Measuring Sustainability: Application Adaptive Quantitative Method
The index of sustainable functionality (ISF) is an adaptive, multi-criteria technique that is used to measure sustainability; it is a concept that is transposable to many regions throughout the world. An ISF application of South East Queensland (SEQ), Australia indicated, over a 25 year period, an increase of functionality. The functionality related to the level of sustainability within the measured region. The ISF of SEQ utilised methodologies that expanded the concept of weightings by the use of an expert panel. The results of the ISF of SEQ attained an intermediate level of functionality, which amounted to related concerns of economic progress and lack of social awareness. Further testing of the ISF would measure changes in sustainability over time and develop sustainability trends. As a management tool, the ISF record can support future regional sustainability practice and decision making alike. This research adaptively analyses sustainability – a concept that is lacking throughout much of the academic literature and any reciprocal experimentation. This lack of knowledge base has been the emphasis of where future sustainability research can grow from and prove useful in rapidly growing regions. It is the intentions of this research to help further develop the notions of index-based quantitative sustainability.
Keywords: Environmental Management, Environmental Engineering, Index of Sustainable Functionality Sustainability Indicators, Sustainable Development
Dr. Giuseppe Tommaso Cirella
PhD Student, Griffith School of Engineering, Griffith University