Efficient Use of Resources

The Indicators

These indicators help evaluate the Kansas City region's social cohesion:

In the long run, economic competitiveness requires efficient use of resources.

This is obvious for resources a business purchases – the less it spends to produce a given amount of output, the greater its profitability. But it is also true for important resources that are shared rather than purchased, such as the air we breathe, the water we drink and the land on which we live and recreate. Indeed, those areas that take care of these common resources find that such natural amenities are an important component of their inherent attractiveness of place, one that helps them attract the innovative human capacity upon which a region’s economic competitiveness ultimately rests.

In the past, we treated the environment and the economy as if the improvement of one necessarily hurt the other.

We know differently now. Over-consumption of scarce resources and emissions of waste products are signs of economic inefficiency as well as harmful to the environment. On the other hand, both the economy and nature are helped if we adopt innovations that simultaneously increase economic and natural resource efficiency.    

Ultimately, the kind of future in which our children and grandchildren can expect to live depends upon how successful we are in finding and implementing such win-win strategies.

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