Indicators to Measure Progress in Promoting Sustainable Communities

June 23, 2014

In support of the Transportation and Climate Initiative’s Sustainable Communities’ work, the Georgetown Climate Center and Rutgers University's Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy released research papers examining 11 potential indicators that could help measure progress in promoting sustainable communities and demonstrate the benefits of such policies.

These research papers include indicators measuring: the health benefits of transportation emission reductions; greenhouse gas emissions; growth in previously developed areas and acres of natural land protected; proportion of jobs and housing near transit and access to amenities; travel mode share; benefits of transportation investment; and combined housing and transportation costs as a proportion of media income.

An Overview of the Transportation and Climate Initiative's Sustainable Communities Scoping Papers
This brief summarizes the research paper's findings. It includes the indicators that were identified, the potential to use each to evaluate TCI states’ progress on policies and programs, potential strategies each indicator could support, and TCI state programs that already make use of the indicators.

Each of the scoping papers is also available below:


To learn more about this project, please click here.