ICLEI provides a broad range of concrete and globally accessible tools to help cities transit to more sustainable urban management, covering the areas of urban design, eco-budgeting, urbanization, sustainability management and eco-procurement.


Adaptation Database and Planning Tool (ADAPT)

ICLEI's five milestones guide for climate adaptation for cities run by ICLEI USA.
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Changing Climate, Changing Communities: Guide and Workbook
for Municipal Climate Adaptation

A compendium of resources that provides a milestone based framework to assist local governments in creating adaptation plans to address the relevant climate change
impacts associated with their communities.
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Covenant Capacity Training Platform

A training platform that addresses 8 topics relevant to Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) - from greenhouse gas inventories to stakeholder involvement and green public procurement.
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ICLEI’s multilingual web-based software tool that helps cities to account and report greenhouse gas emissions.
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International Local Government Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Analysis Protocol (IEAP)

Building on 17 years of experience through the CCP Campaign, ICLEI has developed the
first version of the International Local Government GHG Emissions Analysis Protocol (IEAP)
that follows principles of the GHG Protocol.

The IEAP consists of the general principles and philosophy that any local government, regardless of location, should adhere to when inventorying GHGs from its government operations and community as a whole.

The emission sources that should be included in a GHG inventory and the methods used
to quantify theses sources are generally consistent between local governments, but
are unique when compared with any other type of entity.

The International Protocol is informed by developments such as:

  • IPCC 2006 methodological changes;
  • GHG Protocol by WRI / WBCSD;
  • ISO 14064 Greenhouse Gases series of standards;
  • GRI Public Sector Agency Supplement.

Since November 2007 key peer organizations around the world - including United Nations Environment Program, World Resources Institute, International Energy Agency, California Climate Action Registry, Federation of Canadian Municipalities and Center for
Neighborhood Technologies – have reviewed the International Protocol. It has also been reviewed by ICLEI member cities and stakeholders during a public comment period.

A US national supplement of the IEAP, Local Government Operations Protocol (LGOP) was further developed as a collaborative effort of The California Air Resources Board, The California Climate Action Registry, The Climate Registry and ICLEI. The Climate Registry adopted LGOP in 2009 for use by local government reporters, including from Canada and Mexico with country-appropriate supplements.The Protocol and additional country supplements are available here:

Low Emission Action Plan Wizard (LEAP)

Managed by ICLEI Europe, this is a decision-making support tool to assist local
governments in finding suitable replicable good practice cases.
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Online Toolbox of Methodologies on Climate & Energy

Run by by ICLEI Europe, this growing collection of resources is valuable for all local governments addressing climate and energy.
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Cities Biodiversity Index (CBI)

The only biodiversity index designed specifically for monitoring and evaluating
biodiversity in cities, developed and maintained by the Singapore National Parks Department with support from ICLEI, the CBD and others.
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Communication, Education & Public Awareness (CEPA) Evaluation Toolkit

A tool for cities to evaluate, track and measure the effectiveness and impacts of their communication, education and public awareness campaigns on local natural resource management developed by ICLEI and Local Action on Biodiversity (LAB) Pioneer Cities.
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Guidebook on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services

A guidebook that provides practitioners with comprehensive guidelines on biodiversity management and
eco-system services from multiple perspectives produced in cooperation with IUCN and the CBD Secretariat.
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Financing the Resilient City

An ICLEI white paper that discusses the benefits of a bottom-up and comprehensive resilience investment approach to development, disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation. 

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ICLEI’s ecoBUDGET® system allows local governments to manage their local natural resources economically. Tested in about 20 local governments in seven countries, the
system has been developed to maturity, and is ready to be adopted and introduced by
public authorities.

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Established since 1998, EcoProcura is a European-wide conference series that provides a platform for local government leaders, suppliers and multipliers to exchange experience
and strategies on the latest practice on sustainable public procurement.

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Sustainable Procurement Resource Centre

Bringing all the necessary information together in one place, the Sustainable Procurement Resource Centre is a one-stop access point for procurers, policy makers, researchers and other stakeholders. It contains key knowledge on how to effectively undertake sustainable procurement, save public authorities money and drive the market towards sustainable solutions.

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