Sustainable Development and Residents' Satisfaction Levels with the Quality of Life: A Comparison between Ecuador and Southern California
Mentor:Vinod Sasidharan, Associate Professor, Sustainable Tourism Management, San Diego State University
The purpose of this study is to obtain a better understanding of how to implement sustainable design solutions that improve the quality of life for residents. The main goal of this research is to discover alternative design solutions to address community needs. By conducting a bi-national comparative research of Ecuador and The United States, similarities and differences can be evaluated and exchanged to better understand effective implementation methods that increase community empowerment and sustainable development. This study analyzes individuals perspectives regarding six factors that impact sustainable developments world-wide; conservation, education, community involvement, infrastructure, energy systems, water and land use. The data collected is from forty residents of various communities in both countries. Participants were asked to assert agreement levels to a series of statements to measure their satisfaction levels. Analyses of their responses provide alternative solutions that enhance resident’s quality of life while considering the psycho-sociological phenomenon in design. The findings can act as a framework to help accommodate future research applied to international and multi-regional environments that address the needs of community members.