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The Boston Foundation
Environment - The Boston Indicators Project
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Title Environment - The Boston Indicators Project Exit EPA Disclaimer
Description This online resource, which was created to inform the public and democratize data, highlights the results of the Boston Indicators Project, which monitors and tracks a number of environmental indicators throughout the city of Boston. These indicators are presented in both a biennial report and an interactive Web site that provides easy-to-understand summaries of trend data.
Organization The Boston Foundation
Year 2010
URL http://www.bostonindicators.org/Indicators2008/Environment/Default.aspx Exit EPA Disclaimer
Level of Technical Detail High
Direct Access to Data Yes
Direct Access to Metadata Yes
EPA Region Region 1
State Massachusetts
County Suffolk
Municipality Boston
Sub-Municipality
Watershed
Ecosystem
Link to Organization http://www.bostonindicators.org/Indicators2008/Default.aspx Exit EPA Disclaimer
Contact Information 617-338-1700
Environmental Indicator Scale County, Municipality, Sub-municipality
Additional Information Interpreting and Using Indicators

Information about the indicators in the report
Environmental Category in the Report Indicator in the Report EPA Web Taxonomy
Accessible Green and Recreational Spaces Access to public use of harborwalk and harbor island national park Sustainable Development
Soils & Land
Accessible Green and Recreational Spaces Green space distribution Sustainable Development
Soils & Land
Beautiful Walkable Communities Community gardens Sustainable Development
Soils & Land
Beautiful Walkable Communities Tree cover and number of trees and bulbs/flowers planted Sustainable Development
Soils & Land
Clean Air Changes in air quality - PM2.5 and PM10 Air:Air Pollution
Air:Air Quality
Pollutants & Contaminants:Air Pollutants:Particulate Matter
Clean Air Low emissions vehicles Air:Air Pollution
Air:Air Quality
Sustainable Development
Clean Air Regional ozone Air:Air Pollution
Air:Air Quality
Pollutants & Contaminants:Air Pollutants:Criteria Air Pollutants
Clean Energy and Climate Stability Energy from Renewable Sources Renewable Energy
Clean Energy and Climate Stability Green buildings Sustainable Development
Clean Energy and Climate Stability Per capita GHG and CO2 emissions Air:Climate Change
Clean Energy and Climate Stability Trends in climate change Air:Climate Change
Clean and Plentiful Water Aquifer/water table depletion Water:Ground Water
Clean and Plentiful Water Efficient and sustainable use of freshwater supplies Water:Surface Water
Conservation
Clean and Plentiful Water Swimmable days and violation of swimming standards Water:Surface Water
Health Risks:Exposure
Environmental Justice and Equity Public health stresses on children Life Stages & Populations:Childrens'' Health
Environmental Justice and Equity Toxic emissions from smokestacks and tailpipes Air:Air Pollution:Mobile Sources of Air Pollution
Air:Air Pollution:Stationary Sources of Air Pollution
Environmental Stewardship Ecological footprint: per capita consumption of global resources Conservation
Sustainable Development
Environmental Stewardship Friends groups for parks and greenspaces Sustainable Development
Environmental Stewardship Household recycling rates and solid waste generation Waste Reduction:Recycling
Wastes:Solid Waste:Municipal Solid Waste
Productive and Efficient Use of Land Housing density and services within a 1/4 mile of transit nodes Sustainable Development
Productive and Efficient Use of Land Smart growth Sustainable Development
Sustainable and Healthy Ecosystems Acres of protected and restored urban wilds and natural areas Conservation
Sustainable Development
Sustainable and Healthy Ecosystems Harvestable shellfish beds Food Safety:Fish & Wildlife Consumption
Sustainable and Healthy Ecosystems Number and volume of bird species Species
Sustained Public Support for Environment and Open Space Funding for the environment and open space Sustainable Development
Soils & Land