1. ICLEI member news
ICLEI member Koprinivca wins the European Mobility Week Award 2008
Participant of European Mobility Week (EMW) since 2002, ICLEI member city Koprinivca (Croatia) received the European Mobility Award 2008 from the European Commissioner for Environment, Stavros Dimas, on 13 February 2008.
This Award was created to reward local authorities' activities in the framework of the EMW, which aims at encouraging citizens to change their travel behaviour and shift to more sustainable modes of transport.
Koprinivca made its urban areas more sustainable by promoting soft transport modes, such as walking and cycling. It also launched a three year programme called 'Streets for People' which will work towards making the city accessible to all, promoting new alternative fuels for public transport vehicles and reallocating road space to non-motorised traffic.
For more information on the event, click here.
To visit the European Mobility Week website: www.mobilityweek.eu
ICLEI & CCP cities beacons in tackling climate change
Four European CCP (ICLEI'S Cities for Climate Protection Campaign) and ICLEI cities have recently been awarded with the beacon status for tackling climate change: Woking Borough Council (CCP participant and ICLEI member), Middlesborough Council (CCP participant), Worcestershire County Council (CCP participant) and the City of London (ICLEI member).
The Beacon Scheme is a prestigious award scheme that recognises excellence in local government. It was set up to disseminate best practice across local government. Themes are selected for each round of the scheme by government ministers.
Learn more about the Beacon Scheme here.
ICLEI member city Tatabánya commits to climate protection
New ICLEI Member Tatabánya (Hungary) has developed the first Hungarian local climate change strategy. Its development was supported by a local climate group and researchers of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The strategy includes priorities, short-and long-term plans, and concrete steps to be taken by the city management.
Together with four other Hungarian cities, it has also formed an Alliance of Climate Friendly Settlements. The local work plan for 2008 includes setting up a carbon offset system with a pre-set menu of carbon offsetting opportunities. Local companies and all other stakeholders are invited to use the benefits of this system, thus contributing to the implementation of the climate strategy.
An extensive environmental educational campaign has also been launched, as well as an Energy Championship in all public institutions of the city. In addition, the basic statutes of climate friendly preschools and schools in Hungary are also being developed.