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Publications We Recommend

As with all the other resources we have listed here, it is not possible to include everything. So, rather than being complete, we are trying to give you a starting point. Please let us know if there are other documents that we should include.

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Writings on Indicators

Balaton Group. Indicators and Information Systems for Sustainable Development-Draft. Plainfield, NH: Balaton Group, 1996.


Cobb, Clifford, Ted Halstead, and Jonathan Rowe. The Genuine Progress Indicator. San Francisco, CA: Redefining Progress, 1995.


Farrell, Alex and Maureen Hart. "What Does Sustainability Really Mean? The Search for Useful Indicators." Environment 40, no. 9 (November 1998): 4-9:26-31.


Green Mountain Institute for Environmental Democracy. The Resource Guide to Indicators: Second Edition. (available at http://www.gmied.org) Montpelier, VT: GMIED, 1998.


Hammond, Allen and others. Environmental Indicators: A Systematic Approach to Measuring and Reporting on Environmental Policy Performance in the Context of Sustainable Development. Washington, D.C: World Resources Institute, 1995.


Hardi, Peter and Lazlo Pinter. Measuring Sustainable Development Performance: Canadian Initiatives: First Survey, November 1994. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada: International Institute for Sustainable Development, 1994.


Hardi, Peter and Terrence Zdan (eds). Assessing Sustainable Development: Principles in Practice. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada: IISD, 1997.


Hodge, Dr. Tony and others. Pathways to Sustainability: Assessing Our Progress. Canada: National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, 1995.


Hodge, Dr. Tony and Robert Prescott-Allen. Report on British Columbia's Progress Toward Sustainability. British Columbia, Canada: Commission on Resources & Environment, 1997.


Bellagio Principles: Guidelines for the Practical Assessment of Progress Towards Sustainable Development. (available at http://www.iisd.org/pdf/bellagio.pdf ) Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada: International Institute for Sustainable Development, 1997.


Kuik, O. and H. Verbruggen. In Search of Indicators of Sustainable Development. Environment and Management. Boston, MA: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1991.


Maclaren, Virginia W. Developing Indicators of Urban Sustainability: A Focus on the Canadian Experience. Toronto, Canada: ICURR Press, 1996.


Moldan, Bedrich and Suzanne Billharz. Sustainability Indicators. England: John Wiley & Sons, 1997.


President's Council on Sustainable Development. Sustainable Communities Task Force Report. Washington, D.C.: President's Council on Sustainable Development, 1997.


Scruggs, Patricia and Associates. Proceeding of the Colorado Forum on National and Community Indicators. San Francisco, CA: Redefining Progress, 1996.


SDI Group. Sustainable Development in the United States: An Experimental Set of Indicators: Interim Draft Report. Washington, D.C: U.S. Interagency Working Group on Sustainable Development Indicators, 1998.