8. Event News
Green roofing and climate proofing at first European Urban Green Infrastructure Conference
The European Urban Green Infrastructure Conference, the biggest annual event on urban green infrastructure, will take place from 23 - 24 November 2015, in Vienna (Austria). Organised by GREEN4CITIES and Living Roofs Enterprises, the event will bring together Europe’s leading policy makers, urban planners, developers, contractors, city architects, builders, manufacturers, community groups, utility companies and NGOs. Download the programme for a preview of its diverse sessions, designed to optimise discussion and exchange.
ICLEI will chair a working group on economic benefits and financing of urban green infrastructure across Eastern and Western European cities in cooperation with CEEWeb for Biodiversity, a network of non-governmental organisations in Central and Eastern Europe and co-moderators of the European Learning Alliance as part of the GREEN SURGE project.
ICLEI members are entitled to a discount on the conference fee for EUGIC 2015. Members can register at a discount by registering through Eventbrite via the EUGIC 2015 website, choosing the “Special Fee for members of selected associations”. Under "Registration Type & Tax Receipt Information: Company / Organisation", simply enter ICLEI.
For more information, visit urbangreeninfrastructure.org.
Smart cities a hot topic at Berlin conference
How can we make the vision of a sustainable, adaptable and liveable city a reality? This is the key question to be answered at the Urban Futures Conference, which will be taking place in Berlin (Germany) from 25 - 26 November 2015. ‘Lighthouse’ and ‘Follower’ cities within the GrowSmarter project will share their experiences of implementing integrated smart solutions to tackle social and environmental challenges in a number of sessions over the three days.
Project coordinator Gustaf Landahl will be joined by colleagues from other major European Smart City projects at a high-level session to discuss the smart city agenda. GrowSmarter ‘Lighthouse’ city Cologne (Germany) will present its experiences in planning for innovation, while the five ‘Follower’ cities will discuss, together with ICLEI Europe, roadmaps for replicating smart solutions. ICLEI Europe Deputy Regional Director Holger Robrecht will moderate a session exploring the potential tensions between urban life and innovation.
This conference is geared towards community representatives, municipal companies, solution and service providers, academics and political representatives alike, and will showcase overarching perspectives and approaches for the future development of the 21st-century city.
For more information, visit the Urban Futures website.
TAP Pavilion invites cities and regions at COP21 to attend
As international climate change negotiations proceed at COP21, local and regional climate action will be in the spotlight at the Cities & Regions Pavilion – TAP2015. As the central point for the local level at COP21, the Cities & Regions Pavilion invites mayors, governors, municipal leaders, civil society leaders, businesses and financiers to engage in lively exchanges on accelerating local and regional climate action in advance of a binding agreement on a new international climate regime. European cities can avail of daily briefings on the progress of the negotiations within the pavilion, including analysis from ICLEI experts.
At the heart of the Pavilion are daily regional “TAP Time” sessions, where selected representatives of cities and regions will present their ambitious, inclusive and cross-cutting projects from the Transformative Actions Program (TAP). During the two weeks, projects from Europe, Latin America, North America, Africa, India, China, Southeast Asia and Oceania will be highlighted. Events will be held of particular interest to European cities, including two sessions focusing on the role of local and regional authorities in supporting community-led energy projects. The sessions will take place in the framework of the CO-POWER project and will focus on challenges and barriers, as well as success stories, in the ongoing transition to renewably sourced energy at the local level.
On UNFCCC Action Day on 5 December sustainable public procurement will be in focus at the Pavilion. ICLEI is organising the first Global Lead Cities Network Summit on sustainable public procurement, followed by a session led by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute (KEITI) on the 10-year Framework Program.
For more information, visit the TAP website.
Informed Cities Forum 2016 to look at transitioning to urban sustainability
The 5th edition of the Informed Cities Forum will take place in Dresden (Germany) from 16-17 June 2016, bringing together urban leaders and changemakers from across Europe. As an urban area that has consistently rebuilt itself following political and natural crises, Dresden is the natural choice to host. Participants at the event will represent different sectors and perspectives, allowing for a rich learning experience and exciting debates.
Building on the discussions held in Rotterdam (The Netherlands), the 2016 edition will address some of the most pressing questions when it comes to urban sustainability transitions: How to increase the pace of change and yet leave no one behind? How to find allies and where to look for them? And how to bridge different worldviews and deal with conflicts?
As well as local and national government representatives, researchers and experts, the forum will also invite artists and educators, activists and business representatives. Participation is free of charge and registration will open in November 2015. The 5th Informed Cities Forum is organised by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, and DRIFT, on behalf of all partners of the ARTS project consortium.
For more information, visit the official website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.