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Sustainable development aims to achieve environmental and human well-being. However, measures of human well-being in sustainable development are still unexplored.
Although Quality of life (QoL) intends to assess well-being, conventional QoL metrics do not include environmental features.

This study proposed a new method of evaluating sustainability at local level through environmental Quality of Life (QoLe) model which considers interaction between environmental quality (objective attributes), perceived residential environmental quality (subjective attributes) and environmental attitude of people (moderating variable). The study argued that QoLe can be achieved in a sustainable community if people possess pro-environmental attitude and are satisfied with the residential environmental qualities. This study tested the model in a sustainable housing focused caommunity and compared the results with a nearby contemporary suburban neighbourhood.

The study ran from 2009 – 2012.

Links:

Study Group – Ecovillage at Currumbin

Control Group – The Observatory

Sample house – www.yagoi.org