Sustainability Indicators

Sustainability Indicators

 

IThree-Braces-of-Sustainable-Development-myndndicators of sustainability are different from traditional indicators of economic, social, and environmental progress. Traditional indicators - such as stockholder profits, asthma rates, and water quality - measure changes in one part of a community as if they were entirely independent of the other parts. Sustainability indicators reflect the reality that the three different segments are very tightly interconnected. The picture on the right describes the three braces of Sustainable Development.

 

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What is an Indicator?

Indicators are quantified information which help to explain how things are changing over time, and make complicated, hard-to-see trends more visible and understandable. An indicator is something that helps you understand where you are, which way you are going and how far you are from where you want to be. A good indicator alerts you to a problem before it gets too bad and helps you recognize what needs to be done to fix the problem.

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