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20 January 2020

Cities step up commitment to environment with Green City Accord

The Green City Accord is a new European Commission initiative to accelerate the implementation of the EU environmental directives in the areas of air quality, water and wastewater, waste, noise, and biodiversity and nature. The Accord will be developed in coordination with city experts and launched ...

14 January 2020

Join online course and community on cities, nature and innovation

The NATURVATION project, for which ICLEI Europe is a partner, has launched a "Massive Open Online Course" (MOOC) on nature-based solutions in an urban world. MOOCs are online courses that are open access with unlimited participation, to ensure that deep and well-researched information is available ...

9 January 2020

European Economic and Social Committee announced as official partner for the Mannheim2020 conference

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has been announced as an official partner for Mannheim2020, the upcoming ninth edition of the European Conference for Sustainable Cities & Towns, taking place in ICLEI Member Mannheim (Germany) from 30 September to 2 October 2020. Over the last ...

19 December 2019

Europe is going green from the grassroots up

As we approach the end of the decade, one trend in Europe is clear: climate action is on the rise. Public sentiment Europeans are increasingly concerned with the environment and are calling on political actors to respond to the climate crisis. Results released from latest Eurobarometer surveys, a...

17 December 2019

A victory for Budapest: putting citizens first in sustainable urban mobility planning

ICLEI Member Budapest (Hungary) recently announced the adoption of its first Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) after a long process to revamp its transport system to put residents first. The City of Budapest established the BKK Centre for Budapest Transport in 2011 to address the cities' most ...

22 November 2019

Lousada wins 2019 Transformative Action Award

The City of Lousada (Portugal) was announced yesterday as the winner of the 2019 Transformative Action Award at an award ceremony, which took place at the European Committee of the Regions in Brussels (Belgium). The award, which is organised by ICLEI, the City of Aalborg and the Basque Country, wit...

21 November 2019

Urban Mobility: the Voice of Citizens in Zurich

In ICLEI Member Zurich (Switzerland), citizens are not only regularly involved in the mobility planning process, but they also guide the decisions made by the local authority and the mobility path the city takes. In its new video, the SMARTEES project looks back at its study visit to Zurich, where ...

30 October 2019

Why is social innovation crucial for the energy transition?

Facing the dire threats of climate change, public authorities are under increasing pressure to play a leading role in driving the move towards a low-carbon society. A recent policy brief produced by the SMARTEES project and titled “Policy Brief: Social Innovation in the Energy Transition in A...

29 October 2019

Heritage at the Heart of Urban Regeneration

“Public policy makers have a responsibility to promote every project that can fight the extreme right,” declared Paula Marques, Deputy Mayor of Lisbon during her keynote address at the 7th Informed Cities Forum. Marques used her speech to emphasise how important it is for politicians to...