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Race to Zero Regional Cohorts

In 2021, ICLEI USA worked with ICLEI Members to develop 2030 science based targets (SBTs) and high impact action (HIA) scenarios to help reach these targets. This year, ICLEI USA will host regional cohorts to support implementation of the HIA scenarios. These cohorts will consist of five sessions with facilitation by ICLEI staff and subject matter experts, and will provide the opportunity to identify and share best practices for policy instruments and funding mechanisms for communities to reach their SBTs.

At the conclusion of the program, participants will have created a policy prioritization matrix to serve as a roadmap for reaching their 2030 SBTs in the areas of renewable energy supply, buildings, transportation, and integrating equity into climate action planning. The cohorts will be regional-specific, taking into account the barriers and opportunities that make each state unique. Specifically, the regions are:

  • Pacific (CA, WA, OR, and HI)
  • Regulated West (Remaining western states not listed in the Pacific region and tend to not have an ISO or wholesale market)
  • Midwest
  • Northeast & Mid-Atlantic
  • Southeast (*Offered in 2023- register to receive updates)

Cohorts will occur every two weeks from July 2022 to December 2022 with recorded sessions and resources that will be made available to all attendees.

Who Should Attend

Any local government that is interested in developing and updating policies and programs aimed at climate mitigation.

High Ambition Communities

Has your community set a target for climate neutrality by 2030? Contact us to learn about this ICLEI peer network.

At a Glance

Open To:


# Participants:



July 2022 - December 2022


300 - Upper-Intermediate


Included in ICLEI USA membership. Non-member fee: $7,000.


Low Emissions


5-10 hours of group instruction, 1:1 individual support, access to tools and peer network, and recognition.


Structured to support ICLEI USA Members. We recommend that communities have analyzed or set a science based target and the high impact actions necessary to achieve that target.

Who Will Participate

Up to 50 ICLEI members will participate per region. Priority will be given to local governments that have a science based target.

Effort Level

Participants will attend live workshop sessions with presentations and sharing of best practices among peers every 2 weeks. Between sessions, communities will be asked to work on filling out the policy prioritization template that will be provided. Expect 15-20 hours of effort during the 5-session cohort duration.


Exact dates TBD
Session 1: Overview
Session 2: Decarbonizing Buildings
Session 3: Decarbonizing Transportation
Session 4: Decarbonizing Electricity Supply
Session 5: Prioritization and Action Planning
One-on-one, ongoing membership support


Contact your ICLEI USA Membership Advisor or email and