International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

How to Identify Efficient Indicators or Indices for Applicable Urban Sustainability Assessment?
Li Shen, Xulin Guo

Previous literature indicates that it is difficult to successfully select efficient indicators or indices for urban sustainability evaluation.In this paper, we attempt to theoretically address this challenge. Based on a discussion of the interpretation of sustainability, the capital framework approach, sustainability indicators and indices, and conceptual models, we have concluded that good sustainability indicators should meet four requirements including being reflective of appropriate interpretations of sustainability, being responsive to the community capital approach, being developed within an integrated conceptual framework, and being consistent with commonly accepted indicator selection criteria.

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