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City Launches Sustainability Dashboard to Demonstrate Openness & Accountability

April 23, 2012

Surrey – The City of Surrey is launching an innovative Sustainability Dashboard, an online platform to track and share the City’s progress toward sustainability. The Dashboard will go live on Friday, April 27 to coincide with Surrey’s major environmental celebration, the Party for the Planet.

“This new tool will promote the importance of becoming more sustainable and energy efficient, and highlight the significant economic and social improvements that can be achieved. And, it will allow the City to be more transparent about the progress we’re making because the community will be able to monitor our progress and view the results,” says Mayor Dianne Watts.

The Surrey Sustainability Charter was adopted in 2008 and commits the City to establishing targets and indicators in order to achieve its comprehensive goals and objectives. A suite of over 80 indicators was developed in 2010 through public and staff consultation, and reflects the broad spectrum of economic, environmental and socio-cultural sustainability. Over 30 of the indicators are directly within the City’s jurisdiction.

“Through the use of interactive charts and maps, the Dashboard will help community members gauge progress on the path to sustainability. The data for each metric will be available for download, providing greater accessibility and transparency,” says Councillor Bruce Hayne, Chair of the Environmental Advisory Committee.

Examples of indicators include:

  • proximity of homes to amenities like schools and parks
  • median income for immigrants
  • amount of farmland in food production
  • daily household water consumption
  • number of graffiti reports, and
  • amount of cultural space provided by the City.

Beginning Friday, Surrey’s Sustainability Dashboard can be accessed at www.surrey.ca/dashboard.

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Media Contact:

Tara Foslien
Senior Communications Specialist
Office of the Mayor
604.375.4584