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Houston Sustainability Indicators

Project ID: 570
CIC Member?:
Active Project?:
Year Project Began:
Year of Latest Report:
Last Update: 08/18/17
Project LocationHouston
CountryUnited States
Lead OrganizationShell Center for Sustainability, Rice University
Type of OrganizationEducational Organization

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Geographic Scope (The level of geography at which the indicator data is collected):
Subneighborhood, Municipality

Issue Areas:
Children/Youth/Families, Climate Change, Economy, Education, Employment, Environment, Equity, Governance, Health, Housing, Infrastructure, Land Use, Other, Population, Poverty, Social, Transportation


Project Description

The Houston Sustainability Indicators (HSI) project is a long-range effort sponsored by the Shell Center for Sustainability at Rice University to assist with the measurement and characterization of sustainability in Houston. This work is done through an Indicator Set. Metrics for the chosen indicators were defined and are measured based on literature review; expert and advisory consultation; and data availability. HSI is the only comprehensive sustainability indicators project in Houston and the only one which collects, analyzes and displays data at the municipality and neighborhood level. Updates are done annually.

What framework does this project use if any?

Awards and Recognitions: Project was used to support a variety of articles and papers in Culture Map, Rice News, Houston Business Journal, Bellaire News - RedNews, Houston Matters (Radio – KUHF 88.7), NPR – KUHF 88.7, KRIV-TV (Houston), Eco-Ology (Radio - KPFT 90.1), Houston Chronicle Blog, Houston Chronicle Article. Additional Mentions: BetterHouston March Newsletter – Quo Vadis? The Future of our Great City, Healthy Living Matters Newsletter – Issue XII, March 6, 2013, APA Sustainable Communities Division e-Bulletin – 3/7/13 - contact the project for reference and links.


Community Indicators – Performance Measures Integration

Does this project have Community Indicators?: Yes
Comprehensive suite of sustainability indicators.

Does this project have Performance Measures?: Yes
Metrics are defined to measure each indicator. Index values are not used.

Has this project integrated Community Indicators and Performance Measures?: No

Contact Information

Lester King
Shell Center for Sustainability, Rice University
6100 Main Street
Houston, TX. 77005,

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