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Securites and Ecologies Commission (SEC)

Philadelphia Ecodevelopment Indicators

by Paul Glover

These INDICATORS of local economic health provide a specific formula for assigning numeric values to the increase or decline of sustainable local economy.  Valuations are weighted relative to one another according to long-range communitywide impact.  They are constantly adjusted, by the Securities and Ecologies Commission (SEC) to create a more full and balanced portrait of Philadelphia's economy.  The SEC database plugs in the numbers, calculates values, subtotals, and the total (base 100).  Raw data are obtained by regular arrangements with relevant agencies or through FOIA.  Some are fixed infrastructure calculations; others change monthly, quarterly, semiannually, annually, or decenially.  Best estimates, with explicit guidelines, may be sufficient.

TRANSPORTATION
Reliance on autos depletes local economy, degrades environment, reduces public health.
+1for every 300 reduction of traffic accidents, annual
-1for every 300 increase of traffic accidents, annual
+1for every 5% seasonal increase in SEPTA ridership
-1for every 5% seasonal decrease in SEPTA ridership
+1for every 5,000 passenger increase in regional/national bus arrivals/departures, annually
-1for every 5,000 passenger decrease in regional/national bus arrivals/departures, annually
+1for every 5% decrease of Philadelphia vehicle registration per capita
-1for every 5% increase of Philadelphia vehicle registration per capita
-1for every 1,000,000 vehicles /month on Route 76 at Ford Road
-1for every 700,000 vehicles /month on Route 1 at Route 611
+1for every 100,000 vehicles /month reduced on Route 76 at Ford Road
+1for every 200,000 vehicles /month reduced on Route 1 at Route 611
+1for every 5 miles of bike lanes
+1for every mile of bike paths
+5for every mile of fixed rail trolley
FOOD
Secure regional food production insulates us from disruption of imports, price shocks, and toxic content
+1for every 2 acres of active organic garden within Philadelphia
+1for every acre of organic orchard within Philadelphia
+1for every 200 subscribers to Community Supported Agriculture farms (CSAs) within 60 miles
+1for every 1,000 members of food cooperatives
+1for every 10 farms within 80 miles selling at Farmers' Markets
+1for every 10 Farmers' Markets whose farmers are located within 80 miles
+1for every 20 restaurants purchasing from farms within 80 miles
+1for every 5% increase of harvest of wheat and corn, average annually, within a 200 mile radius
-1for every 5% decrease of harvest of wheat and corn, average annually, within a 200 mile radius
+1for every 1,000 quarts /day capacity of nonprofit community cannery relying on 60-mile radius
+2for every 1,000 pounds from nonprofit community pasteria relying on 150-mile radius
+1for every 1,000 quarts output of nonprofit community cannery
RAINFALL
The foundation of businesses, homes, and farms.  Without sufficient rain, we'd all leave Philadelphia.
+1for every month within 10% of 1880-1980 average
-1for every month >10% below 1880-1980 average
+10for every month 10-24% above 1880-1980 average when preceded by month 10-24% below average
-1for every month 10-24% below 1880-1980 average when preceded by month 10-24% below average
+10for every month >25% above 1880-1980 average following one month >25% below average
+10for every month >25% above 1880-1980 average following two consecutive months 10-24% below average
-10for every month >25% below 1880-1980 average when preceded by one month >25% below average
+10for any four months consecutive 10-15% above 1880-1980 average
-10for any four months consecutive >10% below 1880-1980 average
WATER QUALITY
Humans are 90% water.
+1for every 5 acres green roof installed
+1for every 5 acres abandoned parking lot depaved
+1for every expansion of wetland by 10,000 square feet
-1for every reduction of wetland by 5,000 square feet
-1for every 250,000 gallons per year bottled water sold
+1for every 20 abandoned underground fuel storage tanks removed
-1for every 20 abandoned underground fuel storage tanks remaining
-1for every 10 miles of combined sewer
-1for every sewer overflow episode
+1for every 500 compost toilets
-1for every 100,000 flush toilets
SOIL
The food of food.  The only real heritage we leave.
+1for every 10,000 square foot decrease of paving footprint
-1for every 10,000 sqaure foot increase of paving footprint
+1for every 50 rural properties enrolled in DVR soil conservation plan
+1for every 50 acres deeded to Philadelphia Land Trust or PRAISE
+1for every 100 acres TDR to conservation organization or PRAISE
+1for every 500 urban grass lawns converted to flower/food garden
+1for every 500 compost toilets
+1for every 500 increase in compost bins
SOLID WASTE
Garbage doesn't go away.
+1for every 2% trash collection tonnage reduction
-1for every 2% trash collection tonnage increase
FUEL
Conservation is the core of economic development.
+1for each month HDD/CDD within 10% of normal
-1for each month HDD >15% above normal Oct-Apr
-1for each month CDD >15% above normal May-Sept
+1for every 1,000 additional double- or triple-pane windows installed (≥R25)
+1for every 500 residential wall/attic insulation installations (≥R25)
+1for every 50 underground/semiunderground (>50% footprint) buildings on existing footprint
+1for every 100 additional solar electric installations
+1for every 500 additional solar hot water heaters
+1for every 500 additional wind (3mph+ startup)
+1for every 10 additional cogeneration units
+1for every 500 additional members of residential fuel co-op
+1for every frame home rebuilt or retrofitted >25% earth bermed or underground
+10for every 100kwh average residential decrease of Philadelphia electric usage, seasonal
-10for every 100kwh average residential increase of Philadelphia electric usage, seasonal
+10for every Quad decrease of Philadelphia natural gas usage, seasonal
-10for every Quad increase of Philadelphia natural gas usage, seasonal
-1for every 500 units of new construction permitted by Counties of Montgomery, Delaware, and Bucks, annually
-1for every 10,000 flush toilets, annual
+1for every 1,000 compost toilets, annual
+1for every 1,000 square feet of adaptive re-use from large retaliers to locally-owned light mfg. or housing
-1for every 100,000 square feet of chain retail
HOUSING
Ownership stabilizes neighborhoods, strengthening community participation.
+1for every one percent increase of homeownership and corresponding decrease of rental, excluing on-campus units
+1for every 5% of rental housing units locally-owned
-1for every 1% rental housing units not locally-owned
+1for every 50 units LEED low-mod housing
+1for every 50 beds at locally-owned hotels/motels/B&Bs
+1for every youth hostel >10 beds, annual
-1for every 500 motel/hotel rooms owned by non-locally-based chain
+1for every 5% shift of room tax revenues from hotel/motel chains to B&Bs
HEALTH
Can't buy it in malls, can't live well without it.
+1for every 500 reduction of ER visits, annual
-1for every 500 increase of ER visits, annual
+1for every 0.5% decrease in diabetes rate
-1for every 0.5% increase in diabetes rate
+1for every 0.5% decrease in breast cancer rate
-1for every 0.5% increase in breast cancer rate
+1for every 0.1% decrease in Philadelphia birth rate, seasonal
-1for every 0.1% increase in Philadelphia birth rate, seasonal
+1for every 100 fewer traffic injuries/deaths
-1for every 100 additional traffic injuries/deaths
+1for every 5% reduction of child hunger rate
-1for every 10,000 chronically hungry children
+2for every nonprofit community-owned dental clinic
-2for absence of nonprofit community-owned dental clinic
+1for every City-owned free clinic
+1for every 1,000 current members of PhilaHealthia
MEDIA
Many sources for many voices keep democracy alive.
+5for third and each subsequent locally-owned daily newspaper, annual
+2for third and each subsequent locally-owned weekly newspaper, mainimum circulation 3,000, excluding newsletters
+1for every locally-owned monthly newspaper, minimum circulation 2,000, excluding newsletters
+5for each locally-owned noncommercial radio station sustained at least 50% by subscribers
+1for every neighborhood low-power FM radio station
+1for every 20 regular programs on local access cable
+1for every locally-owned Internet Service Provider
+1for every 100 library internet stations
+1for every 7 square miles wifi availability <$15 /month
+1for every 10,000 subscribers/readers to local-topic listserves or e-zines publishing, excluding blogs
LABOR
Freedoms to create new jobs and to be respected at work require support for small business and unions.
+10for presence of Livable Wage legislation
-2for every % income total to top 20% Philadelphia households above that % income total
to bottom 20% households (Gini Coefficient)
+1for every 1% decreased income gap between top 10% and lowest 10% income groups
-1for every 1% increased income gap between top 10% and lowest 10% income groups
-1for every 1% greater Philadelphia unemployment among African-Americans than among whites
+1for every 200 DBAs filed in Philadelphia annually
-1for every 1,000 jobs at a single employer
+1for every percent Philadelphia employees enrolled in a union
+1for every percent Philadelphia employees at businesses <20 employees
FINANCE
Building local wealth relies mainly on local residents and our choices at the market.
+1for every 5% of sales tax revenue from locally-owned businesses
-1for every 5% of sales tax revenue from non-local chain retailers
+1for every 10% occupancy of Center City retail spaces
+1for every $10,000 MediCash repaid from loans, annual
+1for every 100 PRAISE investors $1,000+ each
+1for every PRAISE program receiving $10,000+ investment
+1for every $1,000,000 lent into lowest decile income census tracts
+1for every neighborhood currency traded among 1,000+ residents for >1 year
+1for every zip code served yb a credit union branch
-1for every 5 zip codes without a credit union branch
CRIME
+2for presence of a drug court
+2for presence of a youth court (ex-youth offenders serve as judges)
+1for every 50 fewer school assaults yearly (base 1,000)
-1for every 50 additional school assaults yearly (base 1,000)
+1for every 40 fewer murders yearly (base 400)
-1for every 40 additional murders yearly (base 400)
+1for every 50 fewer forcible rapes yearly (base 1,000)
-1for every 50 additional forcible rapes yearly (base 1,000)
+1for every 200 fewer robberies yearly (base 10,000)
-1for every 200 additional robberies yearly (base 10,000)
+1for every 200 fewer burglaries yearly (base 10,000)
-1for every 200 additional burglaries yearly (base 10,000)
+1for every 200 fewer assaults yearly (base 10,000)
-1for every 200 additional assaults yearly (base 10,000)
+1for every 1,000 fewer thefts yearly (base 40,000)
-1for every 1,000 additional thefts yearly (base 40,000)
+1for every 100 fewer subprime mortgage loans
-1for every 100 additional subprime mortgage loans
GOVERNMENT
Relied upon to promote legislation favorable to ecodevelopment.
+1for every City Council member endorsed by Philadelphia SEC
-1for every City Council member not endorsed by Philadelphia SEC
+1for every City Department head endorsed by Philadelphia SEC
-1for every City Department head not endorsed by Philadelphia SEC
OVERALL
+10for any total annual increase of 10 of the + categories above
-10for any total annual decrease of 10 of the + categories above
+1for every 3 of the above categories calculated
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