Urban Design – Built Form and Accessibility






The  city provides residents with walkable access between safe and affordable housing, basic urban services, and open/green space. It demonstrates environmentally friendly transport options and provides walking and transit access to close-by employment.

Clean Air






The city maintains a level of air quality that is conducive to good health within buildings, the city’s air shed, and atmosphere.

Clean and Renewable Energy





Energy is provided for, and extracted, generated and consumed without significant negative impact to ecosystems or to short or long-term human health and does not exacerbate climate change.

Healthy and Accessible Food





Sufficient amounts of healthy and nutritious food are accessible to all and are grown, manufactured, distributed and recycled by processes which maintain the healthy function of ecosystems and do not exacerbate climate change.

 

Responsible Resources/Materials





Non-food and non-energy renewable and non-renewable resources are sourced, allocated, managed and recycled responsibly and equitably, and without adversely affecting human health or the resilience of ecosystems.

 

Healthy Soil






Soils functions and operations meet their ranges of healthy ecosystem functions as appropriate to their types and environments; fertility is maintained or improved.

Clean and Safe Water





Residents have sufficient and continuous access to convenient and affordable clean drinking-water and domestic use water; city water sources, waterways and waterbodies are healthy and function without negative impact to ecosystems.

Healthy Culture





Cultural activities that strengthen eco-literacy, patterns of human knowledge and creative expression are facilitated, symbolic thought and social learning is developed.

Community Capacity/Governance





Full and equitable community participation is supported in decision making processes along with legal, physical and organizational support for neighborhoods, community organizations, institutions and agencies to enhance their capacities.

Healthy and Equitable Economy




The city’s economy consistently favors economic activities that reduce harm and positively benefit the environment and human health and support a high level of local and equitable, formal and informal employment options.

Lifelong Education




Residents have access to lifelong education including access to information about history of place, culture, ecology, and tradition provided through formal and informal education, vocational training and other social institutions.

Quality of Life





Residents report satisfaction with their quality of life including employment, the built, natural and landscaped environment, physical and mental health, education, safety, recreation and leisure, and social belonging.

Healthy Biodiversity





Biodiversity of local, bioregional and global ecosystems is sustained, including species diversity, ecosystem diversity and genetic diversity; natural habitat and biodiversity is restored.

Earth’s Carrying Capacity






Demands on ecosystems are within the limits of the Earth’s bio-capacity, resources are converted restoratively and support regional ecological integrity.

Ecological Integrity






Essential linkages within and between ecosystems are maintained and provide contiguous habitat areas and ecological corridors.

Going Forward with IEFS

Ecocity Builders and the IEFS are now at the forefront of global discussions on sustainable cities development. At the same time, we have maintained our grassroots base with existing and new partnerships with our early partner cities, with like minded nonprofits, and with our constituents in the San Francisco Bay Area. In order to successfully roll out the IEFS in a transparent manner with a high level of participation at the international scale while ramping up visibility and influence through its next stage of development, testing and implementation, Ecocity Builders will seek to continue to develop organizational capacity, funding, programs and processes for collaboration with other stakeholders, including the public sector, foundations and the private sector.

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