8. Event News
Training sessions on OPTIMUS energy tool to take place in three cities
Three cities from across Europe will host a series of training sessions on the recently launched OPTIMUS energy optimisation tool. The trainings will take place in the cities that piloted the tool: Sant Cugat (Spain) on 31 May, Zaanstad (The Netherlands) on 7 June, and Savona (Italy) on 6 July.
Experts working on the OPTIMUS project, funded under the European Union’s FP7 programme, have developed a tool designed to optimise energy use in buildings, titled the OPTIMUS Decision Support System (DSS). The DSS is intended to help local authorities save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fulfil energy targets.
The training sessions in the three pilot cities will explore different European municipal strategies and experiences in energy management and policy, including the impacts of different national frameworks. It will also provide the opportunity to hear first-hand how the OPTIMUS DSS worked in practice. The trainings are open to energy and facility mangers of public authorities, decision makers, and other relevant stakeholders. Some travel and accommodation reimbursement is available, if needed.
For more information, visit the OPTIMUS website.
20th B@S to look at what Sustainable Development Goals mean for cities
The 20th edition of the Breakfast at Sustainability's (B@S) series will take place on 2 June 2016 in Brussels (Belgium), focusing on what the universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) mean for European cities and how can citizens and grassroots initiatives can help to implement them. The session, titled “European Cities and Citizens delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals” will be held in the broader framework of the European Sustainable Development Week.
Despite the stand-alone goal on sustainable cities within the SDGs, urban experts agree that all 17 SDGs are relevant for cities. Initiatives like the recently adopted Basque Declaration suggest cities and citizens have to engage on the ground if the future is to be sustainable.
Following an EU policy overview, discussions will focus on examples of transformative and replicable actions coming from sub-national governments and civil society organisations. The meeting is organised by ICLEI in association with the EESC's Sustainable Development Observatory and the Heinrich Böll Foundation. Registration is open until 30 May.
To register, click here.
ICLEI Europe teaming up with Stockholm for Building Sustainability SGBC 2016
The Nordic countries´ largest conference on sustainable urban development – Building Sustainability SGBC 2016 – hosted in partnership with World GBC Congress Sweden, is gearing up to take place on 18 -19 October. This conference will be held at the Stockholm Waterfront, one of Sweden´s most versatile and sustainable venues.
Bringing together key actors involved in making sustainability an urban reality, the conference will host sustainability experts, business representatives, architects and a wide range of decision-makers. The conference will focus on how the built environment can contribute to sustainable living and a more stable climate, and will address topics including smart cities, climate adaptation, urban development and energy efficiency.
Organised by the City of Stockholm and Sweden Green Building Council in conjunction with the World Green Building Council Congress, with C40 and ICLEI as supporting partners, the conference will primarily be conducted in English. Early bird registration rates are available until 30 June. The event is one of this year's biggest forums and sources of inspiration for managing large-scale investments in planning and building sustainable offices, housing, and cities.
For more information, visit buildingsustainability16.com.