Measurement & Data Analysis

Our team firmly believes Sustainable Tucson can dramatically impact the key performance indicators for measuring and analyzing the sustainable growth patterns of the Tucson community for many years to come.  The initial Sustainable Tucson report to be submitted shortly, should substantially enhance the evolving community’’ physical and social environment through revitalization of Tucson’s urban core and surrounding areas.

The Sustainable Tucson (M & A) team strongly encourages and proactively promotes conservation of significant natural, physical, historical and culturally diverse resources.  Our community is striving to provide balance and enhance the quality of life standards as evidenced by growth patterns during the past decade.

The next step is the progression of Tucson into a sustainable city, a community that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.  Tucson has the opportunity to build a strong foundation for becoming a premier leader as a sustainable community by becoming a good steward of the Earth’s natural resources.

Continuous sustainable development balances economic development and environmental stewardship with innovative business and community development enterprises that focus on the “triple bottom line” by providing economic, environmental and social benefits.  Progress toward measuring key indicators will impact two areas:

the community at large (the private sector)

the public sector

Sustainable Tucson (M & A) believes that in order to encourage a community-wide transformation the City of Tucson needs to “walk-the-talk” and take bold action.  By establishing quantitative and qualitative metrics for sustainability it is possible to set goals and measure progress.

The Present:

The City of Tucson and Pima County already endorse sustainability to some degree.  In fact, Tucson is one of 10 Communities selected to host Local Climate Conversations on Earth Day 2009.  Several other initiatives have been implemented to create a better awareness of Sustainability.  Like many communities across the country our sustainability efforts are lacking when compared to some European communities.

2. The foundation for sustainable principles and practices must be holistic, including triple bottom-line, diversity, importance of relationships, and integration of parts.  Sustainability is inclusive of all dimensions of life and as such constitutes a cultural shift in world view and governing framework.  Sustainability is comprehensive, encompassing all five domains of reality: material, economic, biologic, social, and spiritual. (Source: Sustainable Tucson)

Sustainability has become a complex term that can be applied to almost every facet of life on Earth.  For our community to live sustainability, the Earth’s resources must be used at a rate at which they can be replenished.  However, there is now clear scientific evidence that the Tucson community is living in a un-sustainable environment, and that an unprecedented collective effort is needed to return human use of natural resources to within sustainable limits

The Vision:

The transition to sustainability is necessary and desirable for our future.  Going “Green” is important by not sufficient for achieving sustainability.  Reducing resource use and pollution is green.  Creating, integrating and maintaining regenerative systems in relationships to nature is sustainable.

Tucson is still in its early stages regarding the implementation of sustainable development.  It is critical that organizations like Sustainable Tucson provide a “voice” for the community regarding Sustainability.  Community collaboration is key for any long-term success.

Practical Steps:

In a significant step toward creating a local solution the plastic bag problem.  Tucson’s Mayor Bob Walkup and the City Council adopted an ordinance recently that requires retail establishments to offer in-store recycling for plastic bags.  The ordinance is the most stringent of its kind adopted in Arizona.

Recently, Councilman Rodney Glassman and several other city staffers were honored and recognized for rainwater harvesting efforts.

There are many exciting programs throughout our community that promote Sustainability.  Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) involves businesses and organizations paying attention and taking responsibility for the effects their business strategies and products have on the outside world.  This is a relatively new concept, yet it’s an idea that is spreading quickly as society changes its expectations of the role businesses should play and their obligation to the community.

If you’re a business owner or manager, it’s in your best interest to see how other businesses and organizations have benefited by adopting socially responsible principles.  Businesses and organizations that incorporate principles of (CSR) prove that profit, efficiency; good customer service and productivity don’t have to be at odds with sustainability, generosity, compassion, and social justice.

Tucson is becoming a leader in solar, optics, aerospace, biotech, and healthcare and warehouse distribution industries.  We have the resources to lead in other areas such as wind, watershed management, and other specialties such as homeland security.  Hopefully, Tucson will continue to become an environment in which a spirit of service, taking the form of volunteerism, philanthropy, community involvement, and yes, social corporate and community responsibility, is allowed to flourish.

(M & A) can play a pivotal role in collaborating with Sustainable Tucson and other partnerships in determining and measuring the success of sustainable programs that might include the development of Eco-Villages, Regional Transportation/Logistics, Renewable Energy and other critical areas for ensuring Tucson meet its Vision regarding Sustainability.

The purpose of Sustainable Tucson is to facilitate an inclusive, dynamic community-building process that ensures economic prosperity, social vibrancy, and ecological health.  We fulfill this purpose by facilitating, networking and convening, as well as advocating for action.   Our values include respect for all, kindness, patience and consensus decision-making.

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