Sustainable Community Indicator Catalog

The Sustainable Community Indicator Catalog helps communities identify indicators that can measure progress toward their sustainability objectives. The indicators in this catalog focus on the relationships among land use, housing, transportation, human health, and the environment. Use this website to identify the indicators that are most closely aligned with the issues of greatest concern to your community. To develop this catalog, a team of researchers evaluated over 100 community indicator initiatives across the United States. Among these initiatives, the team identified nearly 400 examples of indicators being used to measure community progress related to the Partnership for Sustainable Community’s Livability Principles. Here you can learn more about the most popular and most useful indicators.


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