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.
We support and promote sustainable production of renewable resources from land, fisheries and aquaculture, and their conversion into bio-based products and bio-energy to drive growth in new jobs and industries in the bio-economy in Europe. (Europe).
We created contribution analysis methodology to illustrate the drivers of change in greenhouse gas emissions over time, informing a city or region of program efficacy and opportunities to advocate stronger policy across multiple levels of government in the United States. (20 cities, 3 regions: North America)
We work as part of the City Climate Planner Certificate Program to train and certify professionals working with greenhouse gas inventories, offering skills development in designing, planning and implementing green growth initiatives, in order to increase the global talent base of local climate planning specialists. (globally)
We enable cities in North America to calculate, forecast, plan and monitor emissions under all community and local government operation protocols through the ClearPath online suite of emissions management tools. (383 cities: North America)
ICLEI advances global dialogue and action that links science, policy and practice, by convening city leaders and practitioners with research and academia, national governments and entrepreneurs to examine policy gaps and opportunities, ultimately supporting the global Innovate4Cities accelerator that defines research and innovation priorities to inform national research agendas and analyses - as galvanized by the Edmonton Declaration in support of CitiesIPCC process. (globally)
We use a transdisciplinary learning approach and scientific research to provide accessible, timely, applicable and defensible climate information needed by decision makers operating at the city and regional scale, strengthening their understanding of climate processes trends that drive the southern African climate system variability. (Africa)
We serve as a knowledge broker to bridge the gap between research, policy-making and action in sustainable development, connecting local governments and stakeholder groups such as researchers, civil society initiatives and start-ups across Europe. (Europe)
We accelerate knowledge transfer and dialogue and raise awareness of innovative public procurement in the field of Education and Technology Enhanced Learning across Europe. (5 cities: Europe)
We support cities and regions setting 100 percent renewable energy targets globally, by providing a global forum for discussion and exchange among policymakers and practitioners from various levels of government, energy experts, service providers, researchers and business representatives that creates a multiplier effect for local action on renewable energy. (globally)
We engage local, national and global decision makers, and city staff and urban resilience and adaptation experts in a global platform designed to assess global resilience indicators and forge new partnerships to advance resilient urban development. (globally)