For cities, setting sustainability goals is only half the battle. Charting and measuring progress is equally important, and all the more possible in today's age of data and analytics. At the recent EcoDistricts Summit, Cleveland's Sustainability Chief, Jenita McGowan, talked about how her city is using the web to measure and report success with its climate action plan and Sustainable Cleveland initiative.
Re: Seeing is believing Yes, i think that's why there needs to be community-specific component for participants to appreciate how their efforts translate in concrete terms or at least some reflection of the effort on a larger scale. For instance, if this project were mirrored in other cities what the collective benefit would represent.
Re: data analytics I think the neighborhood aspect of the projet brings it closer as well. The local effort can be stressed and there is sometimes more connection to it. We've done that in my area with recycling rates and frequent progress updates.
Seeing is believing The idea of a sustainability dashboard is awesome. It no doubt helps citizens and businesses to see the benefits of energy savings, conservation, etc. My only question is, How can Cleveland follow through to determine how well its dashboard is actually working? Measure the measurements, as it were.
data analytics I love this too. I always say that the more data you have the more energy you can save and the better we can allocate resources. With large scale infrastructure it is important to map the effect and the effects upon it too determine its suitability and resilience to cimate change. This is a great step forward.
Dashboard Data I love the idea behind Sustainable Cleveland's Dashboard. Being able to access the "footprints" of Cleveland's respective populations is such a step forward for contributing to a "sustainable" future.
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