Devens	  Sustainable	  Community	  Indicators	  	  	  Peter	  Lowi*,	  FAICP,	  Neil	  Angus	  AICP,	  and	  Vesela	  Vele...
Devens	  as	  Sustainable	  Industrial	  Park	  •  The	  UN’s	  Millennium	  Ecosystem	  Assessment	  has	  clearly	  iden...
2000	  Sustainable	  Indicators	  Study	  	  •  Conducted	  by	  graduate	  student	  	  •  IdenDfied	  need	  for	  viable...
Process	  •  Presented	  dra	  to	  Commission	  •  Presented	  at	  Devens	  Business	  Breakfast	  •  Presented	  to	  c...
Defining	  and	  Measuring	  Sustainable	  Devens:	  Framework	  and	  Seven	  Key	  Issues	  	  	  	  	  	  	  	  	  	  	 ...
Table	  Categories	  	  Key	  Issues:	  	  From	  Sustainable	  Devens	  Framework 	  	  Goal	  or	  Threshold:	  	  What	...
Economic	  and	  Business	  Sustainability	  •  Will	  modify	  unemployment	  rate	  for	  region	  	  
Governance	  •  Entering	  the	  land	  of	  Quasi	  •  Would	  you	  parDcipate	  in	  a	  survey	  to	  assess	  respons...
Public	  Health	  	  •  Difficulty	  of	  gathering	  data	  at	  Devens	  (Quasi	  part	  II)	  	  •  All	  new	  proposed	...
TransportaDon	  
Natural	  Resources	  cont…	  
Environmental	  Quality	  
Environmental	  Quality	  cont…	  
Survey	  •  The	  study	  revealed	  the	  need	  to	  reach	  out	  to	  our	  businesses	  to	  gather	  more	  input	  ...
Survey	  results	  29	  Surveys	  Conducted	  addressing	  collaboraDon	  and	  Eco	  Industrial	  Development	  issues	  ...
More	  InformaDon	  •  As	  an	  Eco	  Industrial	  Park	  Devens	  needs	  to	  take	  the	  lead	  in	  restoring	  thre...
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Peter Lowitt masccc 2013

  1. 1. Devens  Sustainable  Community  Indicators      Peter  Lowi*,  FAICP,  Neil  Angus  AICP,  and  Vesela  Veleva,  Sustainability  Consultant  UMASS  Boston  3rd  Massachuse*s  Sustainable  CommuniDes  &  2nd  Massachuse*s  Sustainable  Campuses  Conference    April,  2013    
  2. 2. Devens  as  Sustainable  Industrial  Park  •  The  UN’s  Millennium  Ecosystem  Assessment  has  clearly  idenDfied  a  serious  problem  with  deficiencies  in  15  of  24  ecosystem  services  invesDgated.  Human  socieDes  and  economies  rely  on  those  services  to  prosper.  •  Under  DEC’s  guidance  Devens  being  structured  as  an  ecological  industrial  park.  •  Devens  Eco-­‐Efficiency  Center  provides  assistance  to  businesses  to  green  their  operaDons  and  footprint.  
  3. 3. 2000  Sustainable  Indicators  Study    •  Conducted  by  graduate  student    •  IdenDfied  need  for  viable  reverse  commute  and  need  to  incenDvize  green  building  •  DEC  adopted  Green  Building  IncenDves    •  The  original  report  produced  over  $250  million  in  investment  for  the  region  as  DEC  headed  up  Fitchburg  Line  Reverse  Commute  efforts.  
  4. 4. Process  •  Presented  dra  to  Commission  •  Presented  at  Devens  Business  Breakfast  •  Presented  to  community  at  MassDevelopment  board  meeDng  •  Determined  need  for  addiDonal  informaDon  and  began  conducDng  business  visits  •  Survey  developed  by  consultant  with  DEC  staff  input.  •  Will  present  findings  at  Sustainable  CommuniDes  Conference  in  April  and  at  ISIE  Conference  in  June.    
  5. 5. Defining  and  Measuring  Sustainable  Devens:  Framework  and  Seven  Key  Issues                              Figure 1. Sustainable Devens: Framework and Seven Key Issues  Economic and BusinessSustainabilityEnvironmentalqualitySocialTransportation Public HealthNaturalresourcesGovernanceSustainableDevens
  6. 6. Table  Categories    Key  Issues:    From  Sustainable  Devens  Framework    Goal  or  Threshold:    What  is  goal  for  the  issue/threshold  limit?  Indicators:    Env.,  Social,  Economic  Indicator  we  are  measuring  2000  Data:    Data  from  2000  study  or  for  Dme  frame  applied  to  our  study  Current  Data:    Most  current  data  available  in  2012  for  indicator  Progress  made?  :    Since  2000      Yes        measurable  progress    Min    minimal  progress/insufficient  data        No            no  progress  Comments/Source  of  InformaDon:    Source  of  data  /comments      YESMIN.NO
  7. 7. Economic  and  Business  Sustainability  •  Will  modify  unemployment  rate  for  region    
  8. 8. Governance  •  Entering  the  land  of  Quasi  •  Would  you  parDcipate  in  a  survey  to  assess  responsiveness  of  governance  at  Devens?  
  9. 9. Public  Health    •  Difficulty  of  gathering  data  at  Devens  (Quasi  part  II)    •  All  new  proposed  indicators  
  10. 10. TransportaDon  
  11. 11. Natural  Resources  cont…  
  12. 12. Environmental  Quality  
  13. 13. Environmental  Quality  cont…  
  14. 14. Survey  •  The  study  revealed  the  need  to  reach  out  to  our  businesses  to  gather  more  input  from  them.  •  We  interviewed  29  of  our  90  businesses  in  the  first  quarter  of  2013.    •  The  sustainability  survey  doubled  as  a  business  visitaDon  tool  and  produced  excellent  results  and  informaDon  to  assist  with  our  sustainable  redevelopment  efforts.    
  15. 15. Survey  results  29  Surveys  Conducted  addressing  collaboraDon  and  Eco  Industrial  Development  issues  amongst  others    
  16. 16. More  InformaDon  •  As  an  Eco  Industrial  Park  Devens  needs  to  take  the  lead  in  restoring  threatened  eco  system  services.  •  www.devensec.com  •  Its  cool  to  be  green!  
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