Sustainability Assessment of Utah Counties

By Carlos Licon and Thomas Cluff.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice

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Sustainability provides a framework helpful to guide future planning, policy, investment, and development actions towards achieving multidimensional development goals. The goals of planning for sustainable development aim at a future with high quality of life on a healthy and protected environment. The assessment presented in this paper applies an interactive evaluation model to combine existing data to generate scores, rankings, and graphics explaining sustainable development possibilities for each evaluated location. This information, presented through a graphic interface, builds knowledge to improve planning decisions and implementation actions for sustainability. The assessment can help to connect data with actions by providing means to organize and combine existing information, and by turning stakeholders views of development in a operational decision support system.

Keywords: Sustainability Assessment, Indicators, Planning, Operationalization, Utah Counties, USA.

The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp.69-84. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.123MB).

Carlos Licon

Assistant Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA

Carlos V. Licon is an assistant professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at Utah State (USU). Before joining USU, he taught in Mexico at the School of Architecture in the Toluca, Chihuahua, and Querétaro Campuses of Tecnológico de Monterrey. He graduated from the Ph.D. Program in Environmental Design and Planning at the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Arizona State University, where he also received a Master degree in environmental planning. He has an undergraduate degree in architecture from ITESM Monterrey in Mexico. His research interests focus in sustainable development models and assessment.

Thomas Cluff

Graduate Student, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, Utah State University, Utah, USA

Master of Landscape Architecture form the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, Utah State University, U.S.A.