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44.000 M2 OF PEDESTRIAN SPACE: THE RECONVERSIONS OF THE SQUARES OF THE CENTRE OF VALÈNCIA
City/Region : València , Spain

Recovering 44,000 m2 of pedestrian space by converting Plaza de la Reina, Town Hall Square and the area around the Central Market is just one of the actions that is consolidating València as the European Mediterranean benchmark for sustainable policies.

Proof of this is that it has been designated by the EU as one of the 100 climate-neutral and smart cities for 2030, as well as being a finalist for the European Green Capital in 2024, an award with which the European Commission rewards efforts to improve the environment and, therefore, the economy and quality of life of cities.

EU Green Deal Policy Areas Addressed
Climate actionSustainable mobilityEliminating pollution
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Implement sustainable procurement principles
Naonair: air quality on a daily basis
Organisation : Air Pays de la Loire , France

The Aireal project aims to raise citizens’ awareness about air quality and help them change their behavior when it comes to mobility. Two main types of action allow this awareness: the development of a mobile application (Naonair) and numerous awareness actions, including an urban experimentation.

Naonair is also a mobile application about air quality and mobility. It was built with Air Pays de la Loire, Nantes Métropole and its citizens to help them breathe cleaner air. Air pollution has major impacts on health. This tool is a way to limit exposure to this pollution.

EU Green Deal Policy Areas Addressed
Climate actionSustainable mobilityEliminating pollution
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Support open data standards
HACKATHON URBAN SOLUTIONS
Organisation : MWCC , Spain

Learn about your city's problems and the most creative and innovative solutions. Hackathons are events organised to develop solutions to problems that require talent and creative and innovative ideas. These events - aimed at the participation of young people, who are seldom listened to - are a means of knowing the problems that cities hold for specific groups and knowing what solutions they propose.

EU Green Deal Policy Areas Addressed
Climate actionSustainable mobilityEliminating pollution
Clean energy
Pathways followed
  • Ensure equal access to municipal services
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Implement sustainable procurement principles
  • 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
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.

EU Green Deal Policy Areas Addressed
Climate actionSustainable mobilityBiodiversity
Sustainable agricultureEliminating pollutionClean energy
Public spaceFrom Farm to ForkSustainable industry
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
  • Ensure new policies take socio-cultural changes resulting from innovative technologies into account
InnovationCity Ruhr | Modellstadt Bottrop
City/Region : Bottrop , Germany

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

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

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

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

EU Green Deal Policy Areas Addressed
Climate actionSustainable mobilityBiodiversity
Sustainable agricultureEliminating pollutionClean energy
Public spaceFrom Farm to ForkSustainable industry
Pathways followed
  • Ensure equal access to municipal services
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
  • Create and close local value chains
  • Implement sustainable procurement principles
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Accelerate sustainability and innovation through public procurement
Bicycle Tram
City/Region : Konya Metropolitan Municioality , Turkey

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

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

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

EU Green Deal Policy Areas Addressed
Public spaceFrom Farm to Fork
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
Gröna Biblioteket (Green Library)
AWARD
Organisation : Växtvärket Malmö Ideella , Sweden

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

EU Green Deal Policy Areas Addressed
BiodiversitySustainable agricultureClean energy
Public spaceFrom Farm to ForkSustainable industry
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Nurture a sharing economy
  • Implement sustainable procurement principles
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Accelerate sustainability and innovation through public procurement
The Unnamed – Lecco Group of Restorative Justice
Organisation : Associazione Comunità Il Gabbiano odv , Italy

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

EU Green Deal Policy Areas Addressed
Building and renovatingFrom Farm to Fork
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
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