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Planning for Sustainable Development

Measuring Progress in Plans

Philip Berke and Maria Manta

May 1999, English

This study sets forth a set of six principles that define and operationalize the concept of sustainable development. Using these six principles, a sample of 30 comprehensive plans is evaluated to determine how well the policies of plans support sustainable development. Findings indicate no significant differences in how extensively sustainability principles are supported between plans that state an intention to integrate sustainable development and those that do not. In addition, plans do not provide balanced support of all six sustainability principles, as they support one principle significantly more than others.