Built Environment, Culture and Heritage

Local and regional governments are key actors in shaping and managing the built environment, by developing integrated plans and implementing on-the-ground actions to enable local cross-sectoral sustainability transformations. Among others, subnational government remits extend to public and private buildings, housing, infrastructure, or public and green spaces. Furthermore, the existing built environment encapsulates cultural identity, traditional knowledge and historical significance, offering insights into climate-friendly, circular, inclusive and resilient renovation and construction.

Likewise, culture and our shared heritage are central aspects of sustainability, capable of driving forward debates and common visions for our urban futures.

ICLEI Europe supports cities in their endeavours to link their built environment, culture and climate agendas by driving:

  • The renovation of public and private buildings (including historic building stock), to reduce their environmental impact and enhance their resilience, by enshrining place-based solutions, circular principles, accessibility and inclusivity considerations as well as quality standards.
  • The promotion of culture and cultural heritage as a vector for addressing the climate emergency and driving the circular transition.
  • The advancement of tools, practices and knowledge to increase resilience in historic/cultural areas and landscapes.
  • The enhancement and promotion of sustainability and circular practices in the cultural tourism sector.

Check out the Factsheet below to learn more!

 Built Environment, Culture and Heritage Factsheet





9 Action Plans for Heritage-Led Regeneration,

4 Actions Plans for circular adaptive reuse of cultural heritage

& 6 Action Plans and concept solutions for sustainable cultural tourism

Involved in creating the standardisation

of an Integrated Approach

to the Resilience of Historic Areas


"We seek to contribute to the preservation of the traditional cultural and economic diversity of the central historical area, appreciating the architectural and heritage value of the built environment and related open spaces, as well as their aesthetics, while improving the daily life of the inhabitants and visitors, focusing on better coexistence in a more beautiful, sustainable and inclusive area."


Ana Oregi, (Member of ICLEI's Global Executive Committee)
Deputy Mayor, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country


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Send an email to cristina.garzillo@iclei.org