I came across this document at the end of last year, and thought it might be of use to geography teachers.
It is a report from a design consultancy called Arcadis that ranks 100 global cities on three dimensions of sustainability – people, planet, and profit – or social, environmental and economic to us geographers.
32 different indicators have been used to develop the indicative ranking in sustainability for each city in each of the three dimensions – and there are one or two surprises in the final listing.
Zurich leads the rankings, and well-established European cities dominate the top of the table, making up 13 of the top 15 places. London comes in at a respectable 5th place. Fast-growing, emerging cities in Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East make up much of the fourth quartile of the Index, with many facing significant challenges across each area of sustainability.
The report clearly shows that cities around the world are not effectively balancing the three pillars of sustainability – in fact some cities are real split personalities, leading in some areas, but lagging far behind in others. For example, the Asian cities of Singapore and Hong Kong rank highly in profit performance, but this seems to be straining social sustainability. Factors such as the high cost of living mean these cities, sitting first and second in the profit rankings, place 48th and 81st respectively for people.
The report includes a summary of each individual city – which could be useful in the classroom:
The full report can be downloaded as a PDF here: 06687980-3179-47ad-89fd-f6afa76ebb73sustainable-cities-index-2016-global-web
Or from the web link: https://www.arcadis.com/en/global/