2. ICLEI Member News
Yerevan Municipality to run environmental education classes
The Natural Environment and Me is a new extracurricular environmental education course that will soon be run by ICLEI member Yerevan Municipality (Armenia) in collaboration with the American University of Armenia (AUA) for middle and high school students. The new programme encourages students to develop a broad understanding and appreciation of local, regional, and global environmental issues.
The initiative will engage students in structured discussion on recycling, waste management, energy, cities, agriculture, natural resources, and biodiversity. The adaptable format of The Natural Environment and Me allows schools to develop the programme to suit the needs of their students and can include field trips, hands-on community activities and the formation of eco-clubs with ongoing activities. Initially six schools in Yerevan Municipality will be participating in the programme, with 15 – 20 students from each invited to join the voluntary after-school programme.
For more information, visit the Yerevan Municipality website.
Ludwigsburg wins German Sustainability Award
ICLEI member Ludwigsburg (Germany) has taken first place in the medium-sized cities category of the German Sustainability Awards. The awards, endorsed by the German Federal Government, business associations, UNESCO and UNICEF, recognise outstanding commitments to sustainability.
Through the award, cities and towns, companies, buildings and construction projects, and research projects are acknowledged, while achievements in ecological, social and humanitarian, and economic dimensions are affirmed. The award, presented for the seventh time this year, has become the national award for sustainability excellence in Germany, and one of the most prestigious sustainability awards in Europe.
For more information, visit the German Sustainability Awards website.
Bristol becomes 500th reporting city of carbonn Climate Registry
Announced at the Lima Dialogues, a side event of the 20th session of the annual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conferences (UNFCCC COP20/CMP10), the City of Bristol (United Kingdom) has become the 500th reporting city of the carbonn Climate Registry (cCR) – the world’s leading reporting platform for local and subnational climate action. Bristol, the European Green Capital 2015, and the first UK city to report into cCR, joins the growing list of pioneering cities and numerous ICLEI members that have embraced leadership and responsibility in addressing climate change.
“Bristol aims to cut emissions by 40 percent by 2020. We’ve already cut emissions by 20 percent since the base date of 2005,” said George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol. “Over 50,000 Bristolians are already involved with green initiatives as we prepare for our year as Britain’s first European Green Capital in 2015. We are proud of our reputation as a national and international leader when it comes to sustainable actions and we hope to influence the wider international community to do much more.”
Partnered by ICLEI, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), cCR is the world’s leading reporting platform to enhance transparency, credibility and accountability for local and subnational climate action.
For more information, visit the carbonn Climate Registry website.
City of Freiburg to publish first sustainability report
The City of Freiburg (Germany) will soon publish its first Sustainability Report, a 100-page document that determines which urban activities contribute to sustainability goals, how financial resources are used, and what actions are available to further drive sustainable urban development. The ICLEI member has developed structures and instruments for sustainability monitoring to focus urban actions towards sustainability principles. The document will be released in conjunction with the 2015 – 2016 double budget.
Dieter Salomon, the Mayor of Freiburg, has stated that combining finance and sustainability reporting has the capacity for more comprehensive municipal actions, and is unique nationwide. He also defined sustainability in the context of Freiburg and other small cities and towns as a combination of ecological responsibility, economic growth and life quality. In order to connect sustainability goals with the new municipal budget, Freiburg’s Regional Council has selected five focal sectors and named six associated departments: children/youth & family; property and housing; social affairs and senior citizens; forestry and parks; civil engineering; and personnel.
For more information, visit the City of Freiburg website [in German].