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Biocapacity of Matosinhos City
City/Region : Matosinhos , Portugal

With this project we intend to involve an Experimental Community in Matosinhos in the challenge of alleviating people with nature in a symbiotic way, thus improving environmental health and urban biocapacity. In a school and family environment, the students are targeted with messages in key areas to respond to SDGs 3, 6 and 11. We want students to use their school gardens as a living laboratory where sustainable water management for food production is tested and the role of gardens in the carbon balance is studied.

EU Green Deal Policy Areas Addressed
Climate actionBiodiversityEliminating pollution
Pathways followed
  • Ensure equal access to municipal services
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Create and close local value chains
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Accelerate sustainability and innovation through public procurement
AEPA - activate environmental protection through art
Organisation : TEATRO METAPHORA - Associação de Amigos das Artes , Portugal

Our organisation rescues and transforms large quantities of urban waste into massive art installations and exhibits them in the centre of our town, Câmara de Lobos. Besides the art installations, we have side activities based on non-formal education methods and upcycling. The main idea of the project is to activate citizens toward environmental protection and raise awareness about climate change, sustainable development and responsible consumption. We integrate people from different social backgrounds, especially youngsters, mostly with fewer opportunities to engage and inspire them to become active citizens and environmentalists.

EU Green Deal Policy Areas Addressed
Climate actionSustainable mobilityBiodiversity
Eliminating pollution
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Nurture a sharing economy
  • Implement sustainable procurement principles
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Accelerate sustainability and innovation through public procurement
Ponds with life in the municipality of Braga
City/Region : Braga , Portugal

Although Braga is one of the cities with the highest rainfall in Portugal, it has more and more intense rains that do not infiltrate water into the soils and periods of very high temperatures. Ponds are essential for maintaining biodiversity (namely amphibians, whose species are increasingly at risk of disappearing) and for mitigating temperatures and better water management. We have involved many children and young people by involving schools in their construction and maintenance and they serve for natural science practical classes.

EU Green Deal Policy Areas Addressed
Climate actionBiodiversity
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
Coopérnico's training and support to municipalities about RECs
Organisation : Coopérnico , Portugal

Our Transformative Action (TA) consists of:

(1) A training for municipality technicians to support local communities in creating Renewable Energy Communities (RECs) in their area;

(2) Direct support to municipalities, citizens and entities willing to create a REC: preliminary analysis and community engagement until the implementation phase. Right now we are supporting the local parishes of Trute and Vila Boa do Bispo.

Municipalities have a great potential to become central actors in this type of energy production and distribution model, which has been recognised by the EU as fundamental to a sustainable energy transition from fossil fuels and external dependencies.

EU Green Deal Policy Areas Addressed
Climate actionClean energy
Pathways followed
  • Ensure equal access to municipal services
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
  • Create and close local value chains
  • Accelerate sustainability and innovation through public procurement
  • Guarantee equal access to information & digital services
8 Area Revitalisation Projects of Łódź city centre
City/Region : The City of Łódź , Poland

The action covers the urban regeneration of several central quarters of Łódź, a 19th century city which has been neglected by the communist authorities and subject to a legacy of bourgeois exploitation for decades, using an area-based and people-based approach. During the political and economic transformation at the turn of the 1990s and 2000s, the city's difficult situation related to massive unemployment, caused by the collapse of the dominant textile industry, exacerbated technical and social problems. Therefore, the municipality, with the support of EU funds, has embarked on an extensive programme to revitalise the degraded historic city centre in cooperation with citizens.

EU Green Deal Policy Areas Addressed
Building and renovating
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
Milan Play Street
City/Region : Municipality of Milan - Urban Resilience Department , Italy

Milan Play Street is an initiative realised by the Municipality of Milan in collaboration with Arup and the Lego Foundation. It consists of co-creating new public play spaces to support the neighbourhood’s safety and inclusivity. The environmental and pandemic crises have pushed the Administration to rethink urban planning strategies toward a more significant consideration of the well-being of citizens. In this vision, Play Street involves schools, families and children at the centre of a participatory process that culminates in the closing-off of streets after school hours to offer pupils and families a safe place to meet, play and learn.

EU Green Deal Policy Areas Addressed
Climate actionSustainable mobilityEliminating pollution
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
iREC - Innovating Recycling
City/Region : Cascais , Portugal

The iREC project piloted an incentive-based system for the recovery of single-use beverage packaging. The installation of 15 Reverse Vending Machines (RVMs) in Cascais allowed consumers to earn rewards for returning containers made of glass, PET and metal (cans). The project involved key stakeholders in the supply chain, including retailers and recyclers, as well as an academic partner. The conclusions and lessons learned from iREC contribute toward the design of the beverage container deposit return system (DRS) that will soon become mandatory in Portugal, as a result of the transposition of an EU directive into national law.

EU Green Deal Policy Areas Addressed
Sustainable industry
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
“La Cel de Caldes” Local Energy Community of Caldes de Montbui
City/Region : Caldes de Montbui / Catalonia , Spain

“La Cel de Caldes” is a Local Energy Community born to promote the energy transition in our municipality by encouraging the use of photovoltaic energy, reducing CO2 emissions, and involving and giving all citizens a tool to make this possible. It is a natural way in which consumers can empower themselves by changing the model we have now, where energy can be produced locally and therefore gain independence from large generation plants. This means a more efficient consumption of resources, while also being a tool to fight energy poverty by helping the most vulnerable citizens.

EU Green Deal Policy Areas Addressed
Climate actionClean energy
Pathways followed
  • Ensure equal access to municipal services
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Nurture a sharing economy
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
Delivering metrowide sustainable mobility
City/Region : Città Metropolitana di Firenze , Italy

The Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) of the Florence Metropolitan Area provides a solid and comprehensive strategic plan to enforce a firm shift towards sustainable mobility, strongly leveraging public transport, active and shared mobility, and technological innovation. Implementation of the different actions involves all the municipalities, citizens, businesses and mobility operators in the Metropolitan Area. The plan aims to reduce the impact of mobility on climate, increase the affordability and accessibility of mobility services, as well as increasing quality of life, thus adressing sustainability from the environmental, social and economic perspectives.

EU Green Deal Policy Areas Addressed
Sustainable mobility
Pathways followed
  • Ensure equal access to municipal services
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Apply innovative financing approaches
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Guarantee equal access to information & digital services
  • Support open data standards
ReStart Ukraine
Organisation : ReStart Ukraine NGO , Ukraine

ReStart Ukraine is a multidisciplinary platform of Ukrainian and foreign experts united around rethinking the cities and municipalities' future in Ukraine during and after the war. This action started early in March 2022 once the Russian invasion happened and is an ongoing urban living lab aiming at supporting Ukrainian cities and municipalities in their innovative recovery based on local knowledge and global expertise.

As of September 2022, the team has already developed an analytical platform, an algorithm for urban recovery, and a showcase pilot project for unoccupied city recovery. All three are helpful for scaling up the recovery action nationwide.

EU Green Deal Policy Areas Addressed
Building and renovating
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Guarantee equal access to information & digital services
  • Support open data standards
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