1. ICLEI member news
Greater London Authority joins ICLEI's Procura+ Campaign
The Greater London Authority (GLA) Group has recently joined the Procura+ Campaign, an initiative designed to help support public authorities across Europe in implementing Sustainable Procurement - and help promote their achievements.
In June 2006, the GLA Group adopted a new Sustainable Procurement Policy, which made a clear statement of the group's commitment to adopting responsible procurement practices. It was also agreed and implemented across the Greater London Authority, Transport for London, the London Development Agency, London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority and the Metropolitan Police Authority / Service, collectively known as the GLA Group. The GLA group - which invests over £3 billion each year in goods, works and services - uses its procurement to London's best advantage.
For more information on the GLA Group, visit www.london.gov.uk/london_group.jsp.
For more information on the Procura+ Campaign, visit www.procuraplus.org.
Australian Councillor visits ICLEI European Secretariat
On Monday 28 April, Councillor Tim Rodgers, former mayor of ICLEI member Mornington Peninsula Shire (Australia), visited the ICLEI European Secretariat in Freiburg to learn about climate adaptation in Europe.
A passionate advocate for the environment, Councillor Rodgers attended the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali in December 2007, and was awarded the 2007 Macarthur Management Services Fellowship to learn more about climate change adaptation measures around the world. His visit in Freiburg was a stopover in his European tour of best practice cities working in favour of climate adaptation.
For more information about Mornington Peninsula Shire
and the city's actions in favour of environment, visit www.mornpen.vic.gov.au.
YOUTH project: young people get involved in urban transport
The "Youngsters Overhaul today's Urban Transport Habits" (YOUTH project) is a platform for young people in the age of 10 - 18 to participate in the current debate of urban transport habits, the ongoing energy crisis and environmental problems all over Europe.
With this project, young people have their say about renewable and energy efficiency in transport. In ICLEI member cities Berlin (Germany) and Rotterdam (the Netherlands) as well as in Bucharest (Romania) and Gdynia (Poland), they participate with ideas and recommendations to local transport policies and urban development.
YOUTH aims to change attitudes and habits of young people and to involve them as promoters and campaigners for renewable energy and energy efficiency in their neighbourhoods. Politicians and administrations are also expected to realise their recommendations in a process of urban transport planning, as far as possible.
For more information, visit www.youth-project.eu.