The Ecocity Framework and Standards seeks to provide an innovative vision for an ecologically-restorative human civilization as well as a practical methodology for assessing and guiding progress towards the goal.

18 conditions for healthy cities and a civilization in balance with Earth systems are organized under 4 pillars of an ecocity (urban design, bio-geo-physical conditions, ecological imperatives and socio-cultural conditions) addressing the full expression of a healthy human civilization operating within Earth’s biocapacity.

The negative impacts of cities on the environment have been profound. Cities can and must be re-designed to build soil, restore biodiversity and return the climate to dynamic stability — becoming net positive contributors to nature as well as to human culture.

— Richard Register, Founder, Ecocity Builders