Proposed 1997 SDI
Working Draft, October 23, 1996
Sustainable Development Indicator (SDI) Group
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Proposed 1997 Sustainable Development Indicators

As a first step on a long road, the SDI Group has selected 32 indicators to measure progress towards sustainable development in the United States. The SDI Group solicited external review of the Proposed 1997 SDI list from a group of young high school students active in sustainable development, a gathering of corporate executives from Fortune 500 companies doing similar work, and a meeting non-government organizations. The participating agencies are currently soliciting comments from within the Federal government. In next year's selection process, we hope to greatly broaden internal and external participation and review. As the SDI Group nears the end of this year's selection process, we invite you to review and comment on the Proposed 1997 SDI.

Capital Assets (425): Total value, in dollars, of US tangible reproducible capital, excluding all public infrastructure, as defined in the National Asset Accounts

Community Group Participation (40): The average number of hours per week per capita devoted to participation in community organizations

Consumption Expenditures Per Capita (125): Total dollar value of goods and services purchased by consumers per year as defined in the National Income Accounts.

Contaminants in Biota (432): Chemical contaminants in Land, estuarine, & marine biota

Crime Rate (449): Overall crime rate for the United States

Energy Consumption Per Capita (158): Total energy consumption divided by total population organized by type of energy source (coal, oil, gas, nuclear, renewable, etc.).

Family Function (433): Measure of families effectively performing its basic functions. This serves as a placeholder until a better, more specific measure gets defined.

Fish Catch to Growth ratio (428): Total fish landings (including by-catch) divided by the fish population growth rate

Greenhouse Climate Response Index (215): Arithmatic average of 1) percent of U.S. with much above normal minimum temperatures, 2) percent of U.S. with much above normal precipitation during the months of October through April, 3) percent of U.S. in extreme or severe drought during the months of May through September and 4) the percent of the U.S. with a much greater than normal proportion of precipitation derrived from extreme one day precipitation events (exceeding 2 inches).

Greenhouse Gas Emissions (141): emissions of greenhouse gases, which are CO2, CH3, NO2, CFC's, and ozone

Groundwater Contamination (353): Area of land with contaminated ground water

Income Distribution (133): distribution of income per capita arranged to show the percentage of the population at various levels of income

Invasive Exotic Species (23): The total number of invasive species and their distribution in the United States

Investment Percentage of GDP (264): Investment share of Gross Domestic Product (%), including research, technology development, invention, and innovation, as defined in the National Income Accounts. This includes both public and private investment.

Major Land Use, Including Urban (423): The total land area in the United states broken down by major estuarine and land ecosystem. This includes both urban and agricultural land.

Materials Use per Capita (429): Total metric tons of materials in use divided by total population organized by type, including recycled

Outdoor Recreation Services (431): Total number of visitor days per person attributed to outdoor recreation and tourism

Ozone Depleting Substances (329): Production and consumption of ozone depleting substances

People in Clean Air Nonattainment Areas (1): Number of people living in areas that do not meet air quality standards

Population Health (451): A placeholder indicator to measure the status of health in the population

Receipt of Health Care (452): % of population with adequate access to health care as a function of income level

Soil Types (390): Land area organized by soil type

Species In Trouble (444): The total number of species in trouble in the United States.

Teacher Capabilities (437): The average capacity or skill level of individual teachers to instruct students

Test Scores by Economic Group (414): Standardized achievement test scores organized by economic group

Timber Harvest to Growth Ratio (427): Total timber harvest divided by total timber growth rate per year

Total Managed Waste (422): Total mass of waste managed in man-made facilities in the United States organized by type (including nuclear), by site, and by hazard level. This does not include waste already released in the environment or in abandoned, uncontroled sites.

Total Population (442): Total population in the United Statesorganized by geographic area

Toxic Land Area (75): Area and percent of land experiencing an accumulation of persistent toxic substances, including superfund and brown field sites

Water Consumption to Renewal Ratio (447): Total water consumed per year divided by the total water resource growth rate per year

Water Quality Index (446): Index of water quality measuring the appropriate concentrations of selected chemical physical, and sanitary constituents of water at stations

Work Force Skill Level (448): The average level of experience, capability, knowledge, and social skills of the individuals in the work force