The Eco and Low-carbon Indicator Tool for Evaluating Cities (ELITE Cities), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, evaluates the performance of Chinese cities by comparing them against benchmark performance goals. The tool can also be used on multiple years to assess the progress of a city in a specific indicatory and overall performance. ELITE Cities measures progress on 33 key indicators selected to represent priority issues within 8 primary categories. These indicators were chosen based on international commonality and the (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Reportable, Time-bound) SMART criteria. This tool can be used by city policy makers, city planners, city managers as well as researchers in low carbon eco-city.