Sust. indicators: what are they?

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Sustainability indicators provide an integrated view of a system’s performance, considering social, environmental, and economic impacts. They reflect the interconnected relationships of all sectors and must meet certain criteria to be useful. Several economic, environmental, and social indicators are used to measure sustainability.

Sustainability indicators provide information about the status of a project, policy or community. They provide an integrated view of how well a system is performing. Generally, sustainability indicators consider the social, environmental and economic impact of public policies. By identifying the areas within each sector affected by a policy, issues can be quickly recognized and resolved.

Unlike traditional indicators, which focus on change within a specific sector without taking into account the influence of other sectors, sustainability indicators reflect the interconnected relationships of all sectors. For example, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is considered a traditional indicator of how the economy is doing, but it does not take into account the impact of economic activity on the environment or society. The Sustainable Economic Well-Being Index (ISEW) is considered an indicator of sustainability. It subtracts from GDP the cost of environmental damage from things like air pollution and resource depletion, as well as increasing economic activity from GDP, such as unpaid housework.

For a sustainability indicator to be useful, it must meet certain criteria. Sustainability indicators need to provide relevant information. The information must also be understandable and reliable. In addition, data provided by sustainability indicators must be timely.

Information from sustainability indicators is often used to identify problems that arise as a result of public policies. Solutions to problems are generated to sustain progress. If problems are not addressed, progress is believed to slow down and eventually lead to social, environmental or economic decline.

There are several economic indicators that are used to measure sustainability. The number of companies and the various sizes of companies is considered a better indicator of the labor market than traditional indicators such as the unemployment rate or the number of jobs. Furthermore, the amount spent in a local economy, derived from wages earned in the local economy, is considered a better indicator of local economic progress than GDP.

Several environmental indicators address sustainability. The amount of toxic materials produced and used is considered a better indicator of how much pollution is emitted into the environment than measuring environmental levels of pollutants. Also, total energy used is generally a better way to project sustainable energy consumption than the traditional gas price indicator.

Standardized test scores are traditional indicators of social progress. The number of students returning to the local community after college is considered a better indicator of educational sustainability. Furthermore, the number of people who actually vote in elections is a better indicator of social progress than the number of registered voters.

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