We initiated the process of understanding what residents thought about the current state of Chiang Mai with regards to the four key dimensions of sustainability and what they would like to see in the medium long term. What they would keep and what they would change. These public workshops were designed to listen to the communities’ concerns and understand the solutions they would like to see with regards to making Chiang Mai a more sustainable and enjoyable city to live in. To reach a larger audience, we created a public survey in Thai and English with the same purpose and launched this survey at the 2019 at the City Life Festival.
With the information we collected from the public from the previous two years, we were now able to define the key 'sustainability indicators' under each dimension and begin the process of visually displaying this information online. With the help of an expert, we designed and created the website along with the online dashboard to present the 20 “sustainability indicators” associated with the four key dimensions of sustainability (5 indicators for each dimension). Moving forward, we aim to present the 'trend data' for each of these indicators, so as to inform the public as to how Chiang Mai is progressing with regards to each of these indicators.
After several months of research, we are excited to launch our first research brief. The sustainability indicator is Waste, specifically Waste Recycling in Chiang Mai. Firstly, a deep dive both into the current situation in Thailand and Chiang Mai was performed to really understand where we are today. With new understandings of Thailand’s national waste policy, we then described a series of solutions, at both municipal, organization and residence level that can take place to greatly improve waste sorting and recycling in Chiang Mai. A book version of this research and the free PDF document are available from the online dashboard both in Thai and English.