In this webinar, presented live on January 18, 2023, we learned more about the demographic data available for your community and how it can be used in your sustainability planning.
View the slides and additional materials:
- The importance of the American Community Survey and the Decennial Census (US Census Bureau, 2022)
- Minnesota Compass - Minnesota Compass was developed when leaders from across Minnesota voiced a desire to have credible, easy-to-access data about their communities.
- Met Council's Equity Considerations Dataset - This dataset provides equity-relevant characteristics for each census tract in the Twin Cities region.
- Minnesota State Demographic Center - The Minnesota State Demographic Center (SDC), part of the Minnesota Department of Administration, is the main provider of demographic data and analysis for the state of Minnesota. The SDC assists policymakers, state and local governments, businesses, nonprofits, the media, and all Minnesotans locate and understand the demographic data they need to make smart decisions.
6.1 Adopt a comprehensive plan or (for Category B & C cities) adopt a future land use plan that was adopted by the county or a regional entity.
7.4 Provide incentives for affordable housing, workforce housing, infill projects, or for life-cycle housing at or near job or retail centers, or for achieving an average net residential density of seven units per acre.
7.5 Use design to create social trust and interaction among neighbors and allow developments that meet the prerequisites for LEED for Neighborhood Development certification.
9.2 Participate in regional economic development planning with representatives from surrounding townships, cities, the county and business interests.
14.4 Require new developments or redevelopments to prepare a travel demand management plan or transit-oriented development standards or LEED for Neighborhood Development certification.
24.1 Inclusive and Coordinated Decision-Making: Use a city commission or committee to lead, coordinate, report to and engage community members on the identification and equitable implementation of sustainability best practices.
24.2 Communicating Progress on Goals: Organize goals/outcome measures from all city plans (social, environmental, economic) and report to community members data that show progress toward meeting these goals.
24.3 Measuring Outcomes: Engage community members and partners in identifying, measuring, and reporting progress on key sustainability and social indicators/ including energy use/greenhouse gas emissions, social vitality/social inclusion outcome measures.
24.5 Planning with a Purpose: Conduct a community visioning and planning initiative that engages a diverse set of community members & stakeholders and uses a sustainability, resilience, or environmental justice framework.
24.7 Expanding Community Engagement: Engage Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), renters, low-income, new Americans, differently abled and other traditionally under-represented community members by encouragement, and support to participate in current and new opportunities in city government.
25.1 Grow new/emerging green businesses and green jobs through targeted assistance and new workforce development.
27.4 Measurably increase institutional buying, and sales through groceries and restaurants.
28.4 Use 21st century ecodistrict tools to structure, guide and link multiple green and sustainable projects together in a mixed-use neighborhood/development, or innovation district, aiming to deliver superior social, environmental and economic outcomes.
29.1 Prepare to maintain public health and safety during extreme weather and climate-change-related events, while also taking a preventive approach to reduce risk for community members.
29.2 Integrate climate resilience into city or tribal planning, policy, operations, and budgeting processes.
29.3 Increase social connectedness through engagement, capacity building, public investment, and opportunities for economically vulnerable residents to improve their economic prosperity and resilience to climate change.
29.6 Reduce the urban heat impacts of public buildings, sites, and infrastructure and provide resiliency co-benefits.
29.7 Protect water supply and wastewater treatment facilities to reduce physical damage and sustain their function during extreme weather events.
29.8 Improve local energy resilience by minimizing fuel poverty, installing distributed renewable energy systems, and developing microgrids that can improve energy system resiliency.
- #4 Infrastructure for Walking and Biking
- #5 Car, Transit, and Bike Options
- #6 Transportation Modes & Miles
- #7 Land Use
- #10 Drinking Water
- #11 Wastewater
- #12 Solid Waste
- #13 Renewable Energy
- #15 Local Food
- #16 Jobs & Employment
- #17 Climate
- #18 Additional Metrics