Sustainability Planning 2020 Cohort Training

Last updated March 27, 2020

Session Dates: March 10 – September 15, 2020

Beginning in March 2020, ICLEI is hosting the “2020 Sustainability Planning Cohort”, a structured technical assistance program to guide local governments through the steps of developing a Sustainability Plan. The Training Session is available to ICLEI USA members at no additional cost. (Estimated value of this offering is $35,000.)

The 7-month session is running from March through September, 2020, when ICLEI USA experts are assisting up to 15 communities to develop a Sustainability Plan or update an existing plan.

What assistance will you get?

Program participants will have exclusive access to the following resources:

  • Live, 1-hour web-based presentations
  • Peer exchange and learning, including successful lead city staff presentations
  • One-on-one assistance with GHG inventory and planning features in ClearPath (for communities that plan to include a GHG invenetory update in their sustainability planning process)
  • Sustainability Plan Toolkit, templates, and other resources

Trainings are held approximately every two weeks to one month and recorded sessions and resources are available to all. Session materials support participants in developing a Sustainabilty Plan or update an existing plan.

Who should participate?

Any ICLEI USA member city, town, county or regional affiliate is eligible to participate in our cohorts. This training series is most suitable to communities that have not yet completed a sustainability plan or that otherwise conisder themselves in the beginning stages of sustainability planning. Local governments working with interns have been welcomed to apply.

Questions? Contact your ICLEI Technical Advisor or email

Session Schedule

Exact dates will be determined following participant input.

Session 1: Make a Commitment and Identify Champions (March 10)

Session 2: Establish Sustainability Advisory Committee (March 24)

Session 3: Conducting an Audit of Existing Programs (April 7)

Session 4: Community Engagement and Public Outreach (April 21)

Session 5: Goal-Setting: Create Your Sustainability Vision and High-level Targets (May 19)

Session 6: Choosing and Tracking Indicators and Metrics (June 23)

Session 7: Identify and Prioritize Actions (July 28)

Session 8: Implementation and Reporting Progress (August 25)

Session 9: Publishing Sustainability Plans and Communications (September 15)

Session 10: Closing Group Discussion (TBD)

Meet Your Trainers

Eli Yewdall, Senior Program Officer at ICLEI USA (Bio)
Kale Roberts, Senior Program Officer at ICLEI USA (Bio)