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Sustainability Projects for United States

This page lists many projects where people are working to make communities more sustainable and to measure the results. The types of projects range from small groups of volunteers to city and county agencies to large collaborative partnerships of nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies. The projects also range in scale from neighborhoods and individual towns and cities to metropolitan regions and multinational efforts.

This list is not intended to be exhaustive, although we have tried to include examples of a variety of sustainability efforts. Some projects provide data on indicators the communities have developed, with detailed charts and graphs showing the trends in the indicators over a number of years. Other reports provide information to help people lead more sustainable lives. Since the emphasis of Sustainable Measures is on indicators, we have tended to favor projects that have indicators that are updated on some regular basis.

In addition, because the emphasis of Sustainable Measures is on sustainability, we do not include on this page those community indicator projects that are not specifically focused on sustainability. This includes "quality of life" or "economic development" projects. Because some of those projects are very instructive for groups just beginning to work on indicators, we have included what we consider to be the best examples of other types of community indicator projects which you will find under the heading "Other Indicator Projects" in the menu at the left of this page.

If you know of community sustainability projects that should be added, please let us know.