The Equitable and People-Centered Pathway
Create a community where everyone has a voice.
Build more just, livable and inclusive communities fit to address the systemic causes of poverty and injustice while safeguarding the natural support systems for human health.
Equity's Key Role
A truly resilient community is only achievable when natural and built environments support cohesive communities in which all residents have a voice, and where diversity and cultural identities are woven into the social fabric.
Our Approach to Equitable Development
Learn from your Community
“Early and often” is our motto for community involvement in local government planning. The 3 Dimensions of Social Equity outline an Access-Participation-Opportunity model piloted in industrial-legacy cities.
Integrate Equity into your Operations
ICLEI’s GreenClimateCities framework outlines an Assess-Act-Accelerate model that stands on three pillars: Equity, Climate Adaptation, and Climate Mitigation. ICLEI members that adopt this integrated climate action framework follow steps to ensure each pillar is integrated through the process.
Collaborate and Lead the Movement
Learn from the Urban Transitions Alliance, ICLEI’s post-industrial legacy cities that are putting equity at the core of building a green economy.
ICLEI USA People-Centered Projects
Audubon Florida Local Government Operations Greenhouse Gas Inventory Cohort 2022
Municipalities and counties in the Tampa Bay, Florida Region are looking to improve Climate Action Planning efforts. However, many Florida municipalities are not yet prepared
Pennsylvania Local Climate Action Planning Cohort 2020-2022
Many local governments in the state of Pennsylvania do not have baseline measurements of their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions nor the plans to act on
Iowa Climate Action Planning Cohort
The goal of this project was to help a set of Iowa communities move towards completing a Climate Action Plan. Photo by Austin Goode on
- Integrated Climate Action Planning cohorts walk local governments through a multi-month, live group-training experience.
- Social equity in planning workshops offer governments an interactive opportunity to engage with the who-why-how of equitable planning.
- ICLEI members Baltimore and Pittsburgh are using spatial mapping and local champions to establish a baseline for equitable planning, sometimes presented as equity indicators.
- Hayward, CA, and ICLEI’s Unite2Green pilots a youth climate ambassador program in an underserved neighborhood.
ICLEI USA People-Centered Cohorts
Cohorts are guided group technical assistance programs that guide communities to results. Learn More.
Regional Climate Collaborative Cohort (RC3)
No Longer Offering This Cohort This 12-month curated guide of ICLEI’s five pathways: low emission, resilient, circular, nature-based, and equitable is an introduction to holistic
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
Integrated Climate Action Planning cohort
ICLEI’s Integrated Climate Action Planning (CAP) Cohort, is a structured technical assistance program to guide local governments through the steps of developing: Climate vulnerability assessment
ICLEI USA People-Centered Resources
Driving Impact for an Equitable & Sustainable Future: ICLEI USA 2022 Annual Report
Letter from Our Executive Director Fully emerging from our Covid cocoons, we managed to network, collaborate, learn from and share aspirations and knowledge at in-person
Science-Based Targets for U.S. Communities
Science-based targets (SBTs) are climate goals in line with the latest climate science. They represent your community’s fair share of the ambition necessary to meet
Climate Week NYC: Create Opportunity and Climate Justice with Financial Accountability
The priorities of local elected officials have evolved from filling potholes and trash collection to addressing racial and economic inequality, exacerbated by the climate crisis.
- Learn from The Urban Transitions Alliance, ICLEI’s network of industrial-legacy cities including Buffalo, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati, in an equity-centered webinar series.
- Join the conversation! The ICLEI Community Climate Equity “neighborhood” is our facilitated discussion group for members to engage with the pathway.
"As a coastal community, Hoboken has directly felt the impacts of climate change, including rising sea levels and more frequent storms. At the same time, we’ve invested hundreds of millions of dollars adapting to the realities of climate change, Big Oil companies have engaged in a decades-long campaign of misinformation that has contributed to global warming which has disproportionately impacted our residents. It’s time these companies pay their fair share and be held accountable for their actions."
"Reaching carbon neutrality by 2030 will require strong leadership and dedication, and while it will be hard, Flagstaff can meet this challenge and turn current risks into future opportunities that are accessible to all residents equally. We are indebted to the community members that brought this initiative forward, specifically Flagstaff’s youth, and look forward to working with them to achieve this critical goal."
“[ICLEI’s equity] workshop opened our eyes to how important stakeholder ownership is for achieving engagement in climate resiliency activities within our city government. It helped us address the paralysis caused from the perceived enormity of mitigation actions; we now recognize that the steps we can take will not be as hard as people imagine, and will ultimately save money. Over the next 12 to 18 months, we are planning to use the ICLEI workshop as a catalyst for additional dialogue-inducing workshops.”