Ecocity Builders and its network of partner advisers is creating the first International Ecocities Standards (IES) 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.

The International Ecocity Standards (IES) seek to provide support and criteria by which cities can adopt measures to successfully move toward becoming ecocities. Its approach provides a network, the tools, and a methodology for cities to assess their performance relative to the IES performance scale.

Through the process of deconstructing (“unpacking”) the 18 Ecocity 1 Level definitions, a range of preliminary findings and recommendations on individual candidate indicator readiness based on availability, efficacy, elegance and funding potential have already been attained.

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).

In order to successfully roll out the standards 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 is in the process of developing organizational capacity, funding, programs, and processes for collaboration with other stakeholders, including the public sector, foundations, and the private sector.

A way to visualize an ecocity assessment along 15 (out of 18) dimensions (coded for natural capital, social capital and financial capital).