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13 August 2014

Hamburg fills the summer break with climate-related activities

The centre of Hamburg (Germany) will become a hub of activity this summer as the ICLEI member city holds its sixth climate week from 24 – 30 August. Hamburg Climate Week forms part of UNESCO’s Decade of Education for Sustainable Development and previous iterations have welcomed more than 1.5 mil...

12 August 2014

UN includes specific Urban Sustainable Development Goal in post-2015 agenda

The United Nations Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), tasked with drawing up a list of SDGs to build on the Millenium Development goals after 2015, has concluded its negotiations and forwarded a proposal to the General Assembly. A specific urban SDG, “Goal 11: Make C...

11 August 2014

Public Procurement of Innovation Award jury selects six finalists

The shortlist for the Public Procurement of Innovation Award has been narrowed to six finalists, representing the most innovative and impressive public procurement activities carried out in Europe. The Award is presented as part of the Procurement of Innovation Platform project, an online hub that h...

8 August 2014

Mayors in Action tutoring scheme offers training and networking opportunities

The Mayors in Action project is offering in-depth training on the monitoring and implementation of sustainable energy action plans (SEAPs) to project coordinators and supporters. The training, which kicks off the Mayors in Action tutoring scheme, will take place from 2-3 October in Barcelona (Spain)...

7 August 2014

Sustainable Brands 2014 invites businesses to lead the shift to a sustainable economy

Influential brands are being invited to consider how their market influence can be used as a positive social force in a conference held this autumn. Sustainable Brands 2014, taking place in London (UK) from 2-5 November 2014, aims to help companies find new ways of driving business and brand value b...

6 August 2014

Birmingham City Council completes 25 new eco-homes

Council tenants in ICLEI member city Birmingham (UK) could soon be living in eco-housing after completion of a new street of 25 sustainable houses. The new council homes were developed by Birmingham City Council’s house building programme, Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust (BMHT), and its partner...

5 August 2014

ICLEI Europe publishes annual sustainability report

ICLEI Europe has recently published its third annual EMAS report, describing the organisation’s progress and future goals for integrating sustainable management practices into its day to day operations. The report shows a 32 percent decrease in water use and a 5 percent decrease in electricity con...

4 August 2014

Public Procurement of Innovation to be celebrated at EcoProcura 2014

The winner of the first Public Procurement of Innovation Award will be announced next month at the 2014 EcoProcura Conference in Ghent (Belgium). The Award recognises and publicises successful public procurement practices that have been used to purchase innovative, more effective and efficient prod...

1 August 2014

Second round of Resilient Cities Challenge offers funding and support

The Rockefeller Foundation has announced the second round of applications for its 100 Resilient Cities Challenge. This competition represents a US $100 million commitment to improving resilience. The Foundation will help cities develop the tools and strategies they need to overcome the stresses and ...