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30 October 2019

Why is social innovation crucial for the energy transition?

Facing the dire threats of climate change, public authorities are under increasing pressure to play a leading role in driving the move towards a low-carbon society. A recent policy brief produced by the SMARTEES project and titled “Policy Brief: Social Innovation in the Energy Transition in A...

29 October 2019

Heritage at the Heart of Urban Regeneration

“Public policy makers have a responsibility to promote every project that can fight the extreme right,” declared Paula Marques, Deputy Mayor of Lisbon during her keynote address at the 7th Informed Cities Forum. Marques used her speech to emphasise how important it is for politicians to...

25 October 2019

Innovative urban actors invited to a summit for smarter cities

ICLEI Member Helsingborg (Sweden) has put forth a vision of being one of Europe’s most innovative cities by 2022. The city is ready to bring other global leaders along with them, to challenge and support each other in implementing innovative urban solutions. In the lead-up to 2022, Helsingbor...

24 October 2019

Finalists announced for prestigious European sustainability award

Initiatives from ICLEI Member Berlin (Germany), as well as from Leuven (Belgium) and Lousada (Portugal) were announced today as the finalists for the prestigious 2019 Transformative Action Award. The award recognises “Transformative Actions” that make use of the 15 pathways outlined in ...

23 October 2019

Join us in Mannheim to drive transformative change for a sustainable and resilient Europe

For the past 25 years, ICLEI Europe has hosted the flagship European Sustainable Cities and Towns conference series. The series has led to ground-breaking commitments and milestones in support of local governments driving sustainable development, including the Aalborg Charter (1994), Aalborg Commitm...

21 October 2019

Cities in Europe and USA look to one another for financing and partnership solutions

Through its global network of regional secretariats, ICLEI brings together cities from various world regions who face similar challenges and opportunities, and provides them with the opportunity to work collaboratively to unlock new ideas and perspectives. This month, ICLEI Europe and ICLEI USA wor...

18 October 2019

“Transdisciplinarity” for a sustainable future

It is clear that we need to build a more sustainable world. Groups of people from all different areas are working towards this goal. However, so often we work in silos, trying to leverage our specific expertise only. The problem is that climate change is complex. The challenges we face and transfor...

11 October 2019

Ghent wins UN climate action award

ICLEI Member Ghent (Belgium) made headlines recently, when they, alongside 14 other groundbreaking projects from around the world, were announced as winners of the 2019 United Nations Global Climate Action Award. The winning projects were selected from a pool of over 670 applications, and shine a l...

9 October 2019

How to work together with citizens towards a low-carbon society

Energy transitions from fossil fuel to renewable energy sources demand more than just technological solutions. Meaningful changes in energy systems require engaging people, and technological solutions must be utilitsed with social realities in mind to achieve higher quality of life for people. The ...