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 strategize ways to increase the value of existing buildings through significant energy and architectural transformation, ranging from facade additions to rooftop extensions, in order to reach the Nearly Zero Energy Buildings and extreme renovation goal in Europe. (Europe)
Through our City-Business Collaboration Accelerator - CiBiX - we foster city-business collaboration worldwide for sustainable development through demand-driven, facilitated market engagement. (globally)
As part of smart city demonstration projects, we lead critical and open debates on how smart solutions impact social cohesion and urban environmental goals, ultimately shaping the smart cities debate across Europe. (50 cities: Europe)
We research, campaign, build capacity and advocate for fair Information and Communications Technology for workers and those impacted along different stages of the ICT supply chain in Europe. (Europe)
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 build local capacity to improve quality of life, supporting local elected representatives and authorities in South Asia to create, enable and institutionalize equitable and inclusive governance mechanisms (4 cities, 4 regions: South Asia).
We demonstrate how to combine Information and Communications Technology, e-mobility and energy solutions to design smart, resilient cities for all in partnership with the private sector and research institutions. (25 cities: Europe)
We explore the use of social media and other Information and Communications Technology solutions to enhance public participation and urban co-creation in European cities, giving citizens access to easily digestible city data and enabling them to better support the decision-making process. (3 cities: Europe)
We bring global practices to Indian cities and provide greater access to technical expertise, knowledge exchange in order to deliver more climate-safe and people-friendly mobility in cities. (2 cities: South Asia)
We develop and showcase an integrated and comprehensive approach to address urban transport issues and promote a sustainable built environment by implementing nationally recommended steps and strategies. (4 cities: South Asia)