IEFS Indicator Development

Ecocity Builders and its network of Partner Advisers is creating the first International Ecocities Framework and Standards (IEFS) so participating cities may assess their ecological condition in conjunction with a global network of local governments and subject matter experts committed to a whole-systems improvement process.

A way to visualize an ecocity assessment along the 15 dimensions (coded for natural capital, social capital and financial capital).

The goal of the IEFS is to provide support and criteria by which cities can adopt measures that would enable them to successfully move toward becoming ecocities. This approach would provide a network, tools and a methodology for cities to assess their performance relative to the IEFS performance scale.

Through the process of deconstructing, or “unpacking” the 15 Ecocity 1 Level definitions, we have preliminary findings and recommendations on individual candidate indicator readiness based on availability, efficacy, elegance and funding potential.

Prioritization of appropriate indicators is based on existing indicators that can be successfully applied statistically, practically and economically at the necessary scale (City, MSA or Bioregion).