Measuring Reality Matters: Developing Human and Ecological Wellness Indicators

Authors: Paul Sutton*, University of Denver
Topics: Human-Environment Geography, Geography and Urban Health, Sustainability Science
Keywords: Wellbeing Economy, Community Indicators, Ecological Wellbeing
Session Type: Paper
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The University of Denver hopes to develop a Human and Ecological Well-being assessment of Colorado which will consist of a flagship report and forum on a suite of spatially explicit indicators of human and ecological well-being. This report will complement and be juxtaposed to CU Boulder's Leeds Business School's annual assessment of business and economic trends and issues in Colorado by (1) developing a consensus set of measurable indicators of human and ecological well-being; (2) preparing an annual/biennial report of trends and related issues; and (3) convening an annual/biennial forum for the release of these findings and an opportunity for discussion concerning their significance. We hope to develop report in time for Earth Day 2021. This paper will present the challenges associated with this task associated with developing valid and useful measures of human and ecological well-being that are supported by a consensus of stakeholders.

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