In October, 2017, IEMEA  surveyed about a third of the ecomunicipalities in the United States to see what they were doing.  In 80 per cent of the cases, either the municipal government or some part of the larger community were still practicing the ecomunicipality concept, twelve years after the first ecomunicipalities began in northern Wisconsin. Virtually all the ecomunicipalities are actively working in sustainable development, most within regional or state sustainable community networks. They have accomplished a broad array of sustainable development initiatives, including LEED buildings, sustainable local agriculture, green schools, green transportation initiatives, green water treatment measures, and a variety of organizational sustainability initiatives.   For Survey Summary, click here:  

National and Local Ecomunicipality Initiative in Ethiopia

Since 2016, Torbjorn Lahti of IEMEA is working with Sustainable Sweden, Inc., and the government of Ethiopia in the development of a national, regional and local ecomunicipality initiative.  
This initiative will integrate ecomunicipality principles into federal, regional, county, and municipal levels of government. For more information,

Torbjörn Lahti, Co-Director of IEMEA, recently completed and published his new book called “My Journey with the Ecomunicipalities: How to Change the World through Local Action”.  The book describes the evolution of the ecomunicipality movement and synthesizes the learning  from the movement into an approach he calls “Ecomunicipality 5.0” – what the newest generation of ecomunicipalities can learn from the four that have preceded them since the early 1980s.  To order the book, contact Cindi Contie at It is available in English.

My Journey with the Ecomunicipalities: How to Change the World through Local Action

  -  new book by Torbjörn Lahti, IEMEA Co-Director  


2017 Survey of Ecomunicipalities ​