Sustainable Development Principles:Purpose of Tool:
Sustainability incorporates three interdependent areas of concern: environmental preservation, economic viability, and social justice. A sustainable development includes measures to preserve, rather than harm, its ecological base; ensure, rather than undermine, long-term economic benefits; and advance, rather than hinder, fairness, equity and diversity.
Benefits of Using Tool:
Sustainable development provides a framework under which communities can use resources effectively, create efficient infrastructure, protect and enhance quality of life, and create new businesses to strengthen their economies. Sustainable development helps to create healthy communities that can last through multiple generations.
Steps Involved to Use Tool:
This tool is implemented by using strategies and planning policies that protect natural resources, save energy, enhance quality of life, create housing choices, and improve municipal finances by taking into consideration location, design, and long-term costs of growth. The following are strategies used to implement sustainable development:
Special Requirements to Use Tool:
Sustainable development cannot be achieved with one technique alone, but requires a mix of techniques packaged to achieve local goals. Local governments have the greatest influence on where and how growth occurs; therefore, achieving sustainable development requires the appropriate supporting local government regulations and ordinances.
Specials Resources Needed to Use Tool:
In order to implement a strategy for sustainable development, a community and its citizens must be supportive of the goal of sustainability. In addition to community efforts, the adoption of new green technology is an important element in the development of sustainable communities. Although these technologies are often more expensive up front, the benefits are realized in the long run.
Communities / Agencies that Have Used Tool:
The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Sustainable Development Program
Office of Sustainability and the Environment
200 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401
City of Sarasota
Environmental and Sustainability Coordinator
Metrics to Use to Monitor Tool Effectiveness:
Indicators, identified by the community, are used to measure performance of sustainable development.
Santa Monica, CA has successfully developed indicators to help determine the condition of a system, or the impact of a program, policy, or action. When tracked over time, these indicators can identify the progress towards sustainability and provide the City with useful information to assist with decision-making. Two (2) types of indicators are tracked as part of the Sustainable City Plan. System level indicators measure the state, condition or pressures on a community-wide basis for each goal area. Program level indicators measure the performance or effectiveness of specific programs, policies, or actions taken by the City government or other stakeholders. Indicator examples include vehicle miles traveled, percentage of land preserved as open space, soil erosion, impervious surface, days in the past year with air quality index (AQI) in the good range or electricity consumption generated from renewable and nonrenewable sources.
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