Sustainable City Progress Report

In January 2014, the Sustainable City Plan was updated with new goals, indicators and targets for 2020. We are currently identifying new and updated data sources and reporting frameworks. We look forward to sharing the results in 2015. Thank you for your efforts to realize a Sustainable Santa Monica.

Santa Monica’s visionary Sustainable City Plan provides a blueprint ensuring that our city meets its current environmental, economic and social needs without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same. The plan has concrete goals and targets for tracking Santa Monica’s current progress on the Plan. This website, the Sustainable City Progress Report, is the single, most up-to-date resource for residents and policy makers alike in measuring that progress. Please take a moment and measure Santa Monica’s progress for yourself.


Within each goal area you will find information on Santa Monica’s sustainability Goals, Indicators and Targets.


Within each Goal Area are specific goals, indicators and targets. The Goals comprise the core of the community vision and represent what Santa Monica must achieve in order become a sustainable city.

For each goal, specific Indicators have been developed to measure progress. Indicators are tools that help to determine the condition of a system, or the impact of a program, policy or action. When tracked over time indicators tell us if we are moving toward sustainability and provide us with useful information to assist with decision-making. Two types of indicators are tracked as part of the Sustainable City Plan. System level indicators measure the state, condition or pressures on a community-wide basis for each respective goal area. Program level indicators measure the performance or effectiveness of specific programs, policies or actions taken by the City government or other stakeholders in the community.

Many of the goals and indicators measure more than one area of sustainability. The amount of overlap shown by the matrix demonstrates the interconnectedness of our community and the far ranging impact of our decisions across environmental, economic and social boundaries.

Specific Targets have been created for many of the indicators. The targets represent aggressive yet achievable milestones for the community. Unless otherwise noted, the targets are for the year 2010 using 2000 as a baseline. For some indicators no specific numerical targets have been assigned. This was done where development of a numerical target was determined to be not feasible or where limits on data type and availability made it difficult to set a numerical target. In many of these cases a trend direction was substituted for a numerical target.

View the Progress Report for the most most up-to-date data. For a complete list of goals, indicators and targets, please view the Sustainable-City-Plan pdf.

For more information on the Sustainable City Plan and its implementation please contact the Office of Sustainability and the Environment at 310-458-2213 or by email:

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