Ecocity Builders and its network of partner advisers is creating the Ecocity Framework and Standards Standards so that participating cities can assess their ecological condition in conjunction with a global network of local governments and subject matter experts committed to a whole-systems improvement process.

The Ecocity Framework and Standards seeks to provide support and criteria by which cities can successfully move toward becoming ecocities.

Prioritization of appropriate indicators is based on existing indicators that can be successfully applied statistically, practically, and economically at the necessary scale (City, MSA or Bioregion).