Sustainable Communities Indicators: Additional Resources
This page provides links to other data sources and tools that can be used to help measure and track sustainability at a community level. The resources are organized in three categories: general resources; transportation, housing, and the economy; and environment and health.

General Resources:
The Policy Map

This site is a "one-stop shop" for accessing data-rich maps online and conducting analysis in different web browsers. The Policy Map is a project of The Reinvestment Fund.
STAR Community Index

The STAR Community Index includes 81 goals and 10 guiding principles that collectively define community-scale sustainability and set a national standard for local governments. The Index was developed by ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA (ICLEI USA) in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, National League of Cities, and Center for American Progress.
Community Indicator Projects

This website contains a searchable database and links to nearly 250 community indicator projects throughout the U.S. It is a project of the Community Indicators Consortium.

Transportation, Housing, and Economy Indicators:
Sustainable Communities Resource Center

This site provides access to a variety of resources such as the original data sets generated by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - sponsored data collection efforts, including the American Housing Survey, HUD median family income limits, as well as microdata from research initiatives on topics such as housing discrimination, the HUD-insured multifamily housing stock, and the public housing population. The site also provides interactive and thematic maps showing key indicators at a county or metropolitan area level.
National TOD Database

Intended as a tool for planners, developers, government officials, and academics, the National TOD Database provides economic and demographic information for every existing and proposed fixed guideway transit station in the U.S. The database is a project of the Center for Transit-Oriented Development.
Housing + Transportation Affordability Index

The Housing + Transportation (H+T) Affordability Index provides a comprehensive view of affordability, one that includes the cost of housing and transportation at the neighborhood level. The Index is a project of the Center for Neighborhood Technology.
Census Transportation Planning Products (CTPP) Profiles

This site provides key transportation indicators including Mode to Work and Mean Travel Time to Work by mode from the Census and American Travel Survey (ACS). The time serious indicators include data from the Census 1990, 2000 and 2010, CTPP1990 and CTPP2000, and the results of the 2005-2007 ACS and 2006-2010 ACS. The profiles provide big snapshot variables summarize an area.
2000-2010: Changes in Transit, Walk and Bike Commute Shares

This site lists top 30 counties and places with the highest increases in transit, walk and bike commute shares between the year of 2000 and 2006-2010.
On the Map

On the Map is a web-based mapping and reporting application that shows where workers are employed and where they live. It also provides companion reports on age, earnings, industry distributions, race, ethnicity, educational attainment, and sex. It can provide statistics such as the number of jobs by length of commute for cities or any geography down to a census block level. On the Map was developed by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Walk Score

Walk Score has developed city and neighborhood level ratings for walkability, as well as city-level scores for public transit access and bikeability.

Environment and Health Indicators:
National Atlas for Sustainability

The U.S. EPA's National Atlas for Sustainability provides an effective tool for visualizing and analyzing multiple ecosystem services through the use of maps and graphs.
County Health Rankings and Roadmaps

This interactive website displays county-level rankings (within each state) for overall health outcomes (mortality and morbidity), as well as for health factors including behavior, clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment. The program is a is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
Food Desert Locator

This map shows census tracts that are identified as "food deserts". A food desert is defined as a low-income census tract where a substantial number or share of residents has low access to a supermarket or large grocery store. The food desert site is a project of the Healthy Food Financing Initiative and is hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Air Quality Data

This U.S. EPA website provides a variety of options for reporting and visualizing air quality data for communities across the United States.

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