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Swedish ICLEI Members join Earth Hour City Challenge
Active participants in ICLEI’s climate campaign, Växjo and Stockholm (Sweden) have joined the pilot phase of the Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC). Cities and towns from Italy, Norway, Sweden, Canada, the United States and India are invited to report on their local climate targets and actions, in particular on low-carbon development and increasing the use of sustainable energy solutions in their communities. An international jury will review these applications later this year, and six national and one Global Earth Hour Capital of the year will be selected. The EHCC aims to demonstrate the leadership role of local governments in the low carbon transition agenda.
ICLEI Europe supports the campaign by reaching out to candidate cities, motivating their registry in the carbonn Cities Climate Registry (cCCR), as the official reporting mechanism for the Challenge. To participate in EHCC local governments need to have completed their first greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory for the community, and to have implemented climate change mitigation actions. All local governments meeting these criteria can enlist, regardless of their size. The deadline to register is 19 November. A video has been produced providing more information on the EHCC.
To inform cities and towns about the Challenge and the cCCR ICLEI and WWF are organising a series of webinars. View the previous session or register for the next webinars taking place on 2 October. ICLEI Europe will also host a webinar in Italian on 9 October. The EHCC is a great opportunity to showcase local climate mitigation action at the international level through a common reporting platform. Engage in this initiative or signal your interest should your country not be included this year – 2013 will offer an expanded version!
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Sustainable eating promoted at London Food Conference
The Good Food for London Conference kicked off in early September and aimed to highlight sustainable food in the British capital. The event saw the launch of the 2012 Good Food for London report, which documents how boroughs are leading the way in increasing the quality and sustainability of food in the ICLEI Member city.
Speakers at the event included Rosie Boycott, Chair of the London Food Board, Tristram Stuart, author of the book Waste, and Jon Walker of Sustainable Fish City who discussed the London Olympic Food Vision, where Olympic organisers took the sustainability of the food used into account. An estimated 14 million sustainable meals were served as a result of this commitment.
The Good Food for London conference was one of the events put on as part of the Urban Food Week. The conference was organised by the London Food Link, a network that promotes ethical and sustainable food.
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Madrid City Council pledges to promote fair trade and sustainable timber in Spanish society
ICLEI Member Madrid (Spain) has joined the 'Madera Justa' campaign, an initiative led by the COPADE Foundation that aims to raise awareness on responsible forest management. Specifically, the campaign promotes public procurement and consumption of Fair Trade products in Spanish society, as well as FSC-certified paper and timber products, ensuring that logging operations meet strict environmental, social and economic criteria.
Madrid City Council will be supporting the campaign, having signed a cooperation agreement with COPADE that will see an increase in the City Council's public purchases of fair and sustainable timber products. The agreement underscores the commitment of Madrid City Council for the promotion of responsible consumption and utislisation of the fair trade standard, both within the municipal administration and among economic and social actors, as well as the general public.
The values of the campaign will be highlighted by the council to citizens and businesses. The municipality will also continue to add FSC-certified and Fair Trade products to its municipal contracts and will encourage the presence of organisations dedicated to raising awareness on sustainable timber products in recreational, educational and municipal sports events in the city of Madrid.
For more information, click here [In Spanish].