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A Framework for Sustainability Indicators at EPA

Citation:

Fiksel, J., T. Eason, AND H. Fredrickson. A Framework for Sustainability Indicators at EPA. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R/12/687, 2013.

Impact/Purpose:

The purpose of this document is to provide useful methods and guidance to support the application of sustainability indicators in EPA decision making, and particularly within the Office of Research and Development’s (ORD) research programs. The primary target audience is EPA researchers, as well as Program and Regional Office staff, that have a need for measurement of progress in some aspect of sustainability. However, it is anticipated that external organizations will find this information useful, as well.

Description:

The purpose of this document is to provide useful methods and guidance to support the application of sustainability indicators in EPA decision making, and particularly within the Office of Research and Development’s (ORD) research programs. The primary target audience is EPA researchers, as well as Program and Regional Office staff, that have a need for measurement of progress in some aspect of sustainability. However, it is anticipated that external organizations will find this information useful, as well. Having a uniform, consistent framework of sustainability indicators will facilitate communication among ORD and the Regional and Program Offices, and will enable integration across the six major ORD programs focused on air, water, energy, products, communities, human health risks, and national security. Effective choice of indicators will assure that the benefits of sustainable solutions can be identified and validated and will enable an adaptive management process that responds to changing conditions. This document is a key deliverable of the Sustainable and Healthy Community Research Program and was developed under SHC Theme 1: Developing Information and Tools to Support Community Sustainability, Topic 1.2: Assessing Community Sustainability, Project 1.2.2: Provide Indicators and Indices to Assess, Track, and Inform Community Sustainability, Task 1.2.2.1: Inventory of sustainability indicators.

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A Framework for Sustainability Indicators at EPA

SHC FRAMEWORK.V1 (INC APPA&B).PDF   (PDF,NA pp, 1907.87 KB,  about PDF)

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PUBLISHED REPORT/REPORT)
Product Published Date: 02/27/2013
Record Last Revised: 07/02/2013
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 254270

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT RESEARCH LABORATORY

SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY DIVISION

SYSTEMS ANALYSIS BRANCH