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25 January 2022

Do you dream to #YouthUp your city in 2025?

2022 is the European Year of Youth offering further opportunities for young people to voice their political views. In order to move forward in solving the climate crisis, youth voices are more crucial than ever before. To this end, ICLEI Europe encourages cities to apply to become the next 2025 Euro...

24 January 2022

COVID-19, climate change, liberal democracy and the role of local governments

A reflection from Wolfgang Teubner, ICLEI Regional Director for Europe, as we begin a new year. Looking back on two years of the COVID-19 pandemic looming large in Europe, a few things become clear to me. Namely, our democracies are fragile, facing climate change may be even more of an “uphil...

21 January 2022

ICLEI Members prove that nature-based solutions are a safe and sound investment

Nature-based solutions are a quick and cost-effective way to transform our surroundings to become more sustainable and they will be a key element in building more resilient and healthy societies. A new report on ‘Investing in a Green Urban Future’ demonstrates that these solutions are a ...

20 January 2022

How public lighting shapes health and wellbeing in cities

Public lighting design makes a difference in safety, happiness, health, and sustainability in cities. But what makes a public lighting system ‘good’? And what knowledge do designers need to create these systems? An event in December 2021 on “Shaping Light for Health and Wellbeing i...

19 January 2022

New nature-based solutions website takes participants on a visual learning journey

With a new year comes new visions and goal setting for environmental organisations for the months ahead. In this vein, a key nature-based solutions capactiy-building programme has launched a website to help global nature-based solutions leaders access course materials free of charge, as well as disc...

18 January 2022

Two publications help cities adapt to and mitigate climate change

In its role as part of the Covenant of Mayors - Europe Office – which is made up of local and regional authorities’ networks – ICLEI Europe has developed two publications to help local authorities implement effective climate change adaptation and mitigation. The first publication,...

17 January 2022

Welcome to Grenoble: European Green Capital 2022

On 15 January, the newest ICLEI Member Grenoble (France) hosted a handover ceremony to help officially kick-off its year as the 2022 European Green Capital.  Every year since 2010, the European Commission has awarded the highly prestigious title of European Green Capital to a city that has sho...

13 January 2022

Utrecht wins Fully Charged CITIES award 2021

Many cities worldwide are committing to creating healthier cities with creative and innovative approaches to green mobility. One such city is ICLEI Member Utrecht (the Netherlands), the winner of the Fully Charged CITIES award 2021, in recognition that the city “excels in the commitment to gre...

10 January 2022

The latest on community energy – things are moving, let’s speed up!

Community energy has come a long way in Europe and is promising to become the backbone for a more decentralised and flexible energy union, in which citizens increasingly turn into active (renewable) energy prosumers, participating in Europe’s decarbonisation process. A recent policy brief prov...