Measuring Urban Sustainability Through Common Indicators and Peer City Benchmarking: Assessing Sustainability Assets for Performance Improvement and Economic and Environmental Progress in Delaware

University of Delaware, Center for Energy & Environmental Policy, Final Report, May 2017

205 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2018 Last revised: 22 Sep 2018

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John Byrne

Center for Energy and Environmental Policy

Joseph Nyangon

Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, University of Delaware

Hannah Deblauwe

University of Delaware - Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP)

Chris Oster

University of Delaware - Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP)

Soojin Shin

University of Delaware - Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP)

Jing Xu

University of Delaware - Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP)

Job Taminiau

University of Delaware - Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP)

Michael Chajes

University of Delaware - Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP)

Date Written: May 15, 2017

Abstract

The report summarizes first-year research of a three-year study of pathways to urban sustainability. The research team selected the STAR Communities assessment model as the backbone for its analysis. This framework offers a menu-based system for enabling city managers and leaders to build paths of more inclusive, equitable investment, and collaboration within and across departments and with residents and the business community to advance sustainability goals. It is a leading framework for promoting, assessing, and certifying sustainability progress of cities, counties, and communities. The report examines the potential for utilizing the STAR framework as a tool in Wilmington’s and Newark’s sustainability plan-making. The second year of this research program uses the STAR framework as a tool to identify cost-effective, environmentally sound strategies for strengthening the contributions of each city’s sustainability assets, with a focus on the creation of a rooftop distributed solar energy plant.

Keywords: sustainability, sustainable cities, solar cities, urban sustainability, sustainability assessment

JEL Classification: O2, O21, O3, O35, O38, Q2, Q3, Q4, Q5, Q51, Q52, Q53, Q54, Q55, Q56, Q57, Q58, R50, R58

Suggested Citation

Byrne, John and Nyangon, Joseph and Deblauwe, Hannah and Oster, Chris and Shin, Soojin and Xu, Jing and Taminiau, Job and Chajes, Michael, Measuring Urban Sustainability Through Common Indicators and Peer City Benchmarking: Assessing Sustainability Assets for Performance Improvement and Economic and Environmental Progress in Delaware (May 15, 2017). University of Delaware, Center for Energy & Environmental Policy, Final Report, May 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3102488

John Byrne

Center for Energy and Environmental Policy ( email )

Graham Hall
Newark, DE 19716
United States

Joseph Nyangon (Contact Author)

Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, University of Delaware ( email )

278 Graham Hall
Newark, DE DE 19716
United States

Hannah Deblauwe

University of Delaware - Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP) ( email )

Graham Hall
Newark, DE 19716
United States

Chris Oster

University of Delaware - Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP) ( email )

Graham Hall
Newark, DE 19716
United States

Soojin Shin

University of Delaware - Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP) ( email )

Graham Hall
Newark, DE 19716
United States

Jing Xu

University of Delaware - Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP) ( email )

Graham Hall
Newark, DE 19716
United States

Job Taminiau

University of Delaware - Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP) ( email )

Graham Hall
Newark, DE 19716
United States

Michael Chajes

University of Delaware - Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP) ( email )

Graham Hall
Newark, DE 19716
United States

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