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Sustainable Architecture and Sustainable Construction Strategy (EACS)
City/Region : Direccion general de territorio y arquitectura.comunidad autonoma region de murcia , Spain

The Sustainable Architecture and Construction Strategy (EACS) was developed as part of the Murcia Region Circular Economy Strategy 2030. It addresses all phases of the building process: product, construction, use and end-of-life of buildings.

It is constituted as a platform for coordination and cooperation of all the agents involved, and its aim is to give support and backing to actions that encourage and promote the design of sustainable, healthy and environmentally friendly buildings.

EU Green Deal Policy Areas Addressed
Climate actionEliminating pollutionBuilding and renovating
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Nurture a sharing economy
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
  • Apply innovative financing approaches
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Accelerate sustainability and innovation through public procurement
  • Ensure new policies take socio-cultural changes resulting from innovative technologies into account
Youth for Climate Change, World Heritage and Environmental Damage
City/Region : Urbino , Italy

The implementation of the action began in 2018 and is currently under way. The project is divided into two great topics: the climate change/climatic emergency and the importance of Heritage Protection. The City of Urbino was signed up to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in 1998. Our first goal is to merge the historical value of the City with the new objectives set for enviromental protection and acquired thanks to the approval of PAESC (As part of the work carried out within the EU Covenant of Mayors).

EU Green Deal Policy Areas Addressed
Climate actionSustainable mobilityBiodiversity
Sustainable agricultureEliminating pollutionClean energy
Building and renovating
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
  • Accelerate sustainability and innovation through public procurement
  • Ensure new policies take socio-cultural changes resulting from innovative technologies into account
Close the Circle of Organic Waste
Organisation : InCommOn-Innovative Communities Onwards , Greece

The Transformative Action is a replication of our behaviour change initiative that utilises coffee-recycling to transform habits around organic waste. Cafes, communities, farmers, a bio-energy cooperative, schools, municipalities and the public are involved as stakeholders, partners, participants and replicators. The action is necessary to educate the public about the use of ‘brown bins’ (organic refuse recycling); reduce organic waste; and encourage active citizenship. Organic waste, when reused, reduces methane emissions from landfill and reduces pollution through lessened waste transportation. By changing  habits around organic waste, the public will become engaged in waste reduction in other areas of their daily lives. 

EU Green Deal Policy Areas Addressed
Climate actionEliminating pollutionClean energy
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
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Ensure new policies take socio-cultural changes resulting from innovative technologies into account
Dam Click pe Romania (Let's Click on Romania)
Organisation : Ateliere Fara Frontiere , Romania

Dăm Click pe România (Let’s Click on Romania) is a computer donation programme that promotes a sustainable model of circular economy in the city of Bucharest and its suburban areas, with a positive impact in every region of Romania.

Through this project, we manage to: 

  • collect hundreds of tonnes of WEEE equipment from Bucharest and its surroundings;

  • avoid tonnes of CO2 emissions with our certified processes of computer refurbishing;

  • create job opportunities for people with vulnerable backgrounds from Bucharest;

  • bring access to digitalisation to schools in disadvantaged areas by providing the necessary IT infrastructure from 100% refurbished computers.

EU Green Deal Policy Areas Addressed
Climate actionEliminating pollutionSustainable industry
Pathways followed
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Guarantee equal access to information & digital services
Gent aan Zee: bringing stakeholders and citizens together for a sustainable transformation of Ghent
City/Region : Ghent , Belgium

On May 8th, 2022, Ghent Climate City brought citizens and stakeholders together for the second edition of Gent aan Zee. The climate festival is the flagship action of a broader strategy to lower thresholds, endorse motivators and induce lasting behavioural change towards sustainable living.

The many activities included workshops, an information fair, in-depth inspiration sessions, and a plant-based barbecue contest.

We paid particular attention to youth with tailored activities and by actively involving our youngest stakeholders, students with innovative sustainable ideas. Leading up to 2024, Ghent’s year as European Youth Capital, this focus on youth will become even more crucial.

EU Green Deal Policy Areas Addressed
Climate actionSustainable mobilityBiodiversity
Sustainable agricultureEliminating pollutionClean energy
Building and renovatingFrom Farm to Fork
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
  • Ensure new policies take socio-cultural changes resulting from innovative technologies into account
CHALKI 1ST GR - ECO ISLAND IN GREECE
Organisation : ENERGY COMMUNITY OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF CHALKI ISLAND , Greece

The island of Chalki fulfills the necessary conditions to turn to the production of energy through RES, to meet the needs of electricity on the island and at the same time the decarbonisation of marine and road transport, thus meaningfully decreasing the carbon footprint. Actors involved are the French Embassy in Greece, the Ministry of Environment and Energy, the Region of the South Aegean, The Municipality of Chalki Island, The PPC S.A, Syggelidis Group SA, Akuo Energy Greece S.A, Omexom S.A, and Vodafone S.A. The reduction of the human activity impact is a core factor in combatting the climate change phenomenon.

EU Green Deal Policy Areas Addressed
Climate actionSustainable mobilityEliminating pollution
Clean energyBuilding and renovating
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
  • Accelerate sustainability and innovation through public procurement
  • Guarantee equal access to information & digital services
  • Support open data standards
  • Ensure new policies take socio-cultural changes resulting from innovative technologies into account
The Engaged Jiu Valley: a green, innovative, sustainable and just transition
AWARD
Organisation : Valea Jiului Development Society Project (NGO in Jiu Valley, Petrila) , Romania

The Engaged Jiu Valley is a civil society coalition made up of 21 local NGOs active in the Jiu Valley, and launched in 2019. Offering a framework of organisation & cooperation for NGOs & civic groups, it aims to implement projects spearheading the region’s core systemic change, including numerous initiatives across 4 transversal priorities: strengthening local civil society, promoting sustainable development, fostering quadruple helix collaboration, and promoting investments. Its foundation lies on the need to boldly shift the Jiu Valley to a smart epicenter of sustainability, creativity, innovation and inclusiveness, leading to societal, economic and environmental changes in our former mining region.

EU Green Deal Policy Areas Addressed
Climate actionSustainable mobilityBiodiversity
Eliminating pollutionClean energyBuilding and renovating
Sustainable industry
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
  • Ensure new policies take socio-cultural changes resulting from innovative technologies into account
Young People Tackling the Climate Emergency
AWARD
City/Region : Barcelona , Spain

The goals of this initiative are 1) to bring science to young people (students between ages 11 and 18) through a process of scientific research to be conducted in participating schools, 2) create a space for dialogue and reflection for the students taking part and a panel of scientists specialising in various topics related to the climate emergency and 3) get young people to commit to thinking of and carrying out initiatives, inside and/or outside school hours, that will help reverse the climate emergency.

EU Green Deal Policy Areas Addressed
Climate actionSustainable mobilityBiodiversity
Eliminating pollution
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Guarantee equal access to information & digital services
The City Development Strategy as an effective tool for co-creation and citizen involvement
City/Region : City of Lodz Office , Poland

Łódź' activities are based on the newly adopted (November 2021) City Development Strategy 2030+ and Co-Created City Masterplan. The action is mainly characterised by the involvement of residents and potential residents, firstly in the creation of the City’s Development Strategy, enabling the realisation of a shared vision for the future, as well as in the decision-making and implementation process.

Recent years have consolidated Łódź' position as a human-oriented revitalisation champion, not only in Poland but also in Europe. For us, the beginning of the revitalisation process was also the start of a green transition, combining environmental and economic aspects with social ones.

EU Green Deal Policy Areas Addressed
Climate actionSustainable mobilityEliminating pollution
Building and renovating
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Create and close local value chains
  • Implement sustainable procurement principles
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Accelerate sustainability and innovation through public procurement
  • Guarantee equal access to information & digital services
Co-lónia
Organisation : La Plataforma - Aquí , Spain

The Transformative Action encompasses interactive website creation (http://colonia.unaux.com/) as a “room” for democratic negotiation processes, transparent participatory processes implementation and real political participation in a new Urban Planning proposal for Colonia Güell (Spain).

The website is a map of urban possibilities and an open space to collectively revitalise the attitude towards humans' capability to change reality.

Based on rethinking the way of planning to transition toward a fair society, it has to meet the requirements that enable capacity instead of dependency. Open and transformative, the plan empowers community ownership and allows its residents to prioritise challenges and be part of the solution jointly.

EU Green Deal Policy Areas Addressed
Climate actionSustainable mobilityBiodiversity
Sustainable agricultureEliminating pollutionClean energy
Building and renovatingFrom Farm to Fork
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
  • Ensure new policies take socio-cultural changes resulting from innovative technologies into account
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