Balancing sustainability

A sustainable city is built on three pillars: An economic, an environmental and a social pillar.

Together the three pillars are key to our quality of life. If any of the pillars are neglected, the city collapses. To stay balanced, cities need access to robust and standardised methods to measure, evaluate and develop all three pillars on equal terms. Unfortunately, this is not possible today.

Governments and cities only have shared tools to develop two of the pillars in the sustainability concept: environmental pillar and economic. When it comes to the social pillar, the situation is different. We lack a common language; a common understanding of definitions, methods and goals.

This is what Social Cities aims to change by offering a map showing social indicators and how they are interrelated.

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