• History
    ICLEI: History
    Find out more about how ICLEI began


ICLEI was founded in 1990 as the 'International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives'. The organization was established when more than 200 local governments from 43 countries convened at our inaugural conference, the World Congress of Local Governments for a Sustainable Future, at the United Nations in New York.

In 2003, the 'International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives' became 'ICLEI—Local Governments for Sustainability' with a broader mandate to address all sustainability issues.

ICLEI is the world’s leading network of over 1,000 cities, towns and metropolises committed to building a sustainable future. By helping our  Members to make their cities and regions sustainable,  low-carbon, resilient, biodiverse, resource-efficient, healthy and happy, with a green economy and smart infrastructure, we impact over 20% of the world´s urban population.

About ICLEI Canada

Activities specific to the Canadian region started in 1993 with the Ontario Municipal Energy Collaborative (OMEC) project, which was expanded into a non-profit, fee-for-service consulting unit called ICLEI Energy Services (IES) in 1995.  In 2003, ICLEI's global Executive Committee expanded the IES mandate to become ICLEI’s country office for Canada.  As a country office, Canadian staff were able provide a much broader level of support to Canadian ICLEI Members and more diversified sustainability initiatives.