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Structure - Goals, Indicators

Sustainable City Plan - Structure - Goals, Indicators

The Santa Monica Sustainable City Plan is organized into nine Goal Areas

  1. Resource Conservation
  2. Environmental and Public Health
  3. Transportation
  4. Sustainable Local Economy
  5. Open Space and Land Use
  6. Housing
  7. Community Education and Civic Participation
  8. Human Dignity
  9. Arts and Culture

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


For each goal area specific indicators have been developed to measure progress toward meeting the goals. 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. A Goal/Indicator Matrix has been included to demonstrate the linkages between these areas. 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 2020 using 2010 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. 

Terms throughout this document that may be unfamiliar to the general reader are defined in the Glossary.

Last updated: Monday, 11/06/2017


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