Pacific Coast Environmental Metrics
"Specializing in measuring intangibles."

The slogan for Pacific Coast Environmental Metrics is "Specializing in measuring intangibles." In life, there are things that can be measured precisely, like the amount of money in a bank account, but also things that can not be measured directly, like the health of a community group or ecosystem. Most systems are a combination of both tangible and intangible values. PCEM can assist your community group in determining how much intangibles exist within your system and how to utilize them.

For example, your community group manages a water source. You know the water allocation licenses, you know the allowable volumes, and you know the environment. Do you have a management plan that will work? Or maybe your efforts are not enough, and you would like to know, "Why is this not working?" Pacific Coast Environmental Metrics can work with you to ensure that the participants understand the unique attributes of common pool resources that result in collective outcomes, and help your community group build appropriate structures for successfully achieving the maximum collective outcome.

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Recent News:

07/01/11: tim's nearly finished with the Master of Resource Management program at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. For tim's thesis he calculated how many times a dollar circulates in Dunster, B.C. He developed a model based on Snakes and Ladders and mathematically solved the economy. We're open to doing this in other communities, so if you're interested and can assure participation by the local business community, drop us a line at metrics [at] Most of the data collection can be done with paper-based surveys, so the costs would be low for your community. Perhaps, with enough interest, we would add a web-based interface for the data collection (oh, that's right, we did it already, for our own data collection, just need to upload it off our laptop...)

06/12/11: We are greatly saddened to hear of Dr. Elinor Ostrom's death. Her work inspired tim to pursue community-based management of natural resources. Dr. Ostrom often offered support for tim's efforts, and she and Vincent entertained tim and his family one afternoon in June of 2010, at her home in Bloomington, Indiana.

09/04/10: Times have been busy, with the new Zero Waste Planet portal development and other efforts. If your company or organization produces waste, we're looking to list it. For those wanting to read the full Letter to the Editor making its rounds in various outlets about Catalyst's efforts to force mill towns into a Prisoner's Dilemma, we've put it online.

14/11/09: We have an article in the November/December issue of the Watershed Sentinel on the flawed viewpoint of Garret Hardin and the ability of community groups to manage the commons. The article was written and submitted for publication before Dr. Ostrom won her Nobel Prize, so we couldn't really rewrite it to emphasize Dr. Ostrom's work, but great timing, none-the-less.

12/10/09: Dr. Elinor Ostrom wins Nobel Prize in Economics! Wow, what an amazing day! A rising tide lifts all boats, so everyone that is involved with community management of natural resources should feel they share in this recognition. Please visit our Common Pool Resources page and our Collective Action page to learn more about Dr. Ostrom's lifelong work.

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