Are Sustainability Indicators?
Indicators are measures of peoples everyday concerns - such as
health, jobs, air quality, traffic, housing, educational achievement, wildlife and
economic prosperity. By bringing together all of these issues that affect the quality of
our lives they can show whether Coventry is becoming more or less sustainable.
help raise awareness, highlight the main sustainability challenges for the city and, most
importantly, can encourage action. The indicators can help individuals, communities,
organisations, businesses, local and national government to better understand the
implications of our actions, and encourage more sustainable behaviour.
At a national level the
government is also developing indicators to show whether the country as a whole is
becoming more or less sustainable.
21 network held an open seminar to determine the need for indicators and to develop a
possible list of measures which we could use to evaluate sustainable development in
The initial list has been
reduced to make sure that they are easy to understand, measure and are representative of
our progress towards sustainability.
The result is a set of
indicators to monitor Coventrys progress into the 21st century.