Environment

Summary

The Environment section of the SF Indicator Project includes measures for energy and natural resources conservation; protection of natural habitats; reduction of solid waste management of contaminated sites; air quality, and noise pollution.   

  • Reducing energy consumption or generating energy from renewable sources can reduce pollutants, reduce greenhouse gases, and conserve limited resources that are necessary for living.
  • Access and use of open space and natural habitats provides resources and opportunities for physical activity, provides contributions to mental health and overall wellbeing and reduces water and air pollution.
  • Living near contaminated land or landfills may expose residents to environmental pollutants..
  • Reducing solid waste, through recycling and reuse, preserves land for other uses and reduces energy use and pollutant emissions.  
  • Proximity to air pollution emissions, particularly motor vehicles results in  of respiratory diseases and reduced lung growth and heart disease.
  • Exposure to environmental noise can adversely affect sleep, school and work performance and contribute to cardiovascular disease.

Objectives & Indicators

EN.1. Decrease consumption of energy and natural resources 

EN.1.a. Natural gas use

EN.1.b. Electricity use

EN.1.c. Water use

EN.1.d. Solid waste disposal

EN.2. Restore, preserve and protect healthy natural habitats 

EN.2.a. Natural areas

EN.3. Reduce risk of exposure to industrial contaminants 

EN.3.a. Contaminated sites

EN.4. Improve air quality 

EN.4.a. Air quality

EN.5. Reduce community noise conflicts

EN.5.a. 311 Noise Complaints

EN.6. Reduce vulnerability and increase resilience to climate change and natural disasters

EN.6.a. Impervious ground surfaces

EN.6.b. Tree canopy

EN.6.c. Sewer overflows