Sustainable Communities

Sustainable communities is a sub-theme of sustainable development.

Sustainable communities are places where people will want to live and work, today and into the future. The concepts of 'sustainable communities', 'smart cities', 'future cities', 'intelligent cities' and 'eco-cities' have many overlaps. A strategic approach that considers the needs of citizens and other stakeholders, balancing social, environmental and economic issues, should create a 'sustainable community'. Use of integrated, intelligent infrastructure to deal with many issues should create a 'smart city'. Many cities and communities could therefore be described as both.



Communities (neighbourhoods, parishes, towns, cities, regions, etc.) want to have a better and more enjoyable place to live. Sustainable community development can help improve social and economic opportunities, help protect the local environment and make responsible decisions about procurement of products and services.


Links to standards related to Sustainable Communities

BS ISO 37101

Sustainable development in communities. Management system for sustainable development. Requirements with guidance for use.

BS 8904

Community sustainable development. Guidance.

PAS 180

Smart cities. Vocabulary.

PAS 181

Smart city framework. Guide to establishing strategies for smart cities and communities.

BS ISO 37120

Sustainable development and resilience of communities. Indicators for city services and quality of life.

PD ISO/TR 37150

Smart community infrastructures. Review of existing activities relevant to metrics.

PD ISO/TS 37151

Smart community infrastructures. Principles and requirements for performance metrics.

ISO/TR 37121

Sustainable development in communities. Inventory and review of existing indicators on sustainable development and resilience in cities.


Links to standards in development