SEARCH FOR TRANSFORMATIVE ACTIONS - 230

TRANSFORMATIVE ACTIONS SEARCH RESULTS - 46

"LUCIOLE project" : Urban light optimised for the environment
City/Region : City of Lille , France

Outdoor night time lighting is very present in urban spaces. It’s a major part of ecological disruption and it negatively impacts fauna and flora.

LUCIOLE project aims to limit the impact of light pollution on bats, moths, and the nocturnal insects they feed on. This black network includes a 13-hectare perimeter within a larger biodiversity area of 40 hectares, which will be equipped with a public lighting system that is designed to facilitate the animal travel that traditional lighting impedes. This innovative project has benefited from European Union support, as a part of the ERDF "Nature in the City" program.

Agendas addressed
BiodiversityGreenfield land and natural spacePublic space
Pathways followed
  • Implement sustainable procurement principles
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
Urban Conservation Emergency Evacuation Plan (UCEEP)
Organisation : Climate Change Centre Reading , United Kingdom

Safeguarding, turning open space into public place. I’m an Urban Resilience Organiser and change agent interested in good urban governance in relation to urban DISASTER ADAPTATION - Climate Action solutions to Sustainable Cities and Communities in partnership, "Making Cities Resilient" to achieve the global goals. Well-designed urban growth, in e.g. urban regeneration and disaster risk management adaption with Urban Climatic Emergency Evacuation Planning is a safe way forward. How to identify and close response recovery gaps in urban resilience to reduce inequality and how to build better from start.

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationBiodiversityGreenfield land and natural space
Water resources and air qualityClimate changePublic space
Social inclusion and integration
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
  • Apply innovative financing approaches
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Guarantee equal access to information & digital services
  • Support open data standards
In My Backyard: participative citizenship for domestic farming and gardening
Organisation : Rio Neiva Environmental NGO , Portugal

In My Backyard is a pilot project for understanding the use of harmful pesticides and fertilizers for home farming and gardening and exploring sustainable alternatives. It does so by actively engaging local citizens for collecting information, sensibilization and capacitation, through an innovative methodology that employs ethnographic, cultural and scientific characterization of domestic backyards and their caregivers. It is located in the Neiva river valley, in northern costal Portugal, a urban-rural transition area.

Agendas addressed
BiodiversityGreenfield land and natural spaceWater resources and air quality
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Support open data standards
Future City Malchin - Vision 2030+
Organisation : KMGNE+Projekthof Karnitz / Future City Malchin , Germany

In 2015 the German city Malchin began a transformative action initiating a co-creative process of making Malchin ready for the future. Connecting diverse members of society, the regional administration, citizens of the city and neighbouring rural areas and external experts, the "Future City Malchin" is taking action to re-imagine and re-design its infrastructure, energy systems, education and democratic participation practices in order to address the present and future challenge of a globally changing world. In developing stories from the future, Malchin, with its Vision 2030+, is at the forefront of the "Grand Transformation" (WBGU). With 20 years of transformational expertise, Projekthof Karnitz e.V. and KMGNE function as a mediator, advising the city about its process

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationUrban mobilityGreenfield land and natural space
Water resources and air qualityClimate changePublic space
HousingSocial 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
  • Implement sustainable procurement principles
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Guarantee equal access to information & digital services
  • Support open data standards
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
The blue-green belt of Zarautz
City/Region : Zarautz , Spain

We started working with the initiative "Eraztun Berde-Urdina (EBU)" in December 2009, the basis for the creation of the Green-Blue Belt of Zarautz, when we gave the order to write a project that would improve the conservation of the green areas and the biodiversity of Zarautz. In this project actions (recovery of wetlands, improvement of forests) are being carried out in the areas surrounding the municipality (mainly in those that lack some type of protection). In addition, the project is based on three main objectives:

- Biodiversity and care of the green areas that surround the municipality.

- Give citizens the opportunity to enjoy leisure outdoors and be in contact with nature.

- Publicize the natural resources of Zarautz.

To give the option to enjoy leisure we have trained a circular route of 11 kilometers.

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationUrban mobilityBiodiversity
Greenfield land and natural spaceWater resources and air qualityClimate change
Public space
Pathways followed
  • Ensure equal access to municipal services
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
Mannheim Auf Klimakurs (Mannheim on a climate-friendly course)
City/Region : City of Mannheim , Germany

The City of Mannheim is committing itself to greater climate protection under the slogan and campaign MANNHEIM AUF KLIMAKURS (Mannheim on a climate-friendly course). Mannheim wants to strategically bundle energy and political climate protection measures and make them much more visible. The campaign consists of four spheres of activities. Mannheim is focusing on its own effect as a role model (Role Model City), sustainable district development (Sustainable District), strengthening climate protection awareness and commitment (Local Commitment), as well as focusing on the dedication of companies to sustainable economic activity (Active Businesses). With this citywide campaign, Mannheim is able to reach all the local stakeholders.

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationUrban mobilityBiodiversity
Greenfield land and natural spaceWater resources and air qualityClimate change
Public spaceHousingSocial inclusion and integration
Local 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
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Accelerate sustainability and innovation through public procurement
  • Support open data standards
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
Gröna Biblioteket (Green Library)
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
BIOHAZI: Organic farming entrepreneurship demonstration sites
City/Region : Elburgo/Burgelu Local Council , Spain

In 2015, two plots belonging to the local council (one of them zoned as a green area and the other as an urban plot) were turned in organic market gardens with the seal of approval of the Organic Farming Regulatory Board. 

Thanks to the project, each market garden is worked by one person who, with local council support, grows organic produce and sells it at local markets and fairs, and also to consumers in the municipality or nearby ones, with an emphasis on short marketing circuits.

The aim of making these municipal plots available to the public is to provide access to land to people who face significant difficulties to do so, to help them get started in the agri-food sector and create green jobs.

Agendas addressed
BiodiversityGreenfield land and natural spaceSocial inclusion and integration
Pathways followed
  • Nurture a sharing economy
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
  • Create and close local value chains
The bidirectional fotolinera of Molins de Rei
City/Region : Metropolitan Area of Barcelona , Spain

A fotolinera is a photovoltaic pergola, usually located next to a public building, which is equipped with a charging spot for electric vehicles. Therefore, energy to charge cars is no longer coming from fossil fuels but from a renewable source. In addition, whenever there are no cars to be charged, the energy is used by the public building. In addition, the fotolinera of Molins is equipped with V2G technology, a type of connection which allows energy flow on both directions. The battery of the car can be used as an energy source.

 

Agendas addressed
Urban mobilityGreenfield land and natural spaceClimate change
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Implement sustainable procurement principles
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Accelerate sustainability and innovation through public procurement
Together, acting sustainably, innovatively, holistically and courageously to future-proof our city
City/Region : City of Geestland , Germany

Geestland does not just work on one of the ten agendas of the Basque Declaration, but instead takes a more holistic approach. Since 2005, this has been a continuous process that can be seen across all the work of the municipality and not just in individual projects.

First and foremost cooperation with all partners (citizens, politicians, other Authorities and Institutions, Companies) of the City is the most important thing. The city is desgined together with its citizens to ensure its sustainability. The local people are the biggest asset to acheive something.

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationUrban mobilityBiodiversity
Greenfield land and natural spaceWater resources and air qualityClimate change
Public spaceHousingSocial inclusion and integration
Local 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
Lousada: Integrated Education for Sustainability
AWARD
City/Region : Municipality of Lousada , Portugal

Lousada is implementing an innovative way of educating for sustainability. Environmental education is being informally embedded in many different actions across the whole society, so that good environmental practices become natural and needed, without necessarily titling initiatives as ‘green propaganda’.

We are working with schools, private businesses and land owners, cultural groups, sports teams, parishes, the elderly, and many other groups to transform the socio-cultural and economic paradigm in this markedly rural community. We are inspiring and supporting alternative ways of creating conservation areas and job opportunities, engaging the community in doing so while taking care of their natural resources.

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
  • 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
KATOobywatel (resident)
AWARD
City/Region : Katowice/City Hall , Poland

KATOobywatel (resident) project comes from the residents’ needs for a clean, green, aesthetic and climate resilient city. But the most important, in our opinion, was agency - having a direct and tangible influence on shared space. Meantime, we focused on building a civic society which takes responsibility for its surroundings and then starting a reliable dialogue with it. To this end we have been using apps, actions and campaigns which have been carried out since 2018 and they are all based on social engagement.  We believe that only close cooperation and mutual trust can result in good and long-term outcomes.

Agendas addressed
Urban mobilityBiodiversityGreenfield land and natural space
Water resources and air qualityClimate changePublic space
Social inclusion and integration
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
  • 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
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
Lanongizan: Promoting inclusive communities from healthy and organic food
Organisation : Fundación lantegi Batuak , Spain

The Transformative Action consists of the development of an agro industrial system of organic products processing that:

-Creates job opportunities in a healthy environment and in contact with nature for disabled people, notably mentally disabled people.

-Contributes to the creation of a social covenant based on principles of justice and equality that helps the economical sustainability of already existing horticultural organic farms.

-Incentivizes the incorporation of new farms in a model changing environment that leads to new organic and sustainable agricultural production.

Agendas addressed
BiodiversityGreenfield land and natural spaceWater resources and air quality
Climate changeSocial inclusion and integrationLocal economies and employment
Pathways followed
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Nurture a sharing economy
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
  • Create and close local value chains
  • Guarantee equal access to information & digital services
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
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
Cultural Adaptations: using creativity to transform our cities for an adapted, sustainable future
Organisation : Creative Carbon Scotland / Glasgow , United Kingdom

Climate change impacts will change our cities and our culture. Cultural Adaptations is a highly innovative project with partners in four EU city-regions, exploring creativity in urban adaptation. Combining research, practice and policy through a series of activities, collaborations and digital resource development, the project is creating free-to-use toolkits to guide creative, socially transformative adaptation for city-regions across Europe. 

Partnerships of municipalities and cultural organisations embed artists directly in adaptation processes, exploring how creative approaches can create more effective solutions to climate change challenges,  and how adapting cities’ cultural SMEs can connect community and regional-level adaptation within existing strategies.

Agendas addressed
Greenfield land and natural spaceClimate changePublic space
HousingLocal 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
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
8 Ways Your Roof Can Help Tackle Air Pollution
City/Region : AGARTALA , India

Birds, butterflies and various insects perish as their natural habitat dwindles rapidly. Rooftop plantation will bring back such natural beauty which is no longer seen in the polluted cities of the world.

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationBiodiversityGreenfield land and natural space
Water resources and air qualityClimate change
Pathways followed
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Apply innovative financing approaches
Oltrarno Sostenibile
AWARD
Organisation : Associazione Amici del Nidiaci in Oltrarno Onlus, Florence , Italy

For five years, the local community has been managing  Nidiaci by itself. Nidiaci is an area dedicated to children and families in the heart of the historic Oltrarno district of Florence, Italy.

The focus is on self-management, sustainability, building community, inclusion of immigrant families, developing physical health, becoming stewards of historic heritage, self-help of every kind among peers.

Agendas addressed
Greenfield land and natural spacePublic spaceSocial 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
SEE* H2O – A new vision about the water use
City/Region : Loures Municipality , Portugal

Loures is embracing a new vision when it comes to water: adding value to the resource during all urban cycle, betting on an active monitoring, sharing knowledge amongst the citizens and involving stakeholders and interested parts.

This mind set results in a panoply of guidelines: Water Lines Recovery Strategic Plan, Hydrographic Network Monitoring Plan, Municipal Strategy for Environmental Education and, connecting them all, Water Sustainability Plan (on development).

All of this is resulting in a bunch of practical actions that are improving the value of the water on Loures’s territory.

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
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
  • 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
  • Guarantee equal access to information & digital services
  • Support open data standards
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
Smart usage of urban space connecting the hillside sections and old core of Sarajevo
Organisation : Association of Engineers of Transportation and Communication in Bosnia and Herzegovina , Bosnia and Herzegovina

Our idea resulted from the fact that the settlements were built on high  hills around Sarajevo through history. We present project that is inovative and the first one which bridges a centuries-old aspiration of connecting two hillsides of the city, but doesn’t violate the appearance of old town. We would improve existing cable car and add component of public transport in hillside settlements to it. This conceptual design represents potential of Sarajevo getting new cable car in the area of hillside on other part of old town, which gives Sarajevo an opportunity to be unique.  

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationUrban mobilityGreenfield land and natural space
Public spaceSocial inclusion and integrationLocal economies and employment
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
  • Apply innovative financing approaches
  • Implement sustainable procurement principles
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Accelerate sustainability and innovation through public procurement
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
VITORIA-GASTEIZ: NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION AND MITIGATION
City/Region : Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council , Spain

Vitoria-Gasteiz has embarked on a process to design and implement an Urban Green Infrastructure Plan. This process aims to explore the usefulness of different urban green infrastructure solutions in mitigating climate change and promoting adaptation in the city, and will involve the study of ecosystem services, the concept of multifunctionality and its associated benefits. The outcomes are expected to lead to a better understanding of the city’s urban dynamics and a better appraisal of the potential to integrate such measures into land use planning.

Agendas addressed
Urban mobilityBiodiversityGreenfield land and natural space
Water resources and air qualityClimate changePublic space
Local economies and employment
Pathways followed
  • Ensure equal access to municipal services
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Apply innovative financing approaches
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
Multifunctional transformative e-submission and cooperation platform
City/Region : Liepaja , Latvia

We have created a multi-functional platform that transforms the way how every citizen of Liepaja can access and take part in opportunities such as participation in different events, subbmit projects for fininacial support, civic participation in public decision making and apply for services  offered by the municipality.

Since the implementation of platform resources have been saved - time and paper, and as resident does not have to go to the city centre by car, it reduces the load on the streets and air pollution. It's easier for people with reduced mobility to access services and for anyone working full-time.

Agendas addressed
Greenfield land and natural spaceClimate changePublic space
Social inclusion and integration
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
Exeter's new Passivhaus Developments
City/Region : Exeter , United Kingdom

Exeter City Council’s vision is to promote and deliver exemplar public buildings. Given the links between poor housing and health, fuel poverty, and research carried out on design for future climate, the Council has been keen to build to a standard that would mitigate these issues.

As a result Exeter City Council’s pipeline of new build developments are designed to be low energy (passivhaus), healthy and climate resilient to at least 2018; an approach which addresses the council’s financial, environmental and social responsibilities and triple bottom line.

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationBiodiversityGreenfield land and natural space
Water resources and air qualityClimate changePublic space
HousingSocial inclusion and integrationLocal economies and employment
Pathways followed
  • Ensure equal access to municipal services
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
  • Create and close local value chains
  • Implement sustainable procurement principles
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Accelerate sustainability and innovation through public procurement
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
Orbital Forest, a balance between the city and nature rediscovered
City/Region : Municipality of Tirana , Albania

At a time when some countries are talking about walls, In Tirana we are building a wall of trees to oxygenate the city. The 1st strategic objective in Boeri ‘s General Local Plan 2030 proposes an “Orbital Forest” of 2 million trees, encircling Tirana, acting as a green belt to prevent urban sprawl.  “Don’t underestimate the power of children,” says Tirana’s mayor, Erion Veliaj, "A city for our kids, is a city for all.” The forest ring is populated by kids’ “birthday trees”, planted by families.  We not only create a better future for our children, but we also raise children that will keep this future safe.  

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationUrban mobilityBiodiversity
Greenfield land and natural spaceClimate changePublic space
Local economies and employment
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
  • Create and close local value chains
  • Apply innovative financing approaches
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Support open data standards
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
Encourage climate-neutral initiatives and neighbourhoods by means of a subsidy
City/Region : City of Mechelen , Belgium

Are you tired of the bad news about climate change and do you want to do something positive for the climate together? Then this is your chance. Since 2012 we want to become climate neutral by 2030. Now we go a step further and give all inhabitants the opportunity to help build a climate-neutral Mechelen by providing support of up to 5000 euros. 
A workshop, Samentuinen, a shared chicken run, energy evenings, cooperative heat networks, collective renovation, cycling, electric driving. These are just a few of the possible projects that you can undertake with your neighbourhood or association. 

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationUrban mobilityBiodiversity
Greenfield land and natural spaceWater resources and air qualityClimate change
Public spaceHousingSocial inclusion and integration
Local 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
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
  • Create and close local value chains
  • Apply innovative financing approaches
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Guarantee equal access to information & digital services
  • Support open data standards
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
Compost Production in the Seyhan Municipality
City/Region : Seyhan Municipality , Turkey

Seyhan Municipality aims to recycle farmers market and garden waste into compost and bring it back to soil as a useful and valuable organic fertilizer thanks to natural processes. With the compost production, it is aimed to promote both soil improvement and organic fertilizer use and recycling. By producing compost, Seyhan Municipality aims to evaluate organic wastes, improve the structure and aeration of soil, neutralize toxins, provide nutrients when plants need it, strengthen the plant by accelerating growth.It will been contribute to the conservation of biodiversity, climate change, enviromental pollution thanks to compost production.

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationBiodiversityGreenfield land and natural space
Water resources and air qualityClimate changeLocal economies and employment
Pathways followed
  • Ensure equal access to municipal services
  • 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
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Accelerate sustainability and innovation through public procurement
  • Guarantee equal access to information & digital services
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
Urban DNA
City/Region : Murcia City Hall , Spain

Urban DNA: the next step in integrated and participative urban regeneration & revitalisation, applied in neighbourhoods that have not fully deteriorated yet, but are at risk of worsening and show signs of decline (e.g. degentrification, identity-loss, declining quality of life, insecurity, lesser desirability, physical deterioration, migration problems, etc. and problems associated to “old” neighbourhoods.
The cornerstone of the project being a full scale citizen participation process on many levels through the three phases of identification, agitation and projection/evaluation, using tools like “Urban acupuncture” & “City Labs” to co-create better neighbourhoods for our citizens and increase their overall quality of life.

 

Agendas addressed
Greenfield land and natural spaceWater resources and air qualityPublic space
Social inclusion and integrationLocal economies and employment
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
“Food for the Earth” is a community based initiative for share composting on site
Organisation : Urban Cultor , Romania

“Food for the Earth” is a community based initiative for composting on site. It builds low carbon infrastructure and offers low carbon services as an integrated and innovative green economy and social approach. It creates spaces for social cohesion and transgenerational connections - adults, kids and elderly. It empowers local communities and promotes climate-friendly behavior and ways to live. Our main goal is to create, adapt, transfer knowledge and raise awareness among citizens and municipalities about soil’s health in urban and periurban areas. The targeted groups will be inspired, involved and influenced for climate friendly behavior. 

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationBiodiversityGreenfield land and natural space
Climate changePublic spaceSocial inclusion and integration
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
Inclusion and diversity in sustainability
City/Region : The Municipality of the City of Nijmegen , Netherlands

Personal responsibility for sustainability and sustainability itself have traditionally been subjects that mainly concern highly educated citizens and those with higher social positions. For years, groups with a lower social standing, people born abroad, and those with non-Dutch parentage have virtually been excluded. Leading up to “Nijmegen - European Green Capital” the Kleurrijk Groen (colourful green) programme was created to broaden the participation and involvement of citizens. The Kleurrijk Groen programme involved more citizens from a variety of backgrounds in all kinds of sustainable initiatives. This involvement and participation was not just a one-off situation: it is still visible today.

Agendas addressed
BiodiversityGreenfield land and natural spaceClimate change
Social inclusion and integration
Pathways followed
  • Ensure equal access to municipal services
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Guarantee equal access to information & digital services
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
Adaptation to climate change according to ecosystems and territories
Organisation : Colegio de , Mexico

Geophysical study of the entities and population components, family production as eco-biological analysis to improve the quality of life in all aspects of the regions, in order to eliminate the technical gap and create a more egalitarian world, in reveal the relationship between the observable spatial visualizations of the patterns underlying these geographical territorial distributions, and human behavior, among other scientific research studies on the regions.

Agendas addressed
BiodiversityGreenfield land and natural spaceWater resources and air quality
Climate changeSocial 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
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
  • Implement sustainable procurement principles
  • Accelerate sustainability and innovation through public procurement
  • Guarantee equal access to information & digital services
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
Lens in your pocket to help the species
Organisation : Landscape Laboratory of Guimarães (laboratório da Paisagem) , Portugal

Biodiversity Go! arose from the Guimarães 2030 Sustainability Plan. Using a science citizen concept, this app catalogues fauna and flora species occurring in Guimarães and georeferences them. Data is used to produce information, which helps political decision-making processes to protect biodiversity. Also, this app is important in raising awareness about invasive exotic species and to help prevent further invasions. The success of this transformative action relies on active participation of all citizens in the preservation of the city´s natural heritage. Since 2016, a set of actions involving the scientific community and local inhabitants have been developed in Guimarães using BiodiversityGo!

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationBiodiversityGreenfield land and natural space
Climate change
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Guarantee equal access to information & digital services
  • Support open data standards
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
GeoSIG - Geological Data Management Platform
City/Region : Lisbon / Lisbon Municipality , Portugal

The expansion of the urban area in Lisbon, which has occurred since the last decades of the 19th century, allows the gathering of a huge volume of geological and geotechnical data. Taking into account the importance and the potential of this information in Urban and Planning Management, Lisbon Municipality initiated a project aiming towards establishing a geotechnical database - GeoSIG Project - Geotechnical mapping in urban areas, which includes multiple objectives, including the development of a platform that could represent the location and the results obtained from geological and geotechnical surveys aiming cost reduction and the optimization of new projects.

Agendas addressed
Greenfield land and natural spaceWater resources and air qualityClimate change
Public spaceHousing
Pathways followed
  • Ensure equal access to municipal services
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Guarantee equal access to information & digital services
  • Support open data standards
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
Ghent en Garde: Transforming the food system
AWARD
City/Region : City of Ghent , Belgium

Ghent en Garde has brought significant change to the local food system. Through participative governance models, including a food policy council, Ghent’s food policy has moved from launching small-scale initiatives to bringing structural change to the food system. It is decreasing food waste, making food procurement more sustainable, scaling up short food supply chains and improving access to food. 7% of the citizens are now vegetarians, local food is booming through new farmers markets and through a new logistics platform for professional buyers, 300 tonnes of food waste has been redistributed in a 10 month period to 19,000 people in poverty, and we have connected 120 stakeholders on improving access to sustainable and healthy food.

Agendas addressed
BiodiversityGreenfield land and natural spaceWater resources and air quality
Climate changeSocial 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
  • Support open data standards
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
Physical and social rehabilitation of the Historical Centre of Valls through civil intercooperation
Organisation : La Titaranya SCCL , Spain

Long-term strategy for the physical and social rehabilitation of a highly degraded neighborhood, with direct governance by civic organizations and citizens.

The action generates social housing, premises for organizations, public space, climate shelter, heritage recovery, energetic community and a local and organic food store.

Generation of local technical teams capable of executing the action and multiplying it, offering training and experience in legal management and services specialized in social economy organizations; citizen participation, coordination of the construction work, management of public and private aid; architects specialized in rehabilitation, construction with environmental criteria and feminist urban planning.

Agendas addressed
BiodiversityGreenfield land and natural spaceClimate change
Public spaceHousingSocial inclusion and integration
Local 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
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
  • Create and close local value chains
  • Apply innovative financing approaches
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Guarantee equal access to information & digital services
  • Support open data standards
Co-creating a sustainable future for France’s second city: The power of community
Organisation : Civocracy and Ville de Lyon , France , France

At the end of 2016, the government of the Ville de Lyon (France) began working with Civocracy (a CivicTech company centred on citizen participation and co-creation) on a longitudinal transformation project in order to create a better, more sustainable society for their community through engaging their citizens.

The city’s public sector workers are consulting citizens on a range of sustainability and public service infrastructure subjects, including the urban planning of green spaces, education structures, improved public transportation, and the regulation of city temperatures during periods of hot weather.

Agendas addressed
Urban mobilityBiodiversityGreenfield land and natural space
Climate changePublic spaceSocial inclusion and integration
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
  • Implement sustainable procurement principles
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Guarantee equal access to information & digital services
The New Face of BlackSea: Fındıklı Municipality
City/Region : FINDIKLI MUNICIPALITY , Turkey

With the logic of participatory democracy, the city council, which includes all the representatives of non-governmental organizations and different working groups, held its 1st general assembly on January 14 with 84 representatives. With the establishment of the City Council with Fındıklı, the previously established public assemblies decided to continue their work as assemblies under this structure. Our councils are represented by the participation in the city council, the public, the women's, the youth, the tradesmen, the commercial vehicle tradesmen, the disabled, Reeves Councils. The structure of the city council continues its works by adopting the culture of meci (imece).

Agendas addressed
Urban mobilityBiodiversityGreenfield land and natural space
Water resources and air qualityPublic spaceSocial inclusion and integration
Local 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
  • Implement sustainable procurement principles
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Guarantee equal access to information & digital services
  • Support open data standards
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
BARATZE PARKEA NETWORK OF GIPUZKOA
Organisation : KUTXA EKOGUNEA , Spain

The Baratze Parkea Sarea Network (‘Baratze’ means vegetable garden) brings together vegetable gardens from the various towns and cities in Gipuzkoa (Spain?), offering the public somewhere local to engage in organic horticulture for self-consumption, with the support of the community and advice from experts.

 

A leader in Europe?

 

This project also manages to improve social harmony and cohesion, integrate disadvantaged groups, promote cultural and linguistic diversity, create new green spaces integrated into the urban ecosystem, foster an intergenerational exchange and promote active leisure and respect for the natural environment.

Agendas addressed
Greenfield land and natural spacePublic space
Pathways followed
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Create and close local value chains
  • Implement sustainable procurement principles
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
CooperACTion - ACT in Green
Organisation : CooperACTiva , Italy

CooperACTiva aims to build  a socially and economically sustainable business model based on the heritage district of Centocelle, in order to support the development of the Alessandrino, Centocelle and Torre Spaccata neighborhoods. It aims to ensure, through synergies among the community’s activities, that the district of Centocelle is preserved and that the local community can perceive the area as rich of resources and culture and not as a problem. To facilitate the development of the services, the creation of trust and a sense of community is essential. Hence, the community is the main actor while ensuring that the heritage value is valorized.

Agendas addressed
Urban mobilityGreenfield land and natural spacePublic space
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
  • 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
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
The Black and Green Ambassadors for Bristol Programme
Organisation : Bristol Green Capital Partnership , United Kingdom

Through the training and mentoring of a new generation of leaders, representative of Bristol’s diverse Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, this programme will further empower BAME leadership and strengthen voice and participation of diverse communities on issues of environment, climate and social justice. Ambassadors will gather the evidence needed to advocate for transformative change, co-create tangible solutions and develop new projects that will enable bold and inclusive action towards a sustainable Bristol. They will build links between diverse communities, businesses, institutions and decision making forums - enabling mutual learning and opening spaces for constructive challenge to achieve more inclusive practices and so systemic city-wide change.

Agendas addressed
Greenfield land and natural spaceClimate changeSocial inclusion and integration
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
Multisensory Energy Garden
City/Region : Setúbal , Portugal

The Multisensory Energy Garden is a space accessible to everyone, which provides an interactive journey through the different renewable energies available on the planet raising public awareness on the issues about renewable energy and energy efficiency. Through equipment and information panels, it has six stations along the route, each one representing a source of renewable energy: Geothermal, Biomass, Energy from the sea, solar, water and wind. Space that promotes activities that stimulate the different senses in an integrated way: the tactile, the olfactory, the auditory, the visual and the gustatory, which allows people with reduced mobility or disabilities to visit.

Agendas addressed
Urban mobilityGreenfield land and natural spaceClimate change
Public space
Pathways followed
  • Ensure equal access to municipal services
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
Enkarterri Open Lab - Your place for agro-food innovation
Organisation : DOT Coop on behalf of ADR Enkarterrialde , Spain

ENKARTERRI OPEN LAB was born in September 2019 with the aim of facilitating the detection of innovation opportunities in the agri-food sector through social innovation partices. We foster a platform and a network of agents from the agri-food and social innovation sectors to connect, inspire and create high-impact initiatives that help the Enkarterri region in the Basque Country to be a more innovative territory, with greater well-being, better inhabited, a benchmark in public-private participation and a place ready to be a pioneering region in creating a new rurality and providing solutions for the rural-urban gap.

http://openlab.enkarterrialde.eus/

http://balmaseando.eus/innovacion-agroalimentaria-con-enkarterri-open-lab/

Agendas addressed
Greenfield land and natural spaceClimate changeSocial inclusion and integration
Local 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
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Accelerate sustainability and innovation through public procurement
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
A NEW REAL BOTANIC GARDEN, A NEW DISTRICT
Organisation : Creect NGO, Cartagena , Spain

In October 2015 CREECT NGO started the project for the restitution of what was one of the first botanical gardens in the world. Also some of the most unknown; The Royal Botanic Garden of Cartagena of the XVIIIth century located today in Los Mateos, one of the poorest neighborhoods in Spain.

An agreement was signed with the City Council of Cartagena, which gave way to the creation of a forum where exports met. Another agreement  was signed with the university UPCT, through which 15 architectural students would develop the new real botanic garden of Cartagena. This was just the beginning.

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
  • Create and close local value chains
  • Implement sustainable procurement principles
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Accelerate sustainability and innovation through public procurement
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
Make Ecotourism seamlessly accessible for the whole world through a smart Mobile Application and Web
Organisation : TripnTap , Lebanon

Tripntap is a website and mobile application that links outdoor seekers and tour operators, connects users, while building a community that contributes to a sustainable world

Actions:

  • Gather a dynamic group of youth to fulfil the UN SDGS and make sure we are not the cause of our own destruction. 
  • 2% of every trip booked will be donated to sustainable development goals through a dynamic group
  • Create partnerships with local and international organisations to promote sustainable tourism and development goals.
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
P2P Energy Protocol (P2PEP): A project aiming to revolutionize the transition towards clean energy
Organisation : P2PEP , Macedonia

P2P Energy Protocol (P2PEP) aims to revolutionize, boost convenience, increase efficiency and lower costs for all parties aspiring to make the transition towards clean energy. Through the P2PEP Platform, clean Energy can de directly traded peer to peer. P2PEP is an advanced solution based on the blockchain technology, PEP is a payment token for energy trading over the network. P2PEP uses a standard electronic Confirmation Matching (eCM) which is the established standard for energy trading. eCM helps to reduce operational risk, cost and delays when processing confirmations.The P2PEP platform is meant to connect, and bring reliability and stability to the market.

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationBiodiversityGreenfield land and natural space
Climate changePublic spaceSocial inclusion and integration
Local 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
x

Contact

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
European Secretariat

Leopoldring 3
79098 Freiburg
Germany

Tel.: +49 (0) 761 – 368 92 0
Fax: +49 (0) 761 – 368 92 19

E-mail: info@sustainablecities.eu
Website: www.sustainablecities.eu

x

Legal Notice / Impressum

x

Data Protection Policy / Datenschutzerklärung