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16 April 2021

50 tools to ensure urban green equity

How can cities be both green and equitable? A new policy and planning toolkit provides municipal planners with a 50 tools to help find ways of providing affordable housing, while also improving green equity and ensuring that new green spaces benefit rather than displace local residents. The toolkit...

14 April 2021

The key resource for a climate revolution: citizens

Communities or individual citizens producing, using and selling their own renewable energy could provide up to 89 percent of the electricity demanded in the residential sector by 2050. A European research project has concluded that, in the coming years, European, national and local governments have ...

24 March 2021

How to support communities shaping sustainability

Community-level projects play a vital role in sustainability transitions. And, whether a community is taking on the planning of a heat network, liberating a neighborhood from transit traffic, or a collective investment in home improvement, social dynamics often determine the success or failure of an...

24 February 2021

Taking a citizen-centred approach

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many cities to find new ways to approach citizen engagement. In-person activities and discussions are no longer feasible, but we know that meaningful citizen engagement is critical to so much of what cities do. The City of Dortmund (Germany) is among the European ci...

22 February 2021

New book inspires uptake of nature-based solutions

A new book has been released that seeks to inspire cities to co-create nature-based solutions. The book, called "Making Urban Nature Bloom" and which was coordinated by ICLEI Europe, shares stories, insights and cases from co-creative processes for nature-based solutions in six European cities, incl...

7 January 2021

Explore recommendations for policy makers on adaptive heritage reuse

ICLEI Europe has co-written a Policy Brief on adaptive heritage reuse, general trends across Europe, and the challenges faced in planning and implementing heritage reuse projects. Explore the policy brief to learn about key themes in adaptive heritage reuse across European countries right now and, ...

15 December 2020

What (governance) approaches can cities take to support social innovation in energy?

People around the world are trying out new social practices, or reviving practices from the past, in the hope that those meet our needs better than existing solutions do. Those new (or revived) practices are social innovations. Social innovations in energy (SIEs) can include energy cooperatives; new...

14 December 2020

Apply now to join discussion on governing sustainable and just cities

A so-called 'urban arena' will soon be convened online to explore governance arrangements for sustainable and just cities. The arena will bring together a wide diversity of contributors to learn from and get inspired by one another, specifically regarding how to organise for more sustainable and jus...

8 December 2020

ICLEI Europe represented at cluster meeting of European energy transition pioneers

The European Commission's Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) brought together a number of projects working on Renewable Energy Systems in November 2020 to exchange ideas regarding their activities and discuss plans for creating a brighter future for Europe. There are many exciting new ...