Title

Creating an Appropriate Sustainable Development Reporting Framework for Municipalities: A Case Study of the City of Boulder, Colorado

Date of Award

2-21-2011

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science

Department

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Advisor

Patricia Greer

Keywords

City of Boulder; reporting framework; sustainability; sustainable development

Abstract

The City of Boulder, Colorado, continues to make progress towards becoming a sustainable community. A wealth of economic, social, and environmental sustainability related data is reported through the City's complex web of reporting avenues and mediums. The lack of departmental integration of these avenues, and subsequent reporting data, continues to undermine the City's sustainable development. Through a comparison to the existing Global Reporting Initiative's public sector reporting framework, this applied capstone critically examines the sustainability related reporting data and provides recommendations to increase reporting efficiency and create cross-departmental integration. The available data reflects an underreporting of social sustainability, and certain managerial indicators, while more adequately reporting on environmental and economic sustainable development.

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