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Let's "cup2gether" - circular cup initiative to foster climate protection and sharing economy
Organisation : Cup2gether , Germany

In our city Frankfurt, we have to face 25 million single use cups per year becoming waste. There are some highly committed people bringing own cups or avoiding coffee-to-go, but most of us got used to mobile consumption - we don't want to change culture by prohibition, we want to establish a culture which desires for sustainable solutions. So we started an initiative called "cup2gether" that activated local ambassadors for a circular cup system with a regional produced cup (made of leavings from paper industry, natural resources). We started as official "90-days-challenge" against municipality. Now we established the citywide system.

Agendas addressed
Climate changeLocal economies and employment
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Nurture a sharing economy
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
Lousada: Integrated Education for Sustainability
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City/Region : Municipality of Lousada , Portugal

Lousada is implementing an innovative way of educating for sustainability. Environmental education is being informally embedded in many different actions across the whole society, so that good environmental practices become natural and needed, without necessarily titling initiatives as ‘green propaganda’.

We are working with schools, private businesses and land owners, cultural groups, sports teams, parishes, the elderly, and many other groups to transform the socio-cultural and economic paradigm in this markedly rural community. We are inspiring and supporting alternative ways of creating conservation areas and job opportunities, engaging the community in doing so while taking care of their natural resources.

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationBiodiversityGreenfield land and natural space
Water resources and air qualityClimate changePublic space
Social 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
  • 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
"LUCIOLE project" : Urban light optimised for the environment
City/Region : City of Lille , France

Outdoor night time lighting is very present in urban spaces. It’s a major part of ecological disruption and it negatively impacts fauna and flora.

LUCIOLE project aims to limit the impact of light pollution on bats, moths, and the nocturnal insects they feed on. This black network includes a 13-hectare perimeter within a larger biodiversity area of 40 hectares, which will be equipped with a public lighting system that is designed to facilitate the animal travel that traditional lighting impedes. This innovative project has benefited from European Union support, as a part of the ERDF "Nature in the City" program.

Agendas addressed
BiodiversityGreenfield land and natural spacePublic space
Pathways followed
  • Implement sustainable procurement principles
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
The “Ambassadors of Recovery” network
City/Region : City of Lille , France

As a project at the crossroads of economic and ecological considerations, the “Ambassadors of Recovery” network was created by the end of 2018. It is born just after the organisation of a “gratiferia” (free second hand market) during a participatory weekend entitled “Recovery and circular economy”, which took place from 23 to 24 November 2018. At the heart of the reflection was the willing of the City of Lille to get all the inhabitants involved in environmental public policies.

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
CooperACTion - ACT in Green
Organisation : CooperACTiva , Italy

CooperACTiva aims to build  a socially and economically sustainable business model based on the heritage district of Centocelle, in order to support the development of the Alessandrino, Centocelle and Torre Spaccata neighborhoods. It aims to ensure, through synergies among the community’s activities, that the district of Centocelle is preserved and that the local community can perceive the area as rich of resources and culture and not as a problem. To facilitate the development of the services, the creation of trust and a sense of community is essential. Hence, the community is the main actor while ensuring that the heritage value is valorized.

Agendas addressed
Urban mobilityGreenfield land and natural spacePublic space
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
  • 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
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
Making Women Visible: Walking in Another Nicosia
Organisation : Center for Gender Equality and History , Cyprus

The goal is to make social and material interventions into the urban space and landscape of Nicosia, aiming to make women's contribution and history visible. Initially, a series of alternative historical walks take place in the city, focusing on women's (in)visibility in the urban landscape. The walks are free and operate as means of a structured dialogue between the team and the participants–coming from different groups living in the city–aiming to construct a plan for interventions and strategically implement them. The aim is to transform the urban space, from a space of women's devaluation into a space of fair recognition.

Agendas addressed
Public spaceSocial inclusion and integration
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
Open Air Theatre of Tirana (Amphitheatre)
City/Region : Tirana , Albania

The Open air Theatre is located within the lungs of the city, in the Grand Lake of Tirana. 400 Artists performed during its opening event in 2018, in turn transforming this public space into one of the most important socio-cultural engines of the city.

Build in 1973, concepted from the first Albanian woman architect Valentina Pistoli in 1957, it was left to deteriorate after the 90s. The old amphitheatre was restored, and so were the memories of citizens. “We don't just make infrastructure, bricks, concrete, lighting, we actually build a stage for memories in this city,” says Mayor Erion Veliaj.

Agendas addressed
Public spaceSocial inclusion and integrationLocal economies and employment
Pathways followed
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Nurture a sharing economy
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
  • Create and close local value chains
  • Implement sustainable procurement principles
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
Fore fronting innovative and sustainable buildings and city development
City/Region : Drammen municipality , Norway

The application is based on Drammen municipality’s effort/initiative to produce sustainable municipal buildings, and zero emission neighbourhoods, mainly through the Futurebuilt programme. The Futurebuilt programme is a local Norwegian initiative to support climate-friendly urban development through innovative pilot projects, and to inspire and change practices in both the private and public sector. The pilot projects are set to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transport, energy and material consumption by a minimum of 50 percent. Drammen was the first municipality to join Futurebuilt, and as such, is crucial to the start-up of this programme. 

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationUrban mobilityClimate change
Public spaceHousingSocial inclusion and integration
Pathways followed
  • Ensure equal access to municipal services
  • 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
Famagusta Avenue Garage
City/Region : Deryneia Municipality , Cyprus

“Famagusta Avenue Garage” is a bi-communal space in Famagusta avenue in Deryneia Municipality, Cyprus, next to the crossing point between the two sides, to be used from both communities for common actions, innovation, gatherings and events. Formally a car mechanic garage, a local family donated the unused space towards community use. The aim is to make it functional, so as to host as many events as possible and showcase to the greater public the potential and dream of a community space for innovation, trust building, collaboration, creativity, entrepreneurship, dialogue, learning, food & drink, networking and entertainment, knowledge and experience sharing.

Agendas addressed
Public spaceSocial inclusion and integration
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Nurture a sharing economy
Support of active groups and the integration of weaker citizens into society
City/Region : Dačice , Czech Republic

Our transformative action focuses on the equal access of all citizens - regardless of their age, religious, ethnic  or gender - in city life. We try to engage all groups of population in our city events, first of all active citizens in different voluntary and non – profit groups. Our municipality supports those groups financially, promotionally and provides consultancy as free services. Another part of our action is the integration of weaker, disabled, older or anyway threatened citizens into town society, for example to find work for them or guarantee special social services for them in order to empower them. 

Agendas addressed
Social inclusion and integration
Pathways followed
  • Ensure equal access to municipal services
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
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