At the inaugural Ecocity Standards workshop held in Vancouver in 2010, local government, community leaders, and industry experts helped develop initial content for the standards as well as the framework that organizes them.
This was shared with an international audience at the 2011 Ecocity World Summit in Montreal.
In 2012, workshop participants reconvened in Vancouver to share progress, engage feedback, and further refine the International Ecocity Standards prior to their debut at the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro (Rio+20).
Staff from the City of Vancouver helped assess the measurability of each standard, and academic as well as industry experts and local government staff from across the lower mainland probed the content and suggested improvements.
Growing out of Rio+20, Ecocity Builders and Standards became an associate partner of the World Urban Campaign (WUC), a global advocacy and partnership platform coordinated by UN-HABITAT that works to place the urban agenda at the highest level in development policies, helps partners to share best practices and innovative ideas, working together towards a better urban future, and governments to develop, debate, and articulate their goals and national strategies on sustainable urban development.
Since then, partner cities have helped to further develop the standards in various capacities. Staff from the City of Vancouver have helped assess the measurability of each standard, and academic as well as industry experts and local government staff from across the lower mainland probed the content and suggested improvements.
Pilots of Ecocity Builders’ Urbinsight project from Cairo and Casablanca to Cusco, Lima and Medellín have applied the International Ecocity Standards (IES) in their efforts to create sustainable urban systems and human habitats as a guide to understanding existing local conditions and to design neighborhood sustainability plan.
At the Ecocity Focus Lab in Vancouver in November 2016, headline indicators were further refined, and its findings shared at the Ecocity World Summit 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. At the upcoming Ecocity World Summit 2019 in Vancouver, B.C., the entire conference structure will be based on the IES.