San Diego Regional Quality of Life Dashboard

Is San Diego’s quality of life improving?

The Quality of Life Dashboard measures and benchmarks several environmental and economic trends throughout the region to ensure San Diego County is on a path to greater health, wealth, comfort and sustainability for current and future generations.

Overview About The Data Dashboard

Our Mission

Turning research into action to help achieve a healthier environment, stronger economy, and informed civic engagement for all.

Core Values

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We stand for stewardship of distinctive natural beauty and unique habitats: land, water, climate, and diverse ecosystems.

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We support a competitive economy that yields widely shared prosperity across the region.

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We believe in fostering participation in creating places in which people like to live, work and play.


The Equinox Project is a nonpartisan policy initiative that inspires, informs and engages the public and decision-makers in crafting better solutions to regional challenges. Rather than focusing on just one issue, Equinox focuses on the intersecting issues that together shape regional quality of life. Equinox specializes in:
  • Tracking key environmental and economic indicators through our Regional Quality of Life Dashboard
  • Communicating data and policy research to inform the public and influence decision-makers
  • Engaging young adults to participate in regional environmental and economic issues to ensure a growing generation of informed and civically engaged residents (Learn more about Leaders 2020)

Originating in 2009 in the San Diego region, Equinox developed as a credible source for balanced public policy research and analysis. Although the San Diego region is still our main project area, Equinox is broadening its reach to other local governments and regions in California and beyond. 

Transition From Center for Sustainable Energy to The Nonprofit Institute

In February 2019, The Equinox Project moved from the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) to The Nonprofit Institute at the University of San Diego (USD). During the time at CSE, the QOL Dashboard was supported by the Equinox Project’s Advisory Committee comprised of leaders from the business and sustainability communities. We want to thank CSE and the Advisory Committee for providing stewardship and strategic guidance in support of the QOL Dashboard as a critical tool that informs decision making in support of a strong economy and healthy environment to improve quality of life.