USD and the Equinox Project at The Nonprofit Institute Release the 2019 San Diego Regional Quality of Life Dashboard

Snapshot of quality of life indicators on page, including air quality, beach water quality, climate change, electric vehicles, electricity use, employment,  entrepreneurship, and housing

Launched in August 2010, the first San Diego Regional Quality of Life Dashboard was released to shine a spotlight on questions that truly matter to San Diegans. Using environmental and economic indicators, the dashboard measures and benchmarks trends throughout the region tracking a central theme: Is the quality of life improving?

Drawing on strong relationships with nonprofit organizations, government agencies and the business community, the Dashboard provides a balanced snapshot of the region’s well-being using credible data, clear metrics and ongoing benchmarks. The dashboard tracks the region's progress on critical, interlinking quality-of-life issues and provides examples of where things are working and ideas for how the region can improve.


Quality-of-life issues are vitally important to our residents and businesses. Some 77% of San Diego County voters believe that we can have a clean environment and a strong economy at the same time without having to choose one over the other. In addition, 72% of voters believe that the San Diego region should take a leadership position in setting goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Equinox Project’s set of indicators is intended to be a quick and easily digestible snapshot, not unlike the set of gauges on a car’s dashboard that tell you how well your vehicle is running and when there is a problem. These indicators support the region’s leaders, including policymakers, community groups and businesses, in identifying challenges and addressing solutions to ensure long-term improvement in our quality of life.


We at The Nonprofit Institute are excited to be the new home for the Quality of Life Dashboard and for the opportunity to continue to enhance its value for the community, leveraging The Nonprofit Institute resources and the resources, including faculty and researchers, of the School of Leadership and Education Sciences and the larger University of San Diego to make it the most impactful resource for the region. 


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