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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
Physical and social rehabilitation of the historical centre of Valls through civil intercooperation
AWARD
Organisation : La Titaranya SCCL , Spain

Long-term strategy for the physical and social rehabilitation of a highly degraded neighbourhood, with direct governance from civic organisations and citizens.

The action will generate social housing, premises for organisations, public space, a climate shelter, heritage recovery, an energy community and a local, organic food store.

The action will generate local technical teams who are capable of executing the project and multiplying it, in addition to offering training and experience in: legal management and services specialised in social economy organisations, citizen participation, the coordination of construction work, management of public and private aid, and architects specialised 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
Living Laboratory for Decarbonisation - Águeda Sm@rt City Lab
City/Region : Municipality of Águeda , Portugal

The Águeda Sm@rt City Lab, is a living lab that translates into an open innovation environment, where the municipality, citizens, companies and schools collaborate in the development, implementation, validation and testing of new technologies, services and respective applications.

Águeda Sm@rt City Lab creates spaces for the development/testing of innovative technologies with low environmental impact, solidifying the principles of efficient use of material and energy resources.

The project is cofinanced by Environmental Fund and the Municipality of Águeda: by the Environmental fund € 360,656.00, that corresponds to a co-financing rate of 49.4% of the total investment made.

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationUrban mobilityClimate change
Public space
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • 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
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
Foster Environmental Civism
City/Region : Cannes , France

Incivism depicts various antisocial behaviors wich can engender a climate of tension, insecurity and a negative impact on environment.

Henceforth the City of Cannes fosters environemental civism, which aims to empower citizens, visitors and professionals, to preserve public space and protect environment.

This proactive policy favours an holistic approach and is organized around four axes:

- Communication and prevention (inform users to raise individual and collective awareness);

- Education and public awareness (engage with general public, especially the youngest population) ;

- Participation and commitment (involve citizens and professionals in eco-responsible actions);

- Mendings  and penalties (empower and verbalize offenders).

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationBiodiversityWater resources and air quality
Climate changePublic space
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Create and close local value chains
  • Accelerate sustainability and innovation through public procurement
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
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
Izmit Çınar Waste Project
City/Region : Izmit/Kocaeli/Izmit Municipality , Turkey

The transformative action put into practice by our municipality includes the implementation of the web-based www.izmitcinaratik.com and the android and ios-based ' İzmit Çınar Atık' mobile application for our citizens in order to increase the amount and diversity of recyclable wastes which is collected within our borders and to raise awareness about the importance of recycling in waste management as well. Our transformative action has been created in line with the goals of the UN Sustainable Development Golas under the title of Sustainable Cities and Communities and has been designed to be easily adapted b other local governments as well.

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationClimate change
Pathways followed
  • Ensure equal access to municipal services
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
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
Make sustainabilty actions local and integral
City/Region : Winterswijk , Netherlands

The Winterswijk transformation approach consists of making changes in the field of sustainability locally and integrally. In this form, we highlight the ''voucher campaign'' from 2020 and 2021 and the ''Heat Photo campaign'' conducted by the municipality. We also look at a LED lamp campaign for people with a limited budget. These actions have led to a lot of CO2 reduction. Finally, we discuss our work to reduce the amount of residual waste.

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationClimate changeHousing
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
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Guarantee equal access to information & digital services
“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
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