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

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science

Organizational Unit

University College, Environmental Policy and Management


Environmental Policy & Mgmt

First Advisor

Patricia Greer


City of Boulder, Reporting framework, Sustainability, Sustainable development


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.

Publication Statement

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