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Measuring Progress Indicators of ecological, economic, and social well-being Stephen Posner June 2, 2010. Backwards design. Vision of a sustainable, happy, desirable future state Indicators to tell progress toward or away from shared goal Actions designed to bring about desirable state.

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Measuring Progress Indicators of ecological, economic, and social well-beingStephen PosnerJune 2, 2010

backwards design
Backwards design

Vision of a sustainable, happy, desirable future state

Indicators to tell progress toward or away from shared goal

Actions designed to bring about desirable state

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Ecosystem

Matter

Matter

Economy

Energy

Energy

Economy

Ecosystem

Extraction

Waste

effective indicators tell us
Effective indicators tell us…

Conditions of environments, economies, communities, livelihoods

Progress toward or away from improved conditions

Information that is relevant, timely, and actionable

effective indicators tell us about conditions
Effective indicators tell us about conditions

Source: Talberth, J. (2008). A new bottom line for progress. In State of the World 2008: Innovations for a Sustainable Economy. Worldwatch Institute: Washington, DC.

gdp paradox
GDP Paradox

Source: Van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2009). The GDP Paradox. Journal of Economic Psychology 30(2): 117-135.

effective indicators provide useful info
Effective indicators provide useful info

The Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI)

united states gpi
United States GPI

Source: Talberth, J., Cobb, C., Slattery, N. (2006). The Genuine Progress Indicator 2006: A tool for sustainable development. Redefining Progress: Oakland, CA.

maryland gpi1
Maryland GPI

Available at www.green.maryland.gov/mdgpi

thanks
Thanks

More Information at

www.green.maryland.gov/mdgpi

www.uvm.edu/giee

Stephen Posner

Ecological Economist, World Resources Institute

Energy Fellow, UVM Office of Sustainability

sposner@uvm.edu