View of Community
Interconnected view

Talking Points
  • Represents the fact that the three facets are actually more overlapped than the previous picture suggested
  • More significant overlap reflects interconnections

This view of the relationships of a community's economy, society, and environment recognizes that the three are more intricately connected than in the previous view. Sustainability indicators are an attempt to measure the linkages and acknowledge the fact that the overlapping areas are much greater than the first diagram shows. There are very few parts of the environment that are not affected by human society and human economy. Likewise, society is very dependent upon both the economy that moves goods and services where they are needed and the environment in which the society exists.

Indicators of sustainability need to highlight the overlap. An issues-based framework for an indicator set is more likely to measure the interconnecting areas of these circles.
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