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German smart cities on the way to using the Environmental Insights Explorer by Google: A handbook for municipalities

This guide is intended for German municipalities interested in using data from Google's Environmental Insights Explorer (EIE) and illustrates how this data can support planning processes for climate protection, particularly in the transport sector. A step-by-step guide illustrates the process of the internal coordination to the use of the data.
The content of this handbook is based on the experience of the ICLEI Europe in analysing EIE data and its potential use to improve transport emissions c...

Instrumente für kommunales Nachhaltigkeitsmanagement (Tools for local sustainability management)

Municipalities at the beginning of their path towards sustainability need field-tested instruments because they face – often for the first time – the task of adapting centralized tools such as sustainability strategies or reports to their specific needs . This publication describes how local authorities can get such processes underway without having to reinvent the wheel.

European sustainability award launched at Change the Change conference

Win 10,000 EUR and be recognised as a European leader of sustainable urban transformation with the 2019 Transformative Action Award

15 Pathways to localise the Sustainable Development Goals

Inspiration from Cities implementing local actions contributing to global goals.


QuickCheckN is an online self-assessment tool for German communities. It supports communities to get a first impression of how sustainable their management is.

QuickCheckN – wie zukunftsfähig ist Ihre Kommune?

ICLEI hat im Auftrag der Bertelsmann Stiftung ein onlinebasiertes Instrument entwickelt, das Kommunen einen ersten Eindruck über die Stärken und Schwächen ihres kommunalen Nachhaltigkeitsmanagements vermittelt.