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Indicator Project

Sustainable South Sound has been exploring sustainability indicators since 1992. Sustainability indicators help us to assess the health of our community and specific areas that need to be addressed.

Traditional indicators measure gross economic activity without adjusting for the consequences of that activity. Oil spills, car accidents, cigarettes, divorce, disease, and crime all help boost our gross national product, but not our quality of life.

Sustainability indicators provide the information that the public and community leaders need in order to make sound decisions to improve our community’s sustainable health and vitality. The indicators are tools to be used when making a compelling case for improving community sustainability. For more information, contact Chris Hawkins.

Download the 2006 Indicator Update