Why monitor this indicator?
Offering visitor services and maintaining resident lifestyles and needs currently requires significant quantities of various materials. Waste is generally produced and energy generally used (embodied) in all stages of extracting, making, packaging, transporting, using and finally disposing of products and residuals. Currently, all of these lifecycle stages have potential negative environmental impacts which are measured using the proxy total material use in Whistler. Managing material use is important and can contribute to a reduction of overall material flows.