Indian River County quality of life community indicators project

Active Project? Yes
Year Project Began: 2007
Year of Last Input: 2011
Last Updated: Aug 7 2017
Project Location:
Indian River County, Florida
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Lead Organization:
Pelican Island Audubon Society
Type of Organization:

Geographic Scope


Issue Areas

Arts and Culture, Children & Youth, Climate Change, Economy, Education, Employment, Environment, Equity, Governance, Health & Wellbeing, Housing, Infrastructure, Land Use, Other, Population, Poverty, Public Safety, Recreation, Social, Transportation, Civic Engagement


The Pelican Island Audubon Society initiated this project in 2007 to encourage the county commissioners and the community leaders to think about how they would attain a sustainable quality of life. They have claimed they want to be sustainable but never progressed past a county compreheneive plan done many years ago. Pelican Island Audubon Society leaders took the initiative, formed an advisory group, conducted focus groups and workshops in many parts of the county, and gathered ideas for indicator categories and sources for data bases. We are now about to open up a web site, invite community responses to a short survey, and develop a much more detailed county wide survey to determine a useful list of indicators. We are exploring ways to link to the many data bases — economic, social and environmental — we know to exist in county, regional and state agencies and in the hands of other NGOs. We are also looking to the local schools and colleges for help in gathering and examining available data bases for their value to this project.

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Project Contact:

Graham Cox
Pelican Island Audubon Society -
Vero Beach Florida USA