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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
- 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
- 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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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.
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.
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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