Built Environment: Page 8 of 10

Wed, 2015-10-28 22:49 -- Jon DeKeles
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 ISO 37120: A yardstick for measuring city performance

In 2014, the International Organization for Standards announced an ISO standard that applies strictly to city performance. The document -- known as ISO 37120:2014 -- establishes a set of open data indicators to measure the delivery of city services and quality of life. It defines common methodologies that cities can use to measure their performance in areas such as energy, environment, finance, emergency response, governance, health, recreation, safety, solid waste, telecommunications, transportation, urban planning, wastewater, water, sanitation and more.

In the table at right, we have indicated how the standards related to Shelter and Urban Planning intersect with the Council’s Built Environment targets identified on the next page.

Proper city planning and investment are essential to, at a minimum, keep slums and homeless populations from overwhelming city resources and turning the shining ‘cities of the future’ envisioned by many into dark, dystopian urban landscapes.

Shelter Indicator

Create citywide data management policy

Have access to a central GIS

Pursue predictive analytics

Core

15.1 Total residential electrical energy use per capita (kWh/year)

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Supporting

15.2 Average number of electrical interruptions per customer per year

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15.3 Average length of electrical interruptions (in hours)

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Urban Planning Indicator

Core

19.1 Green area (hectares) per 100,000 population

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Supporting

19.2 Annual number of trees planted per 100,000 population

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19.3 Areal size of informal settlements as a percentage of city area

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19.4 Jobs/housing ratio

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