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3 April 2020

Extended deadline for municipalities to apply for the German Sustainability Award

Accounting for current global uncertainty, the application deadling for German cities and municipalities to apply for the 13th German Sustainability Award has been extended. This is the national award for excellence in sustainability, which rewards the sustainability efforts and achievements o...

31 March 2020

2020 Transformative Action Award now accepting applications

Win 10,000 EUR and gain recognition as a European leader of sustainable urban transformation with the 2020 Transformative Action Award. As a result of COVID-19, we face extremely challenging situations in Europe and beyond. As the pandemic unfolds, local and regional governments are assuming a stro...

30 March 2020

The COVID-19 crisis: are we daring to look beyond?

A message from Wolfgang Teubner, ICLEI Regional Director for Europe As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, we face extremely challenging situations in Europe and beyond. In countries like Italy, Spain and parts of France, where infection rates are rapidly growing, health systems and hospitals can...

27 March 2020

Application deadline for 2020 Procura+ Awards extended to 30 April

In light of the difficulties experienced by applicants due to the coronavirus outbreak, the deadline for the 2020 Procura+ Awards has been extended to 30 April 2020. The awards, which is an ICLEI Europe initiative, supported by the EU-funded Procure2Innovate project, reward sustainable and innovati...

26 March 2020

Zagreb holding strong after powerful earthquake

On Sunday morning, residents in ICLEI Member Zagreb woke up to the Croatian capital’s most powerful earthquake in 140 years. Widespread images circulated in the media of locals pouring out into the snowy streets in their pyjamas in the early hours, ironically just as coronavirus social distanc...

25 March 2020

Tips to save energy while working from home

Throughout 2019, 31 local authorities spanning eight countries (Croatia, Cyprus, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia and Spain) participated in a year-long energy saving competition. This competition, and the Compete4SECAP project team who organised and facilitated it, include partners...

23 March 2020

Intelligent Cities Challenge now open for applications

The European Commission’s Intelligent Cities Challenge (ICC) is now open for applications. Building on the success of the Digital Cities Challenge (DCC), the ICC seeks to help 100 EU cities tackle their urban challenges to support green, sustainable and inclusive growth. This 2.5-year program...

18 March 2020

New guidance available on how to increase acceptance of wind energy

Wind power plays a crucial role in the energy transition. However, it has also become the subject of heated debates throughout Europe. A newly published handbook provides support to stakeholders interested in ensuring that wind energy is beneficial for all.  There is a perception that only ext...

17 March 2020

Glasgow joins CitiesWithNature to enhance value of nature in urban spaces

ICLEI Member Glasgow (United Kingdom) has joined CitiesWithNature, a group of 129 cities in 45 countries committed to enhancing and protecting nature in and around urban spaces. As they begin implementing their new Open Space Strategy, Glasgow aims to benefit from CitiesWithNature’s knowledge...