8. Event News
Launch of new urban green infrastructure network
A new international network specialised in urban green infrastructure and bio-cultural diversity will provide a peer exchange platform for planners, practitioners and other experts in the field, particularly those working with local governments, to exchange knowledge with their counterparts across Europe. Participants also receive top-notch information related to boosting green urban grids. Those interested in joining the Learning Alliance can do so online.
The new network will be launched at the upcoming event primarily aimed at local governments, ’Green Infrastructure for and with Citizens: How can Local Governments Make it Happen?’ which will focus on how to govern and maintain green infrastructure in cities in a participatory way. It will take place in Mundo B in Brussels (Belgium) on 13 October 2015.
The event is organised by ICLEI on behalf of GREEN SURGE, a European Commission funded project that links urban green spaces to the people around them. The project is producing evidence on how green spaces and biodiversity are interconnected with a host of issues crucial to local sustainable development: from housing costs and land use questions to public health and demographic changes.
For more information, visit the GREEN SURGE events page.
Cities and regions investing in the Energy Union
Through engaging and committing to initiatives such as the Covenant of Mayors and the Compact of Mayors, cities across Europe are showing leadership in fostering sustainable development, reducing dependence on fossil fuels, and driving the low-carbon economy agenda. Local authorities are ideally positioned to facilitate the roll-out of policies and planning for the energy transition at local level, while supporting consumers to better participate in markets.
Often a lack of technical and financial capacity, and of a clear legal framework, hinders local authorities from fully engaging and creating local added-value for their communities. This event, taking place on 14 October 2015 during the Open Days in Brussels (Belgium), aims to share solutions and inspiration, and provide insight into communities' increasingly important role in sustainable energy. The event will discuss how to spur low carbon investments to implement climate policies, as well as the generating of local employment through utilising Structural and Cohesion Funds and innovative financing models involving citizens and business participation.
The event will be followed by a one and a half hour networking session during which the Mayors in Action and 50000&1SEAPs projects will present best practices. Registration will remain open until 28 September.
To register for the event, visit the Open Days website.
Vienna conference offers discount to ICLEI members
ICLEI members can avail of a reduced fee when registering for the European Urban Green Infrastructure Conference, set to take place in Vienna (Austria) from 23 - 24 November 2015. The conference will look at ways to improve the sustainability of Europe’s building stock, and will showcase the impressive work being done in the Austrian capital through study tours. The conference language will be English.
The event will put a particular emphasis on the role of people, business, and technology in developing and supporting green infrastructure, and will explore how a greener building stock can improve quality of life, reduce harmful emissions, and provide new business opportunities.
Policy makers, urban planners, developers, contractors, city architects, builders, manufacturers, community groups, utility companies and NGOs are all expected to attend the event. To avail of the reduced ticket price, ICLEI members should select “special Fee for members of selected associations” when registering online.
For more information, visit the conference website.