1 Describe what the urban sustainability index proposes to do:
Emerging markets are pursuing sustainable development in which economic growth increases without hurting the environment or other valuable resources. The urban sustainability index sets up a framework to evaluate if the solutions implemented are effective. They are divided into five categories: how well they are meeting their citizens’ basic needs, resource efficiency, environmental cleanliness, built environment, and commitment to future sustainability.
2 Describe three components of this index and comment on whether you view this as achievable:
a. Basic Needs is access to safe water, sufficient living space, adequate health care, and education are fundamental priorities for urban populations.
b. Resource Efficiency is a city’s efficiency in such areas as the use of water and energy and the effective recycling of waste directly correlates to the quality of life of its citizens.
c. Built environment is equitable access to green space, public transportation, and dense, efficient buildings makes communities more livable and efficient.
The three components are achievable if we cooperate as a community with our governments to have sensible policies that save our environment. Basic needs are fundamentally every human beings right and we should have access to such things as safe water.
Mohammed Ataul Goni
Econ 2505 Environmental Economics; sec. D-227
Prof. S. MacDonald
Urban Sustainability Index
Urban sustainability index is a performance measurement of sustainability for the upcoming markets in city life. It works on the environment sustainability of cities in way that growing urban population does not affect the environment and city can use their resources more efficiently. Urban sustainability mainly proposed five categories and eighteen individual factors to in order to maintain the sustainability of the cities. The five factors are: basic needs, resource efficiency, environmental cleanliness, built environment and commitment to future sustainability.
Basic need: The most common category for urban sustainability is basic needs. It includes access to safe water, enough living space, adequate health care and education.
Resource efficiency: In city life resources are very limited. So, it is a good idea to use these limited resources efficiently. The city which uses the energy and water more efficiently and recycle the waste properly can provide a better life to the city members.
Environmental cleanliness: Less pollution of city environment correlates positively with the city’s livability.
All of these three components are achievable. Government has to ensure the basic need of the citizens. Renewable energy can play a big role for resource efficiency. Awareness among the city people also needed for recycling the waste and maintaining environment cleanliness.