Shifting public policy to achieve a sustainable economy, a healthy environment and a just society.


Indicators Analysis


Effective indicators identify policy components that create social, economic, and environmental inequities; provide a baseline for measuring progress towards sustainability; and gauge the effectiveness of programs and policies designed to foster sustainability.

Redefining Progress offers Indicators Analysis services to businesses, community groups, governments, and schools. Our Indicators Analysis is based on two well-respected and peer-reviewed scientific tools: the Ecological Footprint and the Genuine Progress Indicator. Services include:

For more information about our Indicator Analysis services, please contact John Talberth, Director, Sustainability Indicators Program, at 510.444.3041, ext. 317. Or, request a quote.

Municipal Footprint Analysis

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Redefining Progress has created a methodology to measure the amount of renewable and non-renewable ecologically productive land area required to support the resource demands and absorb the wastes of a city or region. Municipal Footprints are scientific, unbiased measurements that can be used to track progress towards sustainability goals.

Redefining Progress conducts three types of footprint analyses for municipalities, depending on the level of complexity needed. The Municipal Footprint options are:

  • A “snapshot” of the city or region using readily available data about energy use, housing, consumption of goods and services, transportation, and recycling. Our spreadsheet allows the user to vary parameters in an urban planning framework.
  • An analysis that incorporates local data compiled by our researchers on consumption, transportation, water use, and energy use patterns. Footprint calculations are generated over time to produce time-series data for use in policy analysis.
  • Footprint analysis adapted to particular planning needs, in which a series of policy simulations is conducted over time, providing sustainability projections for different policy or planning options.

Redefining Progress can design a footprint project that best meets the needs of your city or region.

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Business Footprint Analysis

By promoting green business practices, Redefining Progress helps transform businesses into working models of sustainability. We consult with business leaders to evaluate their performance and recommend ways to reduce their environmental impact.

Genuine Progress Indicator Analysis

Redefining Progress produces local adaptations of our Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) for those seeking alternative ways to evaluate the effectiveness of economic policies and measure progress at the state, regional, or country levels.

The GPI is a substitute for Gross Regional Product that incorporates the costs associated with inequality, environmental degradation, and external debt; and the benefits associated with volunteering, housework, parenting, and ecological restoration. The GPI provides an accurate measure of economic and social welfare.

Scenarios for Sustainability Analysis

Scenarios for Sustainability (S2) is an indicator set that provides decision makers with quantitative information about the degree to which planning and policy options achieve environmental, economic, and social sustainability objectives. It is especially useful for evaluating the sustainability implications of new development proposals, general plans, or changes in land use codes or policies.

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