nations are described and
discussion on indicators including data sources and
examples are provided. This information comes from
Sustainable Measures which is a consulting company with
expertise on sustainability.
Measures of America
This web site provides easy to use, methodologically
sound tools for measuring well-being and opportunity in
America on topics of health, education and income.
Economy Indicators are twelve trends that the Earth
Policy Institute tracks to measure progress in building
a sustainable economy. They include: Population, Global
Economy, Grain Harvest, Fish Catch, Forest Cover, Water
Resources, Carbon Emissions, Global Temperature, Ice
Melting, Wind Power, Bicycle Production and Solar Power.
Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index
Gallup and Healthways produce a biannual report on the
Well-Being of each of the 50 U.S. states and their
respective cities and an annual report on each of the
435 U.S. congressional districts. The Well-Being Index
reports on Life Evaluation, Emotional Health, Physical
Health, Healthy Behaviors, Work Environment and Basic
Redefining Progress: The Nature of Economics
This site focuses on shifting public policy to achieve a
sustainable economy, a healthy environment and a just
society. Topics include an ecological footprint,
climate policy, environmental justice, sustainable
economics, sustainable indicators, research and
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