Environment, Development and Sustainability

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 355–366 | Cite as

Proposal of Indicators to Assess Urban Sustainability in Brazil

  • M. FehrEmail author
  • K.A. Sousa
  • A.F.N. Pereira
  • L.C. Pelizer


The research related here focuses on municipal situations where problems of sustainability may be defined and tackled on the basis of bottom-up management procedures with the participation of organized society. The aim is to build management models that may be implemented with reasonable administrative effort and cost. Implementation pursues the target of approaching a sustainable situation in the municipality. Environmental parameters for an ideal municipality with undefined geographical location are presented. For each parameter, a set of indicators is developed that can measure the prospect of sustainability. The indicators are defined in terms of numbers or literal concepts according to the possibility of measurement. Examples of management models are presented, which are able to approach the situation defined as sustainable by the indicators. The basic management tool is the learning curve of targeted communities, which is experimentally developed and applied. The indicators are grouped according to their range of applicability.

environmental guidelines environmental policies global sustainable development learning curves management models municipalities sustainable city sustainable development sustainability indicators urban sustainability. 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Fehr
    • 1
    Email author
  • K.A. Sousa
    • 1
  • A.F.N. Pereira
    • 1
  • L.C. Pelizer
    • 1
  1. 1.Federal University at UberlândiaUberlândiaBrazil

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