The “engine” of this tool – which traces the complex relationships between levers and impacts – is an integrated systems simulation model of a community. The model incorporates community-specific data and reflects community-specific policies and scenarios.
- has a biophysical foundation that integrates population and demographics; buildings and urban form;
- physical infrastructure and services (transportation, water, waste, energy);
- incorporates social infrastructure and services (education, healthcare, recreation) and economic activity (labour, products and services);
- accounts for the financial states and activities of the public sector, private sector and households within the community and financial flows leaving and entering the community; and
- explicitly integrates biophysical elements with financial accounting.
A presentation on the model and results is available here.