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Circular Berlin
Organisation : Berlin , Germany

Circular Berlin is an open initiative promoting a collaborative environment to unlock the potential of cross-sectorial connectivity and to accelerate Berlin's transition to a circular city. Current objectives are:

  • Connect Berlin local initiatives operating in the area of Circular Economy 
  • Identify cross-sectorial potentials for knowledge creation and exchange
  • Search for projects ready for replication and launch new pilots at the district and city level

The focus is on construction and the built environment, food and agriculture, and textile and fashion, as well as on eco-design, material, and recycling.

The ultimate goal to identify best practices for and in Berlin!

Agendas addressed
Water resources and air qualityHousingLocal economies and employment
Pathways followed
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Create and close local value chains
  • Implement sustainable procurement principles
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Accelerate sustainability and innovation through public procurement
  • Support open data standards
Actívate+ / Aktibatu+ en Bilbao
Organisation : Plan de Acción Global para la Tierra (GAP España) , Spain

The project was launched in the Basque Country, by GAP España in conjunction with Government of Bizkaia and 6 other public and private partners.

The aim was to enable local communities and citizens to transform by empowering them through taking "actions", hence the name "Actívate+". The strategy was to engage schools, families and the community to encourage change in relation to sustainability.

Two GAP programmes were implemented: one aimed at reducing energy & waste in school buildings and the other minimizing daily negative habits in relation to water, energy consumption and mobility using the household as the focal point.

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationUrban mobilityWater resources and air quality
Climate changeSocial 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
  • 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
A new approach to public transport as a way to improve the quality of life.
City/Region : The City and Commune of Ostrów Wielkopolski , Poland

The authorities of Ostrów Wielkopolski have undertaken a number of initiatives to modernize urban transport in the city. The goal is to develop ecological public transport, improve air quality, reduce traffic, promote bike usage and use new technologies.

Electric mobility gained popularity in 2017, however despite the short time frame, many sustainable transport initiaitves have already been introduced. The city is currently implementing 2 projects valued at 63 million PLN, 46 million PLN of which is coming from EU funding. Projects include: electric buses  (one of the first in Greater Poland), city bike stations, an Interchange Centre and Park&Ride parking.  These activities lead to lasting change, as evidenced by a number of users.

Agendas addressed
Urban mobilityWater resources and air qualityPublic space
Pathways followed
  • Ensure equal access to municipal services
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
  • Implement sustainable procurement principles
Municipal programmes as a basis for the improvement of the quality of life in Ostrów Wielkopolski
City/Region : Ostrów Wielkopolski , Poland

Ostrów Wielkopolski is home to a population of 72,000 inhabitants, 23% of which are 60+ years of age. The local authorities, aware of the challenges associated with an aging population, have taken a number of  initiatives related to elederly citizens (health/social/housing programes). On the other hand, seeing the potential in young residents, as well as their decisive role in the development of the city, the city created comprehensive activities targeted at young families. The city's offer aims to encourage younger generations to stay in Ostrów, to set up home and to develop professional paths here. Such a comprehensive project is an example of a tangible change.

Agendas addressed
HousingSocial 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
Bio-climatic redevelopment of the historic center of Larissa
City/Region : Municipality of Larissa , Greece

The project is about the reconstruction and renovation of a 25.000sqm area in the center of the city with the intention to lower the ground temperature by 1,5oC, while addressing functional and aesthetic issues of the area and the unification of monuments and archaeological sites. It includes the pedestrianization of five roads, reconstruction of three public squares, water elements, the increase of greenery by 40%, the use of cool materials, renewable resources (photovoltaics for public lighting, ground-to-air geothermic installation), low energy public lighting and the creation of shaded areas and corridors (with a network of metallic elements and photocatalytic materials).

Agendas addressed
Climate changePublic space
Pathways followed
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
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
ENERGY AWARENESS TRAINING IN SCHOOL AND MUNICIPALITY
City/Region : ISTANBUL METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY , Turkey

This project fouces on giving Energy Efficiency Awareness Training to municipal employees and students and is carried out by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality.

The purpose of the project is to create an energy efficiency culture, behavioral change and energy awareness among students and municipal employees. Through this project Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has organized energy awareness conferences and presentations in public institutions, schools and public spaces. Through these energy trainings, we aim to raise awareness among the following groups.
- Students, 
- Teachers, 
- Educational Institutions,
 - Public Space, 
During the two-month period, 4386 students and 1000 municipal employees were given energy awareness training in the 37 educational institutions.

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationUrban mobilityClimate change
Public spaceHousing
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
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
Bayrampasa Former Area Urban Transformation Project
City/Region : Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality , Turkey

The Bayrampasa Project is an urban transformation project. Bayrampasa is a district in Istanbul which has been identified as an earthquake-vulnerable zone. As a result, the Former Prison in Bayrampasa has been demolished and is being replaced with earthquake resistant dwellings. The buildings will be environmentally and eco-friendly and through the project we hope to improve and strengthen neigbourhood ties. The project will bring new living spaces to approximately 10 thousand people who will live in 2.277 dwellings, so this is social project for people who live in risky building is eartquake.

Agendas addressed
Urban mobilityPublic spaceHousing
Local 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
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Accelerate sustainability and innovation through public procurement
  • 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
Walking the street! ¡Haciendo la Calle! kalea eginez! Citizen laboratory
Organisation : Bilbao/Bizkaia/Urbanbat , Spain

The context of “High neighborhoods of Bilbao” offers a very interesting moment to develop a project like this. The City Council was designing an agenda of actions for the period 2016-2020 and in a parallel way the Coordinator of Social Groups of the district realized their own participatory diagnosis of the area. Through a few citizen laboratories, neighbours, municipal technicians, socio-cultural agents and artists to collaborate, recognize each other, share experiences and work on the design strategies that contribute to improve the neighbourhood in a more sustainable and inclusive way.

 

Agendas addressed
Urban mobilityPublic spaceSocial inclusion and integration
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
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