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Whistler, BC Community Monitoring Dashboard tracks progress toward Official Community Plan goals

The dashboard gathers data from local surveys, Statistics Canada, and service providers. There are performance snapshots of recent trends in OCP core pillars including Tourism Based Economy and Sense of Place. A Corporate Indicators section evaluates positive, neutral, and negative trends in six corporate plan goals like Accountability and Infrastructure. Dashboard users also learn about trends in resort development, snowfall, and population growth in the Facts & Figures section.

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Whistler, BC

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Canada

Christchurch City Council, NZ creates Climate Change Risk Screening for built and natural domains

City officials and community members identified climate trends through the end of the 21st century. These consultations identified long-term impacts for the entire region including fewer annual frosts, extreme rainfall, and saltwater intrusion. The 40-page report listed high-priority risks in six Climate Risk Assessment Areas based on minor, moderate, or significant risk levels. A risk matrix provides a baseline for measuring future climate mitigation and adaptation efforts.

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Christchurch City Council, NZ

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New Zealand

Chapel Hill, NC Complete Community Strategy addresses housing needs with pilot projects

An October 2021 report identified a lack of housing variety for groups like seniors and first-time homebuyers. The Complete Community Strategy advocates for small infill projects, redeveloped commercial lots, and expanded transit corridors. Initial pilots under this strategy include a campaign for greenway growth funding and converting office buildings into connected neighborhoods. City officials use an eight-point checklist for pilot selection including social equity, impact, and scalability.

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Chapel Hill, NC

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eThekwini, KZN tracks progress toward livability goals for all residents with Strategic Hub

Municipal officials spent three years designing what they refer to as their single source of truth. The Strategic Hub houses dashboards on topics like road crashes, social sentiments, and property trends. A Livability Index scores each suburb's livability based on metrics in nine categories like education and transportation. The Greenbook Metro View supports comparisons of eThekwini's multi-dimensional vulnerabilities to 212 other local governments in South Africa.

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eThekwini, KZN

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South Africa

Gladstone, QLD publishes Australian-first Economic Transition Roadmap toward sustainable growth

Gladstone worked with The Next Economy on a multi-year engagement of industry stakeholders and residents. The 10-year plan sets benchmarks for Gladstone's evolution into an energy superpower. These goals include diversifying the manufacturing economy and shifting from carbon-intensive processes to hydrogen power by 2032. The Economic Transition Roadmap also calls for proactive upskilling of workers for emerging fields and maximizing the benefits of green energy for community members.

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Gladstone, QLD

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Australia

Avondale, AZ Strategic Plan Dashboard presents city's progress toward long-term goals

The dashboard opens with an indicator showing progress toward the core purpose of Making Lives Better. Advancements in Strategic Outcome Areas (SOA) like Creative and Sustainable Community Development are shown as percentages. These percentages are based on visualizations of completed capital projects for each SOA strategy. Residents and community leaders can follow Avondale's work in 29 Key Performance Indicators from a single resource.

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Avondale, AZ

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Canada Bay, NSW Resource Recovery and Waste Strategy takes multi-faceted approach to sustainability

The strategy established 90 actions across five goals including illegal dumping reduction and increased recycling rates. An Apartment Recycling Program used educational stickers, bin audits, and participant pledges for recycling improvements across 1,500 units in 18 buildings. The Love Your Place initiative equips businesses and neighborhood groups to maintain green spaces. Local officials also built studies of innovations from bin tracking technologies to recycling incentives into the plan.

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Canada Bay, NSW

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Australia

Casey, VIC Evolve Home/Land gathers employee visions for the city through creative exercises

City employees were asked to visualize Casey's evolution over the next decade using recyclable cardboard. Individual models were turned into a public installation by artists Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan. The Evolve Home/Land display demonstrated Casey's potential areas of growth to in-person and remote viewers. Local officials combined creative insights from the installation with workshop comments when drafting Casey's Organisation and Transformation strategies.

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Casey, VIC

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Australia

Central Coast, NSW Green Grid: Our Place creates long-term plan for interconnected open spaces

Central Coast found that 89% of residents lived within 400 meters of public land but much of that space needed improvements for use. Green Grid: Our Place creates a 20-year strategy for improving open spaces with a focus on climate resiliency and livability. The plan establishes intertwined actions within six sub-grids like Agricultural, Cultural, and Recreational. Council officials shaped the first-in-state plan based on 12 workshops and a one-month public feedback period.

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Central Coast, NSW

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Australia

Kamloops, BC mobilizes community members with Big Moves toward climate action and resiliency

The Community Climate Action Plan was developed over three years of engagement sessions and surveys. Project leaders sought resident feedback on how Kamloops can contribute to holding global warming under 1.5 degrees Celsius through 2050. Eight Big Moves like a Car-Light Community and a Healthy Urban Eco-System establish goals, related projects, and estimated emission reductions. Short, medium, and long-term timelines for 66 actions assist with implementation by stakeholders.

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Kamloops, BC

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Canada

Saanich, BC encourages resident contributions to environmental plans with Community StoryMap

Local officials are updating a decade-old Urban Forest Strategy and creating a State of Biodiversity Report. Residents provide feedback on their favorite natural areas and green spaces in need of improvement through the Community StoryMap survey. The questionnaire asks participants to pin locations on an interactive map and supply information about their suggested places. The Community StoryMap presents favorite places as green stars and needs-improvement places as red diamonds.

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Saanich, BC

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Canada

Greater Geelong, VIC designs a climate modelling platform for long-term infrastructure management

City officials wanted to incorporate climate adaptation into the development of its Long Term Financial Plan. A prototype dashboard programmed with a climate-focused methodology was developed after extensive interactions with local stakeholders. This dashboard compares baseline infrastructure costs with estimates of how climate change will impact infrastructure in 30 and 50 years. Greater Geelong's investment in a first-of-its-kind platform adds an adaptive lens to council decisions.

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Greater Geelong, VIC

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Australia

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