Annual report card is a comprehensive snapshot of region's progress on sustainability, environment, economy
SAN DIEGO – On the eve of Earth Day, Equinox Center released its fifth annual San Diego Regional Quality of Life Dashboard today. Notable, positive developments were found in employment, venture capital funding, electric vehicles and solar energy. The 2014 Dashboard also noted areas in need of improvement, including air quality and water use.
"It's good to see continued improvement in waste management and significant growth in the zero-emission vehicle market," said Equinox Center Executive Director Lani Lutar. "However, we did find there is need for improvement, particularly when it comes to water use."
The Dashboard is a nonpartisan report card compiled annually by Equinox Center, an independent, nonprofit research group, in an effort to track the region's quality of life progress. This year's Dashboard analyzed 13 economic and environmental indicators, such as air quality, energy, waste and economic prosperity.
Data was collected from 32 local, state and national agencies and organizations, including San Diego Gas & Electric, the San Diego County Water Authority, the California Department of Finance, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the U.S. Census Bureau.
The 2014 Dashboard tells us we are heading in the right direction in several areas:
The 2014 Dashboard also highlights areas where improvement is needed:
The Dashboard was released today at San Diego Gas & Electric Co.'s Energy Innovation Center. It was followed by a forum on electric vehicles.
"Equinox Center once again has given our region's leaders and advocates considerable food for thought when it comes to our quality of life," said Equinox Center Board Member Ray Ellis. "There's no doubt we need to do more when it comes to air quality and water conservation, but there's a lot of encouraging news, too. We look forward to continuing to address the issues impacting our region."
We invite you to continue the Dashboard discussion on Twitter and Facebook. Please be sure to tag your tweets and posts with #SDQoL, which stands for San Diego Quality of Life.