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Institutionalizing Sustainability Performance Metrics. Smart & Sustainable Campuses Conference 2013 Presented by Keri Enright-Kato Yale Office of Sustainability. Indicator

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institutionalizing sustainability performance metrics

Institutionalizing Sustainability Performance Metrics

Smart & Sustainable Campuses Conference 2013

Presented by

Keri Enright-Kato

Yale Office of Sustainability

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Indicator

Signal that reveals progress (or lack thereof) towards objectives; means of measuring what actually happens against what has been planned in terms of quantity, quality and timeliness. An indicator is a quantitative or qualitative variable that provides a simple and reliable basis for assessing achievement, change or performance.

Source: Handbook on monitoring and evaluating for results. UNDP, Evaluation Office, New York, 2002.

Metric

Standard of measurement

Source: Merriam Webster Dictionary

selecting meaningful sustainability indicators
Selecting Meaningful Sustainability Indicators

Five Key Questions:

What is your intended sustainable outcome? What do you value?

Do the indicators you’ve selected measure progress toward your goal/outcome?

Is your indicator clear and easy to understand?

Is the indicator based on accessible data?

Are you collecting too many indicators?

selecting meaningful sustainability indica tors
Selecting Meaningful Sustainability Indicators

Objective and verifiable metrics that are represented by a number. Typically easier to collect. i.e. campus greenhouse gas emissions.

Quantitative

An indirect measure that can represent the impact. i.e. Number of people that subscribe to our campaign emails or number of green office certifications indicate levels of engagement.

Proxy/Indirect

Often considered unverifiable and subjective. However, if properly developed and interpreted, qualitative indicators play a significant role in identifying constraints to implementation and obstacles to success, which may not be readily apparent. i.e. conducting focus groups with targeted questions leading to insightful responses.

Qualitative

yale university sustainability metrics timeline
Yale University: Sustainability Metrics Timeline

First Progress Report &

Transition metrics to a cloud based data software program

Yale Office of Sustainability Founded

Formal analysis of trends presented to AVP of Facilities

2010

2012

2005

2008

2006

2013

Metric collection commences

Sustainability Strategic Plan Developed

Second Progress Report and Strategic Plan 2.0

Yale Office of Sustainability

2012

2013

2005

2006

2008

2010

tips for standardizing the data collection process
Tips for Standardizing the Data Collection Process

Face to Face Meeting

Email Request

Automated System

Frequency

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