Sustainability indicators are select data that help reflect social, economic and environmental health and that are tracked over time with a view to ascertaining trends and the state of sustainability.
The Fraser Basin Council began an indicators program in 2000, with a primary emphasis on sustainability of the Fraser Basin. Our goals are to:
FBC has published a series of Sustainability Snapshot reports on social, economic and environmental indicators — including Aboriginal/Non-Aboriginal Relations, Climate Change, Air Quality, Agriculture, Energy, Education, and more. Each report is supplemented by case examples and opportunities for action.
The reports are intended to raise awareness about the state of sustainability for diverse audiences in the Fraser Basin and BC. These include elected officials and staff in federal, provincial, local and First Nations governments, community and non-profit organizations, businesses, media, educators and the general public.
You’ll find all our reports in Resources (Indicators).
Are you curious about how to use data to measure trends in social, economic and environmental health that are relevant to your community? Be sure to read Measuring and Reporting on Sustainability: A Report on Lessons Learned.
The report wraps up over a decade of experience from FBC, our partners and others who use sustainability indicators in their work. In it you’ll find an overview on planning a project; choosing indicators; acquiring, managing and analyzing data; and communicating results to your audiences.
We’d like hear how you are using indicators in your community, organization or sector. Drop a line to Steve Like, Senior Program Manager.