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