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date: 25 August 2019

Challenges to Measuring Sustainability  

Source:
Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability
Author(s):
Sarah E. FREDERICKSSarah E. FREDERICKS

Indices—measurements of movement toward or away from a goal—have proliferated in sustainability studies since the 1990s despite the following challenges faced by index developers: defining sustainability; balancing conflicting desires (i.e., technical rigor versus accessibility); incorporating ethical values; and connecting indices and policies. Progress toward sustainability may thus seem difficult to assess, but the problems of living unsustainably, such as climate change, will not go away if we refuse to monitor them. ...

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