ICLEI Case Stories

The ICLEI Case Story series profiles the role of ICLEI Members and other local governments as key drivers and implementers of urban sustainable development across the globe by illustrating successful approaches, innovative models and transferable good practices in the field of urban development and sustainability initiatives.

Urban-LEDS Case Stories (2015) 

1 - The Nørrebrogade Project: revitalizing a major road corridor for enhanced public transport and urban life, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2 - Decentralized waste water treatment system for open streams, Rajkot, India.


For more in-depth case studies on low carbon development strategies from the Urban-LEDS project, please also see the ICLEI Case Studies series.


GIZ-ICLEI Urban NEXUS Case Stories (2014) 

The Urban NEXUS project highlights examples of integrated approaches to resource management and service delivery in cities and metropolitan regions, and were developed as part of the GIZ-ICLEI Urban NEXUS project including the study "Operationalizing the Urban NEXUS: towards resource-efficient and integrated cities and metropolitan regions", funded by the BMZ.

The case examples that were developed include 29 shorter Case Stories from around the world and 8 in-depth Case Studies on: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Nashik, India; Vancouver, Canada; Hannover, Germany; Tianjin, China; eThekwini, South Africa; Lille Métropole, France; and Medellín, Colombia.

01 - Austin, USA: The Austin Energy Green Building Program for eco-efficient construction and consumer empowerment

02 - Belo Horizonte, Brazil: Waste-to-energy for productive landfill site management

03 - Chicago, USA: NeighborSpace land trust - preserving vacant urban land to boost biodiversity, green space, social services and food security in the city

04 - Sao Paulo, Brazil: Cities Without Hunger - a community garden project to end São Paulo’s poverty cycle

05 - Curitiba, Brazil: The “Ecological Capital” forerunner in Urban NEXUS planning

06 - El Alto, Bolivia: Large-scale ecological sanitation in the peri-urban District 7

07 - Volta Redonda, Brazil: Turning up the heat with the Eco-oil Program: a community development project linking cooking oil waste to energy and community education

08 - Machángara River Basin, Ecuador: Strengthening inter-institutional collaboration for enhanced resource conservation

09 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: A large favela-to-neighborhood project with an integrated approach to formalizing urban settlements

10 - Freiburg, Germany: District Vauban - a sustainable model for “learning while planning”

11 - Toronto, Canada: Green Roof Bylaw - institutional coordination to enable the greening of the city from above

12 - Ehlanzeni, South Africa: The Integrated Water Harvesting Project for food security and income generation

13 - Silicon Valley, USA: Joint Venture Silicon Valley - regional collaboration for integrated planning and sustainable growth

14 - Linköping, Sweden: Waste-to-Energy Power Plant - biogas powers public transport in Linköping

15 - London, United Kingdom: Feeding the 5K - the case of linking food producers and retailers for the efficient management of surplus harvest

16 - Mexico City, Mexico: Mercado del Trueque - how Mexico City is turning trash into food

17 - Oakland, USA: Oakland Food Policy Council - towards a sustainable, local and equitable food system

18 - Portland, USA: EcoDistricts - regenerating cities from the neighborhood up

19 - Shimla, India: A dual Urban NEXUS strategy for integrating climate change resilience with low emissions development

20 - Stockholm, Sweden: The Hammarby District - a closed-loop system integrating water, waste and energy

21 - New Delhi, India: Sulabh International Social Service Organisation, integrated eco-sanitation

22 - Orinoco River Basin, Colombia: Sustainable Development in Fragile Ecosystems

23 - Berkeley, USA: The Edible Schoolyard - an educational seed-to-plate system for the students and the community

24 - Hamburg, Germany: Achieving energy-efficiency through the Hamburg Water Cycle in the Jenfelder Au eco-neighborhood

25 - Toronto, Canada: Deep Lake Water Cooling System - using Lake Ontario’s chilly waters to cool down an entire district

26 - Amman, Jordan: Urban agriculture - finding multi-purpose Urban NEXUS solutions through collaborative action

27 - Quintana Roo, Mexico: An Urban and Industrial Environmental Management Program facilitates institutional integration for productive resource management

28 - Dhaka, Bangladesh: Waste concern pilot project “cash for trash”

29 - Nagpur, India: Water sector audit - efficient use of water and energy resources in one of India’s largest metropolises


COP15 Local Stories - Copenhagen Climate Conference (2009) 

Developing the local biofuel industry to combat climate change, Aguascalientes, Mexico

Green solutions are local solutions, Albertslund, Denmark

A local plan to reduce deforestation and mitigate climate change, Apuí, Brazil

Transnational organization helps local authorities tackle climate change, Nordic Baltic Aalborg Commitments Network

Rebalancing economic development to cope with climate change, Baoding, China

Working towards a new energy model to tackle climate change, Barcelona, Spain

Solar thermal heaters benefit low income families, Betim, Brazil

Fighting poverty while reducing the carbon footprint, Bhubaneswar, India

Integrated climate plan improves local mitigation action, Bogor, Indonesia

City government encouraging energy conservation, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Leading the way in combatting climate change, Calgary, Canada

Involving local stakeholders to combat climate change, Calvià, Spain

Green energy for green Copenhageners, Copenhagen, Denmark

Durban takes the lead in integrating adaptation into development strategy, Durban, South Africa

Local partnerships are the heart of greenhouse gas emission reductions, Edmonton, Canada

Implementing and managing a long-term climate strategy, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Innovative Helsingborg home to best dump in the world, Helsingborg, Sweden

A new local green deal: the challenge of Iida, Iida, Japan

Connecting cities and other stakeholders to expand best practices, Eco-Model City Project, Japan

Biodiesel involves citizens and fosters international cooperation, Kyoto, Japan

Setting ambitious emission reduction targets including consumption impacts, Lake Macquarie, Australia

Responsible Procurement for a Green London, London, United Kingdom

Living in harmony with the Amazon Rainforest, Manaus, Brazil

Münster Takes Hold! The Citizen’s Pact for Climate Protection, Münster, Germany

Towards a low-carbon and livable city, Nagoya, Japan

Building a environmentally-friendly city worthwhile to live in, Palembang, Indonesia

Promoting the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Surging ahead with electric vehicles, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

São Paulo leading local action on climate protection in Brazil, São Paulo, Brazil

Adapting to climate change - turning a crisis into an opportunity, Surat, India

Comprehensive waste management for a resource sustainable city, Taipei City, Chinese Taipei

Reducing energy costs through smart renovation, Valga, Estonia


Latest Case Story

Decentralized waste water treatment system for open streams, Rajkot, India

ICLEI Case Story: Urban-LEDS series - No. 02

More ICLEI Case Studies

Please also see the ICLEI Case Studies series, for more, longer in-depth case studies on various themes.

Additional Publications from ICLEI Regional Offices

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