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Sustainability Planning Cohort

This capacity-building cohort provides structured technical assistance and peer-to-peer knowledge sharing to guide local governments through the steps necessary to develop a sustainability plan. 

Sustainability plans unite community stakeholders and government officials under a common vision with a set of goals and metrics. These plans help jurisdictions prioritize their strategies and effectively track progress towards organizational sustainability goals. A sustainability plan is a framework, ideally integrated across departments, for short-term and long-term planning. It is not only a useful tool for local governments starting their sustainability journey, but more advanced jurisdictions can use the planning process to bring a more cohesive, cross-departmental approach to meet community goals.

ICLEI will provide participants with:

  • Live, 1-hour web-based presentations monthly for ten months
  • Peer exchange and learning, including sustainability best practices from internationally recognized sustainability plans / planners
  • ICLEI’s extensive Sustainability Plan Toolkit, templates, and other resources

At a Glance

Open To:

ICLEI Members, Regional Affiliates, Cities, Counties

# Participants:



March 2023 through Nov 2023


100 - Introductory




Low Emissions, Resilient, Equity / People Centered, Nature-Based, Circular


There is no additional cost to participate. This cohort includes 10 hours of group instruction, 1:1 individual support, access to tools and peer network, and recognition.


Open to ICLEI members only. This cohort is available to members at all points in their sustainability planning journey.

Who Will Participate

Up to 20 ICLEI members.

Effort Level

Participants will attend live virtual training sessions and complete applicable tasks between sessions.


Exact dates pending participant input.

Session 1: Introduction to Sustainability Planning and the GreenClimateCities’ Analyze, Act, Accelerate method

Session 2: Establish Sustainability Advisory Committee and Foster Interdepartmental Collaboration

Session 3: Define Scope of Plan and Conduct an Audit of Existing Programs

Session 4: Community Visioning, Inclusive Planning, and Public Engagement

Session 5: Create Your Sustainability Vision and Set Goals

Session 6: Identify and Prioritize Actions

Session 7: Choose and Track Indicators and Metrics

Session 8: Implementation and Monitoring

Session 9: Successfully Communicating Your Climate and Sustainability Goals

Session 10: Closing Group Discussion


Contact your ICLEI Technical Advisor or the cohort lead, Alyssa, at