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An Ecological Economics Capital Stock Approach to Quality of Life Assessment in Burlington, Vermont, USA

Andrews, C., Antonucci, J., Augeri, S., Berliet, E., Birkby, M., Brennan, W., Brown, E., Brundige, M., Buechler, M., Cohen, M., Coleman, C., Coogan, C., Cooper, A., Costello, K., Crane, M., D'Aversa, A., Davis, A., DeCelles, J., Delgado, A., DiBiccari, M., Dudley, H., Dye, J., Effler, A., Egbers, M., Freeman, P., Gilmartin, M., Graves, E., Hall, M., Hancock, C., Harrison, E., Hartz, E., Hayes, K., Herold-Lind, C., Holthaus, R., Hubbard, D., Johansson, H., Junger, L., Kelly, B., Kelly, J., Kirschner, A., Klein, A., Martin, M., Marvin, I., McCreight, C., O'Donoghue, B., Palmer, M., Parke, B., Pearlstein, A., Randall, J., Reeves, C., Rosa, D., Smith, C., Smith, J., Sterling, R., Sullivan, C., Van Etten, T., Verinis, A., Virchick, P., Voinov, A., Waters, J.

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Previous surveys

Previous Surveys


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1 – New North End

2 – Old North End

3 – Downtown

4 – Collegetown

5 – Northeast

6 – The Hill

7 – Pine Street

8 – South End

Eight Neighborhoods

Thanks to Margaret Bozik from

CEDO Burlington, and Eric

Brown our resident pizza guy!


Survey questions

Survey Questions

  • Neighborhood Identity

  • Built Capital

  • Natural Capital

  • Human Capital

  • Social Capital

  • Total Quality of Life

  • Demographics

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Neighborhood identity

Neighborhood Identity

Please rank the top five regions according to which ones you most identify with as your home, from 1 (most identify) to 5 (least identify).


Importance vs happiness

Importance vs. Happiness

For questions rating For questions rating

importance:happiness:

[1] Very important [1] Very happy

[2] Important [2] Happy

[3] Neither important[3] Neither happy

or unimportant or unhappy

[4] Unimportant[4] Unhappy

[5] Very unimportant[5] Very unhappy

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Built capital

Built Capital

How important are the things you own or rent (for example, your home, car, furniture, clothes, etc.) to your happiness and quality of life?

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Mean Importance:

Home1.58

Food & Drink1.85

Transportation2.24

Entertainment2.64

Cons. Durables2.67

Pers. Access.2.67

Mean Happiness:

Food & Drink1.77

Home1.85

Entertainment2.08

Transportation2.12

Pers. Access.2.16

Cons. Durables2.19


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City Wide Built Capital Happiness

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Are you happy with your current family or personal yearly income?

Percent “Yes” for Burlington = 66%


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If not, how much more income per year

would you need to be satisfied?


Natural capital

Natural Capital

How important is the quality of the natural environment in which you live (for example, air, water, open space, cleanliness) to your happiness and quality of life?


Human capital

Human Capital

How important are investments made in yourself (for example, education, job skills, health, spirituality) to your happiness and quality of life?

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Social capital

Social Capital

How important are relationships with your family and friends to your happiness and quality of life?

How important are interactions with people in your neighborhood to your happiness and quality of life?


Total quality of life

Total Quality of Life

How would you rate your overall quality of life (on a scale from 1 [very high] to 5 [very low])?

Please distribute 100 points across the following four categories according to their importance to your overall quality of life.

Personal and public investments in your home, lifestyle, and neighborhood

Investments and access to the natural environment in or near your neighborhood

Your personal well-being and investments made in yourself

Your relationship with your family, friends, and community

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Student Effect?

Testing the Income Effect


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Testing the Income Effect

Without Students

21% of respondents


Neighborhood analysis

Neighborhood Analysis


Time allocation

Time Allocation

Please distribute 100 points across the following four categories according to their importance to your overall quality of life.

Personal and public investments in your home, lifestyle, and neighborhood

Investments and access to the natural environment in or near your neighborhood

Your personal well-being and investments made in yourself

Your relationship with your family, friends, and community


New north end

New North End

Ranking (Data)

Avg. Quality of Life6 (1.95)

Avg. Happiness with:

Built Capital4 (1.99)

Natural Capital4 (2.01)

Human Capital4 (2.11)

Social Capital2 (2.01)

Avg. Time Spent doing:

Employment4 (33%)

Volunteer Activities3 (9%)

Household Chores1 (21%)

Family Activities2 (19%)

Personal Activities8 (20%)

Percent with Health Ins.4 (93%)

Home Ownership1 (73%)

Satisfied with Yrly Income2 (75%)


Old north end

Old North End

Ranking (Data)

Avg. Quality of Life8 (2.10)

Avg. Happiness with:

Built Capital7 (2.11)

Natural Capital8 (2.35)

Human Capital2 (2.00)

Social Capital4 (2.25)

Avg. Time Spent doing:

Employment2 (37%)

Volunteer Activities5 (7%)

Household Chores3 (19%)

Family Activities8 (16%)

Personal Activities6 (23%)

Percent with Health Ins.8 (81%)

Home Ownership4 (55%)

Satisfied with Yrly Income7 (52%)


Downtown

Downtown

Ranking (Data)

Avg. Quality of Life7 (2.10)

Avg. Happiness with:

Built Capital8 (2.29)

Natural Capital7 (2.34)

Human Capital5 (2.13)

Social Capital8 (2.38)

Avg. Time Spent doing:

Employment7 (26%)

Volunteer Activities7 (7%)

Household Chores4 (18%)

Family Activities6 (18%)

Personal Activities2 (33%)

Percent with Health Ins.5 (93%)

Home Ownership7 (15%)

Satisfied with Yrly Income5 (64%)


Collegetown

Collegetown

Ranking (Data)

Avg. Quality of Life3 (1.88)

Avg. Happiness with:

Built Capital5 (2.07)

Natural Capital6 (2.31)

Human Capital7 (2.22)

Social Capital7 (2.33)

Avg. Time Spent doing:

Employment5 (28%)

Volunteer Activities8 (6%)

Household Chores8 (14%)

Family Activities3 (19%)

Personal Activities1 (33%)

Percent with Health Ins.7 (85%)

Home Ownership6 (17%)

Satisfied w/ Yrly Income8 (51%)


Northeast

Northeast

Ranking (Data)

Avg. Quality of Life5 (1.95)

Avg. Happiness with:

Built Capital3 (1.92)

Natural Capital5 (2.21)

Human Capital3 (2.08)

Social Capital6 (2.27)

Avg. Time Spent doing:

Employment6 (27%)

Volunteer Activities2 (11%)

Household Chores2 (20%)

Family Activities7 (17%)

Personal Activities4 (27%)

Percent with Health Ins.1 (100%)

Home Ownership8 (7%)

Satisfied with Yrly Income3 (68%)


The hill

The Hill

Ranking (Data)

Avg. Quality of Life1 (1.50)

Avg. Happiness with:

Built Capital2 (1.88)

Natural Capital1 (1.78)

Human Capital1 (1.96)

Social Capital1 (2.01)

Avg. Time Spent doing:

Employment8 (24%)

Volunteer Activities4 (8%)

Household Chores7 (14%)

Family Activities1 (26%)

Personal Activities3 (29%)

Percent with Health Ins.2 (98%)

Home Ownership2 (73%)

Satisfied w/ Yrly Income1 (77%)


Pine street

Pine Street

Ranking (Data)

Avg. Quality of Life4 (1.89)

Avg. Happiness with:

Built Capital6 (2.08)

Natural Capital3 (1.98)

Human Capital8 (2.22)

Social Capital3 (2.14)

Avg. Time Spent doing:

Employment3 (33%)

Volunteer Activities6 (7%)

Household Chores5 (17%)

Family Activities5 (18%)

Personal Activities5 (24%)

Percent with Health Ins.6 (90%)

Home Ownership5 (51%)

Satisfied with Yrly Income6 (63%)


South end

South End

Ranking (Data)

Avg. Quality of Life2 (1.85)

Avg. Happiness with:

Built Capital1 (1.82)

Natural Capital2 (1.92)

Human Capital6 (2.22)

Social Capital5 (2.26)

Avg. Time Spent doing:

Employment1 (37%)

Volunteer Activities1 (13%)

Household Chores6 (15%)

Family Activities4 (19%)

Personal Activities7 (21%)

Percent with Health Ins.3 (95%)

Home Ownership3 (61%)

Satisfied with Yrly Income4 (67%)


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Burlington v. EcoVillages


Thanks to

Thanks to:

  • Burlington Legacy Project (www.cedo.ci.burlington.vt.us/legacy/)

    • In particular the Community Indicators committee, Betsy Rosenbluth, and Sandra O’Flaherty.

  • Community and Economic Development Office (www.cedoburlington.org)

    • In particular Margaret Bozik and Beth Ruzansky.

  • UVM and Gund Faculty

    • In particular, Bob Costanza, Josh Farley, Lynne Bond, Matthew Wilson, Gary Flo, and Roel Boumans.

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Evolving analysis and results posted at

Evolving analysis and results posted at:

www.uvm.edu/~jdericks/QOL/

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