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» February 18, 2010

Accountability Through Measurement: CSIN conference to advance best practices for sustainability

WINNIPEG—February 18, 2010—How to gauge progress towards social, economic and environmental sustainability is the main focus of the Canadian Sustainability Indicators Network’s two-day conference on Accountability Through Measurement, to be held at the Marriott Courtyard in Toronto, March 2 and 3, 2010.

CSIN is a one-of-a-kind Canadian network of 1,200 members with a mission to foster development of sustainability indicators and the effective use of these indicators in decision-making. The network is part of the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s measurement and assessment program.

Roy Romanow, chair of the Canadian Institute of Wellbeing, will be the keynote speaker at the gala dinner on March 3, talking about the importance of measuring what matters most to Canadians.

“Accountability and sustainability cannot be achieved with accurate measurements of our successes and failures,” said László Pintér, IISD director of measurement and assessment.

The 2nd National CSIN Conference follows OECD’s Charting Progress, Building Visions, Improving Life World Forum, held in South Korea in October 2009, which featured the launch of IISD’s BellagioSTAMP, a set of guiding principles to measure and assess progress towards sustainability.

The CSIN conference features presentations by renowned experts including:

The conference offers several optional workshops as well as plenary sessions. Themes include:

The media desk will open in Spadina Foyer of the Marriott Courtyard at 7:30 a.m., March 2. Registration is available online.

About CSIN

The Canadian Sustainable Indicators Network (CSIN) is housed with IISD’s Measurement and Assessment program in Winnipeg. CSIN connects the institute with international, national, provincial, regional and local communities.

For more information, please contact:
IISD media officer, Nona Pelletier: Phone: +1-(204)-958-7740, Cell: +1-(204)-962-1303 or
Sue Barkman at the conference: Phone: +1-(204)-958-7738, Cell: +1-(204)-795-5898

IISD contributes to sustainable development by advancing policy recommendations on international trade and investment, economic policy, climate change and energy, natural and social capital, and the enabling role of communication technologies in these areas.