The role of sustainability assessment in sustainability management for urban redevelopment

Daniel Gilmour*, David Blackwood, Ruth Falconer, John Isaacs, Edward Simpson

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    Sustainability assessment has the potential to influence decision making and hence to improve the management of sustainability. This paper presents the development and reporting of benchmark sustainability indicators and discusses the challenges of embedding sustainability indicators into existing process for urban infrastructure development. It links sustainability indicators with a range of tools that were implemented within a Sustainability Enhancement and Monitoring Framework for the £1billion redevelopment of Dundee Waterfront. The sustainability monitoring framework followed the UK and Scottish Government thematic indicator approach and provided a set of Sustainability Benchmark Indicators for assessing and managing a public sector funded urban redevelopment. The process of indicator development was iterative and consisted of three main activities, literature, interviews and document analysis. Indicators were finalised through close working with Dundee City Council, Scottish Enterprise and partnership stakeholders. The indicators were successfully established in 2010 within Dundee City Council at project and departmental level, providing the link across policies, programmes and projects. The indictor development process is discussed and the findings of a January 2015 review of changes in the benchmark indicators will be reported. The transition of the indicators over time and its impact on future sustainability enhancement opportunities are evaluated alongside the implications for sustainability management of Dundee Waterfront. The efficacy of the benchmark indicators to support sustainability management over the planned 30 year programme of urban redevelopment is discussed. The wider implications of the findings of the Dundee Waterfront project are reviewed in the context of current work on sustainability assessment
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings 31st Annual ARCOM Conference, September 7-9, Lincoln, UK
    EditorsAni Raidén, Emmanuel Aboagye-Nimo
    Place of PublicationNottingham
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)9780955239090
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2015
    Event31st Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM) conference - Nottingham Trent University, Lincoln, United Kingdom
    Duration: 7 Sept 20159 Sept 2015
    Conference number: 31st


    Conference31st Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM) conference
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


    • Sustainability assessment
    • Decision making
    • Knowledge management
    • Sustainable development


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