Indicators to Measure Progress in Promoting Sustainable Communities

In support of the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) Sustainable Communities program, the Georgetown Climate Center and Rutgers University's Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy released research papers examining 11 potential indicators that could help measure progress and demonstrate the benefits of sustainable communities.  

Rutgers conducted an extensive review of relevant available literature and developed a set of detailed technical “scoping papers.” The papers explore opportunities to use indicators within the TCI region which includes the northeastern states and the District of Columbia.  

The scoping papers include indicators measuring:

• Health Benefits of Transportation Emissions Reductions
• Greenhouse Gas Emisssions Indicators and Approaches
• Land Use Trends
• Promoting Accessibility to Transit and Amenitites
• Travel Mode Share
• Benefits of Investment
• Housing and Transportation Costs

The summary of the findings of these scoping papers includes the indicators that were identified, the potential to use each to evaluate TCI states’ progress on sustainable communities policies and programs, potential strategies each indicator could support, and TCI state programs that already make use of the indicators.

A summary document: “Overview of the Transportation and Climate Initiative’s Sustainable Communities Scoping Papers” is available here.

Publication Date: June 2014

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