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22 January 2021

European cities sign the Green City Accord

ICLEI Members Lahti and Turku (Finland), Oslo (Norway), and Braga, Cascais, Guimaraes and Torres Vedras (Portugal) are among the those who have signed the Green City Accord. In joining this European Commission initiative, they demonstrate their firm commitment to making their cities cleaner, healthi...

6 January 2021

Rooting for regrowth: looking back at 2020

The past year was tumultuous to say the least, posing challenges to on-site sustainability activities worldwide. Cities have, however, seized this challenge as an opportunity to root their work locally, and re-evaluate efforts. Throughout 2020, so-called 'Living Labs' have bolstered these efforts by...

16 December 2020

Natural remedies in uncertain times

The tumult of 2020 has left in its wake a need to rebuild and rethink solutions to bolster our wellbeing. With the confinement imbued by the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an awakening to the importance of nature in our immediate surroundings. Access to nature in urban areas has become increasin...

3 December 2020

Two local governments become ICLEI Europe's newest Members

ICLEI Europe’s network of local governments committed to sustainability continues to grow. The newest members are Maribor (Slovenia), and Cannes (France). Maribor is located in north-east Slovenia, and is the country's second-largest city. Maribor has committed to not only strengthening the c...

25 November 2020

Using nature for urban renewal in cities across the globe

Nature-based solutions (NBS) are being applied by cities across the world to generate a diverse array of benefits. These innovations can be especially productive in post-industrial areas hoping to use nature as part of their urban renewal. Post-industrial cities across Europe, supported by the Euro...

23 November 2020

Climathon used to kick-start regenerative projects

How can we collectively ensure we are not forgetting the imminent environmental threats to our wellbeing? How can we brainstorm solutions these varied threats together, and find ways to forge a more sustainable world? One option: enter the Climathon, a global event where citizens gather and innovate...

17 November 2020

New EU-China cooperation seeks to build liveable cities with nature

The UrbanByNature programme, an initiative to empower local governments to build more resilient and sustainable cities through nature-based approaches, recently launched a new EU-China cooperation stream. This stream will convene a multi-stakeholder cooperation between Chinese organisations and EU-f...

4 November 2020

How future-proof is your policymaking?

Integrating environmental considerations into policymaking is crucial to ensure the wellbeing of citizens and the sustainable future of cities. The Directorate-General Environment, European Commission has a comprehensive news and information service called ‘Science for Environment Policy&lsquo...

22 October 2020

European Commission launches Green City Accord

From today on, the European Commission formally invites mayors in the European Union to join the Green City Accord, and to commit to higher ambition to make their cities cleaner, healthier and more resource-efficient by 2030. The Green City Accord, a new environmental initiative to improve air and ...