Track Progress A baseline inventory of sustainability indicators was prepared as part of this plan and is included in Appendix B. The inventory is organized by focus area and identifies the metrics (indicators) that will be tracked in order to measure progress toward plan goals. Each indicator is defined by what it measures. The inventory includes the data sources used in the baseline inventory, plus an explanation on how the indicator value was calculated.
It is important to understand that only readily available data sets (typically state and federal data) were used for the baseline inventory in order to provide consistency across the regions of the state. These data sets are typically collected on a routine basis; some annually, and some as infrequently as every 5 to 10 years (such as the United States Census). Individual projects should independently calculate their contribution to project goals in order to show progress that may not be immediately captured by these data sets. The calculations provided in the baseline inventory can be used as a guideline to determine individual project contributions.
It is recommended that the region prepare an annual sustainability scorecard to measure progress against the baseline inventory. In order to do this, a list of ongoing projects, by year of inception, should be maintained along with the data that shows their contribution to plan goals. Descriptive information about ongoing projects can support the annual inventory by discussing project phases and upcoming plans or programs.
At the time of the preparation of this plan, no individual entity has been assigned responsibility for tracking the indicators and updating the baseline inventory. It is recommended that the State provide funding to conduct this tracking and the responsibility for tracking be assigned to the regional Sustainability Working Group within the NCREDC.
North Country Region Sustainability Plan