ERIC Number: ED429800
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Monitoring Community Sustainability. Environments For Life Conservation Issues Forum Series.
Hren, Benedict J.; Bartolomeo, Nick; Hoskins, Zach
Many communities are trying to build sustainable societies, melding the wisdom of nature with culture, by undertaking various projects and initiatives. Although many projects may contribute to community sustainability, it is difficult to know which are most urgent or will be most effective. The purpose of this document is to introduce the concept of indicators of community sustainability as well as show how indicators can be used to measure progress toward community sustainability action plan goals, educate residents, and mobilize community members to join in community sustainability efforts. Since publication of the first edition of this booklet in 1995, the use of indicators to gauge progress toward sustainability has become widespread. This second edition revisits one of the United States' original indicator monitoring projects in Seattle, Washington, discusses the procedures used for developing a set of indicators for specific communities, outlines various types of indicators used, and shows how they are related to goal-setting processes. One section explains how to communicate indicator findings to the community. Appendices feature community sustainability principles, sample indicators, suggested indicator documentation, a glossary, and a resource list of publications and websites. (PVD)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Citizen Participation, Community Change, Conservation Education, Environmental Education, Evaluation Utilization, Futures (of Society), Information Needs, Measurement Techniques, Popular Education, Quality of Life, Sustainable Development
Izaak Walton League of America, 707 Conservation Lane, Gaithersburg, MD 20878-2983; Tel: 301-548-0150; Fax: 301-548-0149; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.iwla.org
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.; S. H. Cowell Foundation, San Francisco, CA.
Authoring Institution: Izaak Walton League of America, Gaithersburg, MD.
Identifiers - Location: Washington (Seattle)