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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
Creating Decarbonisation Groups in Community Centres in Santiago de Compostela and Donosti
City/Region : Santiago de Compostela , Spain

The project “Decarbonise! It’s no small feat” has as its main goal the organization and guidance of groups willing to contribute to “decarbonisation” in their own communities, that is, of groups of people willing to enhance community resilience and ease the ecological transition towards low-emission societies.

By means of coordinated work with the Santiago and Donostia city councils and a well-proven methodology, the project has succeeded in incorporating the climate crisis into the sociocultural and community leisure sector and in involving social groups traditionally unconcerned about the climate threat in the implementation of mitigation and adaptation strategies.

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationClimate change
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
From Bazaar to Shop and to Cooperative: A Women Solidarity Network "POTLAÇ"
City/Region : Kadıköy Municipality , Turkey

To realize “Women Friendly Cities” which refers to the cities where women can benefit equally from economic, social, cultural and political opportunities, it is essential to establish participatory governance mechanisms at the local level. The Potlaç Project was initiated in line with the demand of the women residents of Kadıköy within “Local Equality Action Plan” which is the output of the participatory workshop. Potlaç Project aims to improve the socio-economic situation of women through the Potlaç sales areas and to provide the opportunities for the women residents of Kadıköy to create a strong network of solidarity in the long run.

Agendas addressed
Public spaceSocial inclusion and integrationLocal economies and employment
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Nurture a sharing economy
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
  • Create and close local value chains
  • Guarantee equal access to information & digital services
Human Power Hub
City/Region : Câmara Municipal de Braga , Portugal

The Human Power Hub (HPH) consists of a space for training, co-creation and experimentation that generates social innovation. It promotes the construction of a social innovation ecosystem, and as such is an Integrated Social Innovation Center.

The creation of HPH is based on the theoretical assumptions "Community Sense", "Public Procurement / Social Procurement", "Transitional Arena", "Impact Measurement" and "Blended Impact", making it an entrepreneurial, the context of social innovation, structuring, development and implementation of strategies. HPH takes on three challenges: realizing the potential of social innovation; monitoring and evaluating social investment impact; and contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Agendas addressed
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
City Changer Cargo Bike. Transforming a Lot
Organisation : Forschungsgesellschaft Mobilitaet - Austrian Mobility Research FGM - AMOR , Austria

Within the project, the limitless potential of cargo bikes promoting their usage amongst public, private, and commercial users will be exploited. Supported by the Horizon 2020 programme, City Changer Cargo Bike (CCCB) brings together 20 partners in the quest to achieve a faster, more cost-effective and larger-scale deployment of this sustainable mobility option. Assessing best practices across Europe, CCCB will raise awareness and support the uptake of cargo bikes and cargo bike initiatives. In doing so, the project will foster exciting developments that offer more sustainable logistics operations, improve public spaces, engage citizens, reduce traffic congestion and promote local start-ups.

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationUrban mobilityClimate change
Public spaceSocial inclusion and integration
Pathways followed
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Create and close local value chains
  • Apply innovative financing approaches
  • Implement sustainable procurement principles
  • Accelerate sustainability and innovation through public procurement
We accelerate Berlin’s transition towards becoming a Circular City
Organisation : Circular City - Zirkuläre Stadt e.V. , Germany

We are reshaping Berlin’s metabolism by applying circular principles in the fields of strategy & urban planning, product & material design, food & biomass, and textile & fashion. Having a strong focus on community, we offer platforms for engagement and knowledge exchange and support local actors through collaboration.

Agendas addressed
Climate changePublic spaceHousing
Local economies and employment
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Create and close local value chains
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Support open data standards
Circular Economy Club (CEC) "European Cities" Chapter During Local Sessions
Organisation : Circular Economy Club , United Kingdom

Circular Economy Club (CEC) is the international network of circular economy professionals. With CEC local chapters in 240 cities worldwide, 82 of which are in Europe (e.g.: Berlin, Helsinki, Madrid, Prague, Sofia, Torino, etc). CEC organizers gather local communities to implement circularity and run global initiatives such as the Circular Economy Mapping Week 2018, resulting in the largest open-source database of +3,000 initiatives. And the annual and decentralized event: Circular Cities Week (CCW) happening in more than 40 European cities where professionals identify circular opportunities and will both urge and support their Mayors to issue local circular strategies.

Agendas addressed
Climate changeSocial inclusion and integrationLocal economies and employment
Decarbonisation
Pathways followed
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Nurture a sharing economy
  • Ensure equal access to municipal services
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • 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
Fritidsbanken Umeå - a sharing service with environmental impact
AWARD
City/Region : Umeå kommun , Sweden

Fritidsbanken Umeå is a public library for sports-equipment, toys and leisure items. Here you can borrow equipment for active leisure, such as skis, skates, rollerblades, life jackets, snowboards and more. We also supply equipment in parasport. The lending period is 14 days.

The idea came from a clergyman who saw that parents called in their children sick when the school had sport outings because they could not equip them properly. Since then the concept has spread throughout Sweden and today there are 89 Fritidsbanken libraries.

* Everyone can borrow
* Everything is free of charge
* Focus on the environment

Agendas addressed
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
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
Cocreating a Climate-Neutral Leuven: Developing and Implementing Leuven 2030’s Roadmap
Organisation : Leuven 2030 , Belgium

By harnessing the power of its network, Leuven 2030 has (1) created a comprehensive Roadmap to a carbon-neutral future, (2) united stakeholders behind it, and (3) developed an innovative governance model to begin to implement it. The Roadmap, wide in its scope and high in ambition, has accelerated momentum for climate action and signals a new, mature phase in Leuven’s push for carbon neutrality.

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationClimate change
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Apply innovative financing approaches
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
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
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