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Posted on: June 26, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Measuring What Matters: How Sustainable Are We?

Issaquah has a long history of natural resource preservation, community service, excellence in education, strong local businesses and exceptional quality of life.

Discover how the City measures up in our 2013 Sustainable City Report — a document that helps answer the question: How sustainable are we?

The latest report shows the community’s progress on eight core sustainability themes and 26 sustainability indicators, and outlines how the City can foster a more vibrant, healthy and livable community in the future.

Planning now for future generations is essential, as our region is expected to grow to more than 8 million people in the next century — or about the size of New York City today. At the same time, climate change threatens the health of our natural resources, economy and community.

The effort to measure our sustainability started in 2008, when Mayor Ava Frisinger assembled a panel of 16 community leaders to develop a long-term vision of sustainability, and recommend indicators, or metrics, to help track progress over time.

City staff members then collected the data needed to measure changes. That information is then used to produce updates on Issaquah’s progress.

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