Quality of Life
Community-Relevant Measurement of Quality of Life (Dowell Myers, 1987)
A popular term for describing our cities emerged in the 1980s: Quality of Life. Recent efforts to measure quality of life have responded to the growing interest of citizens, business leaders, and government officials, but these measurements have emphasized comparisons among places. Although these measurements are of value for citizens and businesses who are comparison-shopping prospective new locations, locally committed citizens and organizations have different needs. Thus an alternative, community-oriented measurement process is required. The advice of local residents is essential for both selecting and weighting components for measurement. This community orientation also places emphasis upon the trends over time in different components of a community's quality of life. Closer attention to the local context of quality of life leads to a richer understanding of the subject.
Compendium of Sustainable Development Indicator Initiatives
This is the second version of the Compendium of Sustainable Development Indicator Initiative, a worldwide online directory of who is doing what in the field of sustainability indicators.
Environmental Protection Agency Green Communities
We may periodically take stock of our personal assets, yet we do not often assess our communities in a comprehensive manner. Answering the question, "Where are we now?" will enable you to "take stock" of your community's assets -- social, economic, and environmental. The resulting Community Assessment will provide a view of the present condition of your community. It will help identify what is working, what is not, what is highly valued, and what needs to be improved. As a community you will better be able to identify and rank problems based on risks to the environment, quality of life, and economic vitality. Then your community will also be better prepared to set priorities for future actions.
Quality of Life Research
Quality of Life Research is an international, multidisciplinary journal devoted to the rapid communication of original research, theoretical articles and methodological reports related to the field of quality of life in all the health sciences. The journal also publishes editorials, literature, book and software reviews, correspondence and abstracts of conferences.
Redefining Progress: Community Indicators
A community indicators movement has arisen around the nation, as local government, business, and grassroots leaders seek better ways to measure progress, to engage community members in a dialogue about the future, and to change community outcomes. Currently, over 200 communities around the country--from Missoula, Montana, to Jacksonville, Florida--have developed sets of indicators that illuminate long-term trends of economic, environmental, and social well-being and chart the path to a changed future.
Redefining Progress: Ecological Footprint Analysis
Redefining Progress's Ecological Footprint Analysis measures the amount of renewable and non-renewable ecologically productive land area required to support the resource demands and absorb the wastes of a given population or specific activities.
Sustainable Environment for Quality of Life (SEQL)
SEQL is a unique and innovative approach to improving Charlotte, North Carolina, regional environment through voluntary local actions designed for local benefit.
University of Toronto Quality of Life Research Unit
The Quality of Life Research Unit is one of several research units within the Centre for Health Promotion in the Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto. The purpose of the unit is to carry out quality of life research that relates to communities, families, and individuals from a variety of population groups.