Dashboard promotes transparency and accountability for initiatives aimed at bolstering sustainability in the capital city
Providence, RI- Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and the Office of Sustainability today announced the launch of the Sustainability Dashboard, a tool that provides up-to-date reports on performance metrics for Sustainable Providence, the City’s plan for bolstering sustainability in six topic areas: Waste, Food, Transportation, Water, Energy, Land Use and Development.
“An essential step to creating a more sustainable city is gauging where we stand and measuring our progress against our goals,” said Mayor Jorge Elorza. “This innovative dashboard will help us make data-driven decisions as we proactively work with stakeholders to create a more resilient and environmentally-friendly Providence.”
The launch of the dashboard represents a major update to Sustainable Providence, which was co-created in 2014 by City government, the Environmental Sustainability Task Force, and Providence stakeholders and experts. It aligns with SustainPVD, Mayor Elorza’s community-wide sustainability initiative to make Providence a greener, healthier, more livable city by educating, empowering, and connecting residents, businesses, institutions, and municipal government to achieve the goals set forth by the comprehensive plan.
The dashboard can be accessed at https://performance.providenceri.gov/stat/goals/r6yh-954f.
“Sustainability requires effort from government, the private sector, and individuals,” said Leah Bamberger, Director of Sustainability. “The Sustainability Dashboard will play a foundational role in holding us all accountable, celebrating our collective successes, and keeping our strides coordinated.”
Dashboard action items will be displayed and updated annually while many of the performance metrics are updated more frequently. Visitors will be able to monitor citywide energy consumption, municipal building energy consumption, recycling rates, water consumption, use of alternative transportation by commuters, and more. Metrics such as recycling are tracked monthly, while others, such as installed solar capacity, will be reported annually.
The Sustainability Dashboard is one of many resources accessible within OpenPVD, an online platform that makes the City’s priorities and progress easily accessible to the public. The platform grants access to detailed information on the City’s performance metrics, public meetings, budget, checkbook, records, and more.