10. Event News
The way to the future passes through Rotterdam at Informed Cities conference
The City of Rotterdam (The Netherlands) will host the 4th Informed Cities Forum, themed “Which way to the future? Strategies, tools and inspiration for transforming cities” on 26 – 27 March 2015. The forum, organised as a co-production of the ARTS and MUSIC project consortia, will bring together a unique mix of dreamers, thinkers and doers from across Europe representing the public sector, research community, and local initiatives.
The overall aims are to learn from one another, exchange experiences and build new alliances for the radical changes needed to respond to the environmental, economic and social challenges cities face. Drawing on practical experience from a diverse group of European cities, the event will address: identifying and supporting transition initiatives in cities; bringing together stakeholders from different sectors and domains; gathering, sharing and utilising knowledge for sustainability transitions; and moving beyond experiments to mainstream innovative practices.
Rotterdam is a dynamic harbour city known for its appetite for innovation and bold environmental experiments, including its solar-powered floating pavilion and the unique water square urban storage system. Registration for the conference will open in November 2014
For more information, contact email@example.com or visit the Informed Cities website.
Community-energy - Empowering local authorities and their communities
Local decision-makers, planners, local government associations and networks, and energy agencies will take part in an upcoming free workshop addressing the potential for roll-out of community energy in Ireland on 20 November.
The event is one in an ongoing series of mini workshops aimed at local government authorities specific to the host nation. The workshop will feature existing best practice from across the country, as well as the significant barriers that need to be overcome to continue this process. The Dublin event will identify these obstacles and provide insight on themes such as funding, cooperation with community groups, and how local governments can begin the process of developing community-owned renewable energy within their areas.
For more information, download the programme, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Community energy take centre stage at B@S meeting
The role of local and regional authorities in supporting community-led Renewable Energy projects will form the focus of the 16th Breakfast at Sustainability's (B@S) meeting, taking place in Brussels (Belgium) on 25 November 2014. Hosted by the Common Representation of the Alpeuregio (comprising the regions of Tyrol, South Tyrol, and Trentino in Italy), the half-day event will see speakers and participants discuss challenges and barriers, as well as share success stories, in the ongoing transition to renewably sourced energy at the local level.
B@S are small, informal meetings that address topics of sustainable urban development from a local angle. Financing and implementation form core elements of the meetings. Registration is available by contacting email@example.com.
For more information, download the programme.