Using Data and Engagement to Advance Sustainability

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
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You'll learn about:

  • Why lack of budget and staff are no longer acceptable reasons not to focus on creating a more sustainable community
  • How using data points that already exist can create the foundation for a solid sustainability program
  • Ways to engage your community to help reach your goals, not just establish them
  • Tools that are available to keep your program moving forward

Local governments face increasing pressure to transition to a more citizen-centric form of service delivery that is transparent, holds the government accountable, and provides an easy pathway for community members to be involved in decision-making. In many ways, this is a shift towards a more sustainable community. But for many local government leaders, limited staff and budgets make it difficult to even think about, let alone take action towards, incorporating “new” tasks into the daily staff routine to create a more sustainable community.

Examine current trends in indicators, transparency, and smart cities, as well as a specific case study from Nashua, N.H., that shows how to develop and tell a community’s sustainability story based on available data. The City of Nashua had neither a sustainability director nor a sustainability plan when it employed a sustainability dashboard to share the data that framed its sustainability profile and engage community members in the effort to improve that data.


Kim Lundgren , Kim Lundgren Associates, Inc. , Boston , MA (see bio)
Sarah Marchant , AICP , City of Nashua , Nashua , NH (see bio)