The Regional Indicators Initiative measures annual performance metrics for 20 Minnesota cities committed to increasing their overall efficiency and level of sustainability. http://www.regionalindicatorsmn.com/
The project collects the following data that reflect the activities of the people who live, work, learn, travel, visit, and play within each city’s geographical boundaries: energy used, potable water used, vehicle miles traveled, and waste produced. It also calculates the greenhouse gas emissions and costs associated with each of these indicators.
Recording these performance metrics is essential to promoting efficiency and sustainable change. By collecting annually comparable indicators for twenty Minnesota cities, the effectiveness of best practices within the State’s GreenStep Cities Program can be analyzed, promoted and improved. Additionally, the Initiative will indicate progress toward meeting the State’s energy efficiency and GHG reduction goals, as defined by the Minnesota Next Generation Energy Act of 2007.