Focus Labs

Ecocity Standards Headline Indicators

International Ecocity Standards framework
Written by Jennie Moore

Ecocity Focus Lab report identifying headline indicators

At the first Ecocity Focus Lab held in Vancouver in November 2016, participants worked on confirming headline indicators for the International Ecocity Standards. A report was produced that will lay the foundation for indicators and benchmarks by which to measure and assess the 18 system conditions of an ecocity. Specifically, this report identifies the lead indicator recommended to measure each system condition. It is understood that several indicators may be needed to accurately assess each standard, but the purpose of identifying a leading headline indicator is to facilitate the effective use of scarce resources when cities begin to measure what matters when attempting to achieve the Ecocity Level 1 system conditions across all 18 standards.

In preparation for the upcoming Ecocity World Summit 2017 conference in Melbourne, July 12-14, the Ecocity Focus Lab report identifying headline indicators for the International Ecocity Standards is being publicly released for review and discussion. This document complements the recently updated International Ecocity Standards brochure.

Participants at the upcoming Ecocity World Summit will have an opportunity to discuss the standards and the headline indicators at the Ecocity Builders workshop to be held Thursday, July 13th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Session 3A, ”Cities Becoming Ecocities: Standards, Tools and Methods for Cities, Citizens and Urban Service Providers.”

If you are not attending the conference, your feedback is also welcome. Please drop us a line by responding in the comments section.

About the author

Jennie Moore

Dr. Jennie Moore is Director, Institute Sustainability at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Dr. Moore has extensive experience in the realm of ecological sustainability and urban systems including climate change and energy management, green buildings and eco-industrial networking. Prior to joining BCIT she worked for over a decade at Metro Vancouver as Manager of Strategic Initiatives. Her research explores the potential for Vancouver to achieve one-planet living. Jennie is a senior associate of the One Earth Initiative and a core advisor to the International Ecocity Framework and Standards.


  • Would be interested to have a copy of this ….I shall be at the summit but my presentation is on the same day hence will not be able to attend this workshop ….however I would like to follow up on the progress of the workshop …thanks

    • Hi Sangeeta, you should be able to download the whole document here. Sorry we’ll miss you but would be great to stay in touch. Please stop by our booth at the conference to say hi.