Sustainability Planning Cohort

This capacity-building cohort provides structured technical assistance to guide local governments through the steps necessary to develop a Sustainability Plan.  A sustainability plan addresses social, economic, and environmental elements of community development and management. 

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
  • Individualized assistance with GHG inventory and planning features in ClearPath (for communities that plan to include a GHG inventory in their sustainability planning process)

At a Glance

Open To:

ICLEI Members, Cities, Counties

# Participants:



March 2022 through Nov 2022


100 - Introductory




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


There is no additional cost to participate. ICLEI estimates the value of this instruction at $15,000 per community: 10 hours of group instruction, 22 hours of individual support, access to tools and peer network, and recognition.


Open to ICLEI members only. Participants commit to establish a citizen sustainability task force during 2022.

Who Will Participate

Up to 18 ICLEI members will participate.

Effort Level

Participants will attend live virtual training sessions and complete tasks between sessions. ICLEI technical experts will provide individual coaching sessions. Expect 80 hours of effort during the ten-month cohort duration.


Exact dates pending participant input.

Session 1: Make a Commitment and Identify Champions

Session 2: Establish Sustainability Advisory Committee

Session 3: Conducting an Audit of Existing Programs

Session 4: Community Engagement and Public Outreach

Session 5: Goal-Setting: Create Your Sustainability Vision and High-level Targets

Session 6: Choosing and Tracking Indicators and Metrics

Session 7: Identify and Prioritize Actions

Session 8: Implementation and Reporting Progress

Session 9: Publishing Sustainability Plans and Communications

Session 10: Closing Group Discussion


Contact your ICLEI Technical Advisor or email