The sustainable neighborhoods for happiness (SNfH) decision tool: Assessing neighborhood level sustainability and happiness

Siddhanth Paralkar, Scott Cloutier, Snigdha Nautiyal, Ramanuj Mitra

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Abstract

The relationship between sustainability and happiness is an intriguing and growing research area (Cloutier et al., 2013; Montgomery, 2013; Florida et al., 2013; Leyden et al., 2011). However, a review of primary literature and research indicates a missing gap in neighborhood level assessments of sustainability and happiness. The Sustainable Neighborhoods for Happiness Index (SNHI) was developed using city level data and studies (Cloutier et al., 2014), but was created with the intent of serving as a neighborhood measure. Within this paper, we detail the development of the Sustainable Neighborhoods for Happiness (SNfH) Decision Tool – a neighborhood level assessment tool, derived from the SNHI, to assist in decisions around future strategies for sustainable community development. While several sustainability decision tools exist, there is a need for those that are easily understood and accessible to neighborhood stakeholders (e.g., residents, community leaders, city employees). The SNfH Decision Tool was created with a user-friendly graphical front-end and embedded back-end calculations to inform users. The goal is to help neighborhood stakeholders identify the needs of their community to swiftly take action to alleviate issues and promote a sustainable and happy future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10-18
Number of pages9
JournalEcological Indicators
Volume74
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

Keywords

  • Decision tool
  • Happiness
  • Neighborhood assessment
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Decision Sciences(all)
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology

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