December 19, 2012

Indicators for Cities: Sustainability around the globe

Sustainable Cities International has released “Indicators for Sustainability : How Cities are Monitoring and Evaluating Their Success”


Sustainable city planning is a relatively new concept that many cities have embraced. … Some cities have opted for having a new department for sustainability, whereas many others have decided to take a more holistic approach and integrate a strategic, sustainable plan for their cities.

Whatever the approach taken by a city is, the challenge still remains in translating those plans into tangible actions and setting up indicators that will reflect their progress towards success …

With that in mind, we have done research in 12 cities across the globe to examine how they have established sustainability indicators to monitor the success of their sustainability plans. The paper reviews the methodologies or frameworks that these cities are using, outlines the indicators that each city is using and provides an analysis looking for commonalities and key findings that can support other cities that are in the same path.

Visit their website or contact Edna Aguiñaga ( or Pat Gordon (

This paper was made possible with financial support of the Government of Canada provided through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

Click here to download the document


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  1. Hmm, only one case study city from the United States – darling Portland, of course – and none from Canada. The relevance of this report to North American cities outside of possibly academia escapes me. I much prefer the concept of resilience over the S word anyway as a guide and framework for cities to follow.