Cities are complex systems. The components of urban systems, from food distribution networks and energy grids to transport and greenways, are interconnected and dynamic. Intervening to create change in any one of these components may impact others, creating systemic change. Designing solutions that take these interconnections into account is critical to sustainable development.
The five ICLEI pathways towards low emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient and circular development are designed to create systemic change. When these pathways guide local and regional development, urban systems becomes more sustainable. The pathways provide provide a framework for designing integrated solutions that balance the patterns of human life and the built and natural environments. They encourage holistic thinking. For instance, working together, the local and regional governments and global experts of ICLEI consider how nature-based development contributes to resilience, or how to bring equity into low emission development.
We design our work to integrate as many pathways as possible. Each individual pathway is multidimensional, incorporating numerous strategies for sustainable development. When more pathways are integrated into any given activity, such as a project, partnership or initiative, a greater degree of change can occur. Often, our activities are guided by a predominant pathway or set of pathways. In any given city or region, multiple activities may be implemented along each pathway.
This searchable digital collection of our activities worldwide includes technical resources, including digital platforms, methodologies and tools, as well as networks, projects, programs, partnerships, events and initiatives that guide action along the pathways, spark new partnerships and create city-to-city and city-to-region connections.
Each entry in this digital collection is marked with predominant pathways, keywords and related Sustainable Development Goals.
ICLEI is in the consortium to provide technical assistance on business modeling and stakeholder engagement. Under the project, ICLEI has recruited a local staff in Ulaanbaatar to carry out workshops and consultation meetings and surveys with households and homeowner associations, wisely utilize resources and knowledge from the TAP program, and structure business models on the […]
Energy Performance Contracting for Residential Retrofitting in Ulaanbaatar City
ICLEI leads EXCESS’ communications and dissemination work package as well as specific replication activities with the aim of raising awareness of the benefits of PEBs, engaging industry and the public sector and roll out rapid replication of PEBs in Europe. The additional role of ICLEI in the project is to assess the proliferation of Plus […]
ICLEI is responsible for several activities: Disseminate, communicate and exploit project results; Standardisation activities; Establish and maintain a framework to enable co-creation between research partners and city partners; Develop ‘state-of-the-art’ report on mainstreaming gender in building cultural heritage resilience; Review, map and characterise good practices Europe-wide in regard to making historic areas more resilient. This […]
ICLEI's roll is to review the 25 city GHG inventories for completeness and to provide support, in some cases actually completing the inventory as needed.
American Cities Climate Challenge
Over a period of nine months, ICLEI led a cohort of communities through modules and one on one technical support to improve local government operations. Modules included an introduction to GHG inventory protocols for local government operations, sustainable public procurement, fleet management, building energy retrofits, and employee engagement. As with all ICLEI USA cohort learn […]
Local Government Operations Tune Up
ICLEI USA GHG experts provided Google with a technical review of the city-level greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory data provided by the Google Environmental Insights Explorer (EIE). Staff provided a comparison to other data sources commonly used in local community-scale GHG inventories. This analysis will increase awareness and understanding for cities that wish to use EIE […]
The project includes intertwined technical analysis components. The specific tasks were: (1) develop an updated King County community-wide geographic-based greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory, including a “Contribution Analysis” quantifying key causes/drivers to recent historical trends in countywide GHGs, and (2) an analysis that builds on the inventory to quantify pathways to achieve County adopted GHG […]
King County wedge analysis
ICLEI created a facilitated multi-month training and capacity building program; the “Cohort” to build local government capacity in climate, resilience, forestry, and equity. Each cohort is theme-based and includes up to 20 participant local governments, some of whom are supported by university student externs. Cohort participants are supported by ICLEI USA technical advisors, the ICLEI […]
ACCELERATE aims to strengthen sustainable consumption and production of energy-use patterns in Pasig and Parañaque by enhancing the implementation of the PGBC and improving Energy Efficiency & Conservation (EE&C) across the board by inspiring action from the private sector and local communities. The project will address the gaps in knowledge, capacity, and awareness of the […]
ICLEI is gathering information and quantifying the climate impact of options to allow people to make better lifestyle choices aligned to a 1.5 degree scenario. We are doing this by estimating the average carbon footprint of middle class Capetonians, and estimating the carbon reduction impact of various lifestyle choices. This will help to bring to […]
Envisioning future low-carbon lifestyles and transitioning instruments
The solutions and actions developed in CityLoops range from instruments for predicting future excavated CDW and soil production, to awareness-raising campaigns, circularity decision making support tool, simulation of impacts 3D visualisation tools and procurement guidelines for OW products. A total of ten demonstration actions will be implemented, testing over 30 new tools and processes. A […]
CityLoops – Closing the loop for urban material flows
The Big Buyers Initiative presents an opportunity for public authorities to engage with other authorities across Europe and to shape new innovative solutions to their procurement needs. ICLEI and EUROCITIES are currently running the initiative on behalf of the European Commission, DG Internal Market, Industry Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW). The initiative works together with […]
ICLEI established a replicable framework that can be used by local governments throughout the country to attribute the observed changes in community GHG emissions inventories. Practitioners within cities and counties are now able to harness data to produce a more accurate depiction in changes to community-scale efficiency, communicate those trends more clearly, and use the […]
Contribution Analysis (Drivers of Change in GHG emissions)
ICLEI develops and showcases an integrated and comprehensive approach to address urban transport issues and promote sustainable built environment and urban mobility strategies. The project supports four Indian Smart Cities (Gwalior, Ludhiana , Udaipur and Visakhapatnam) by building the local government’s capacity by providing technical advisory to develop smart built environment action plans that focus […]
Supporting Sustainable Urban Transport and Built Environment in Four Indian Smart Cities
A group of students from Northeastern University has been studying Fortaleza’s current Climate Action Plan, its actions and goals, and how far they have advanced. They have also been studying American projects, policies and initiatives, in order to be able to explore how policies, technologies, and cultural differences in various countries have helped grow and […]
ICLEI SD Lab – Northeastern University