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Citizens' of Ankara: Re-assemble!
Organisation : Ankara/The Citizens' Assembly of Ankara , Turkey

The transformative action is about creating a metropolitan level participatory mechanism, namely "the Citizens' Assembly of Ankara," through upscaling existing participatory mechanisms in the capital city of Ankara, bringing together a diverse set of stakeholders and community organizations and using innovative facilitation techniques to tackle problems of sustainable urbanization. The innovative facilitation techniques involved made it possible to define and enact sound local sustainable development policies in the democratically elected local councils and created a solidarity network to implement them. Currently, the participatory mechanism established here is the most widespread and effective participatory practice in Turkey.

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationUrban mobilityBiodiversity
Greenfield land and natural spaceWater resources and air qualityClimate change
Public spaceSocial inclusion and integrationLocal economies and employment
Pathways followed
  • Ensure equal access to municipal services
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
  • Create and close local value chains
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Guarantee equal access to information & digital services
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
InnovationCity Ruhr | Modellstadt Bottrop
City/Region : Bottrop , Germany

“InnovationCity Ruhr | Modellstadt Bottrop” (short InnovationCity) is a model project to transform a representative part of a European city into a municipality which is climate friendly as well as prepared for climate change. The project was implemented between 2010 and 2020. It focused on the main aim to reduce local emissions of climate-damaging greenhouse gases by 50% in 2020. The project was based on a wide range of individual measures initiated and implemented with citizens in the urban neighborhoods of the project area. Many additional projects became part of InnovationCity.

Agendas addressed
Climate change
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Accelerate sustainability and innovation through public procurement
  • Guarantee equal access to information & digital services
EcoValdevez: Educating for Eco-citizenship
City/Region : Municipio de Arcos de Valdevez , Portugal

EcoValdevez encompasses a set of equipment, projects and initiatives that aim to “educate for ecocitizenship”. We are working with different social groups and entities in order to encourage the active citizenship of citizens as agents of change. Ecocitizenship is at the base of building this more sustainable society. The construction of the “eco-citizen” personality is based on the values of citizenship, the environment and sustainability, grounded in education, science and innovation, as tools for transforming society.

This project meets the Sustainable Development Goals, which constitute the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations.

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationUrban mobilityBiodiversity
Greenfield land and natural spaceWater resources and air qualityClimate change
Public spaceSocial inclusion and integrationLocal economies and employment
Pathways followed
  • Ensure equal access to municipal services
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
  • Create and close local value chains
  • Implement sustainable procurement principles
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Accelerate sustainability and innovation through public procurement
Bicycle Tram
City/Region : Konya Metropolitan Municioality , Turkey

Konya is known as the Cycling City of Turkey due to its culture of bicycle use from the past. In the pandemic period, where people's tendency to use bicycles has increased, Konya Metropolitan Municipality has turned an old tram (1960 model Duewag Brand) into an urban transportation vehicle used only by cyclists in order to encourage bicycle use. The bicycle tram provides great convenience to cyclists in urban transportation on long-distance journeys. With its unique design, the bicycle tram has no example in Turkey and in the world.

Agendas addressed
Urban mobility
Pathways followed
  • Ensure equal access to municipal services
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Accelerate sustainability and innovation through public procurement
ConTatto Intermediary Body in Como
Organisation : Azienda Sociale Comasca e Lariana , Italy

ConTatto Intermediary Body aims to promote and implement a new approach to managing social conflicts in Como, in particular in the neighbourhood of Rebbio, i.e. restorative justice, defined as an ‘approach of addressing harm or the risk of harm through engaging all those affected in coming to a common understanding and agreement on how the harm or wrongdoing can be repaired and justice achieved. (…) Restorative processes restore safety, security through bringing people together to undo injustice, repair harm and alleviate suffering.’ (EFRJ, 2018, p. 3 and p. 7). The body is made of volunteer citizens living in Rebbio neighbourhood.

Agendas addressed
Public spaceSocial inclusion and integration
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
Gröna Biblioteket (Green Library)
AWARD
Organisation : Växtvärket Malmö Ideella , Sweden

The transformation towards a sustainable city has to be bottom-up as much as top down and spaces for transformative learning and experiencing to accelerate this transition are necessary. Gröna Biblioteket (The green library) is a project that brings sustainable solutions to the library, a place people already know and visit. Sustainability literacy skills are spread through workshops, activities, prototypes and collaborations taking place at the library. The project aims to foster and create low-carbon, sufficient communities that collaborate in different ways to make the transformation accessible to a broader peer group, which is essential for a just transition.

Agendas addressed
BiodiversityGreenfield land and natural spaceClimate change
Public spaceSocial inclusion and integrationLocal economies and employment
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
The Unnamed – Lecco Group of Restorative Justice
Organisation : Associazione Comunità Il Gabbiano odv , Italy

The Unnamed aims to promote and implement a new vision of justice in the town of Lecco, i.e. restorative justice, conceived as ‘a way of thinking or practices focused on the care of people, of relations and of social communities, which are struggling with the pain produced by crimes, illegal facts or wrongdoing and which are in need of repairing the damage, reconstructing mutual trust and recomposing conflicts in order to heal people’s wounds and fractures in social relations and to prevent damaging behaviours.’ (Patrizi, 2019, p.17). The Group is based on and promotes citizens’ engagement in community justice processes.

Agendas addressed
HousingSocial inclusion and integration
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
Moving Towards Zero
Organisation : Go Zero Waste , Spain

Moving Towards Zero is an initiative of action-based challenges that promote waste reduction and sustainable living among citizens and young generations through gamification. Go Zero Waste provides a platform that delivers customized challenges through an app in collaboration with local governments, companies and schools. 

  • Empowering people to reduce their waste and live more sustainably with action-based local challenges.
  • Allowing local and educational institutions to implement waste prevention awareness and action campaigns based on their waste reduction policies and priorities.
  • Linking action-based challenges to local incentives such as rewards, tax reductions or tickets for local cultural & sports events.
Agendas addressed
Greenfield land and natural spaceWater resources and air qualityClimate change
Social inclusion and integrationLocal economies and employment
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
  • Create and close local value chains
  • Apply innovative financing approaches
  • Implement sustainable procurement principles
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Accelerate sustainability and innovation through public procurement
  • Guarantee equal access to information & digital services
URBAN GARDENS NETWORK: A NATURE BASED SOLUTION MODEL
City/Region : A Coruña , Spain

The City Council wishes to weave a network of urban gardens that helps connect green areas and provides multiple environmental, economic and social benefits, such as improving biodiversity and resilience against climate change or promoting sustainable, active lifestyles.

The measured impact and the evidence obtained will be useful to scale up the model and place nature based solutions at the centre of green infrastructure policies. 

The use of nature based solutions can help mitigate climate change effects and boost biodiversity, while at the same time improving health and wellbeing and offering new opportunities for leisure and economy.

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationBiodiversityGreenfield land and natural space
Water resources and air qualityClimate changePublic space
Social inclusion and integrationLocal economies and employment
Pathways followed
  • Ensure equal access to municipal services
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Nurture a sharing economy
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
  • Create and close local value chains
  • Apply innovative financing approaches
  • Implement sustainable procurement principles
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Accelerate sustainability and innovation through public procurement
  • Guarantee equal access to information & digital services
  • Support open data standards
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
Smart living and energy poverty mitigation in social housing of Alba Iulia Municipality
City/Region : Alba Iulia Municipality , Romania

Social Green is an Interreg Europe project, focusing on improving policy instruments which address energy efficiency at the level of social housing using new technologies. Smart living and energy poverty mitigation in social housing in Alba Iulia is an innitiative that was locally implemented in social housing which consisted in the employment of new and modern energy solutions at the level of 10 social houses. Due to the success of the succes of the innitiative, a second phase was approved by Interreg Europe, and the pilot project will continue through employing  also solar pannels to the social houses.

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationClimate changeHousing
Social inclusion and integration
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Guarantee equal access to information & digital services
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
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