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ICLEI in Europe News
August 2018 www.iclei-europe.org

Dear Members, Partners and Friends of ICLEI,

We are pleased to send you the latest news on ICLEI in Europe and our partners for urban sustainability!

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  1. Towns and cities to showcase the benefits of mixing transport modes
  2. ICLEI Member News
  3. The earth has used up all resources for 2018
  4. 2018 Transformative Action Award receives record number of entries
  5. Feedback sought for draft action plan from the EU Climate Adaptation Partnership
  6. ICLEI publishes report on urban resilience and adaptation
  7. Cities invited to provide feedback on draft action plan on Nature-Based Solutions
  8. Applications period open for Covenant Cities in the Spotlight award
  9. Academy for Nature-Based Solutions launched during EU-Brazil dialogue
  10. Event News
  11. Event Calendar

            1. Towns and cities to showcase the benefits of mixing transport modes

            Europeans love variety – in food, in fashion, in music – so why is it that when it comes to transport we often stick to one mode? This year’s EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK, taking place from 16 – 22 September, encourages participants to explore the many different options available for getting from A to B, and to think about the mode that best suits their particular journey. Many people instinctively opt for the same method of transport when moving around without necessarily examining the needs of the specific journey. EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2018 is focusing on ‘multimodality’ - the mixing of transport modes within the same journey or for different trips.

            To read the full article, click here.
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            2. ICLEI Member News

            Dutch ICLEI Members launch action plans on sustainable procurement

            ICLEI’s Dutch Member cities Nijmegen, Rotterdam, Tilburg and Utrecht are among the 150 governmental bodies in The Netherlands that have formally agreed to implement green and socially responsible procurement in their organisations. The agreement is in line with the Dutch Manifesto on Socially Responsible Procurement, which was launched in December 2016. As signatories to the manifesto, the cities have established individual local action plans on sustainable procurement. The plans cover three main areas: how sustainable procurement can be used to meet policy goals, how plans are internally organised to include the entire organisation, and the procurement instruments which will be addressed.

            For more information, click here.
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            Five ICLEI Members shortlisted for Procura+ Awards

            The shortlist of nominees for the 2018 Procura+ Awards was recently announced. The awards, which are organised by the Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement network, reward successful, already running, sustainable and innovative public procurements in three categories: Innovation Procurement of the Year, Sustainable Procurement of the Year, and Procurement Initiative of the Year. Among the nominees are ICLEI Members Copenhagen (Denmark), Cork (Ireland) and Rotterdam (The Netherlands) who are shortlisted in the category of Innovation Procurement of the Year, ICLEI Member Aalborg (Denmark) who is shortlisted in the category of Sustainable Procurement of the Year, and ICLEI Member Barcelona (Spain) who is shortlisted in the category of Procurement Initiative of the Year.

            For more information, click here.
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            Münster named Germany’s most sustainable city

            ICLEI Member Münster was recently announced as the winner of the German Sustainability Award for Cities and Towns 2019 after beating off competition from fellow ICLEI Members Mannheim and Heidelberg. The German Sustainability Award for Cities and Towns is a national award for excellence in sustainability, rewarding the achievements of cities and municipalities of varying sizes. With over 800 applicants, the prize is the largest of its kind in Europe.

            For more information, click here.
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            3. The earth has used up all resources for 2018

            The start of August marked Earth Overshoot Day 2018, the date when humanity has used more ecological resources and services than our planet can renew for this year. Since the event first started, a worrying trend has been observed with Earth Overshoot Day falling on an earlier date almost every year. In 2000, Earth Overshoot Day was celebrated in October, last year the day was celebrated on 2 August. At present we are using the Earth’s ecological resources and services around 1.7 times faster than the earth can reproduce them, or to phrase it alternatively, we are using 1.7 Earths.

            For more information, click here.
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            4. 2018 Transformative Action Award receives record number of entries

            The application deadline for the 2018 Transformative Action Award recently closed, with this year’s award setting a record for the number of applications received. In total, 40 innovative and inspiring Transformative Actions from cities, regions and civil society organisations across Europe were submitted. The award, co-organised by ICLEI, the Basque Country, and the City of Aalborg (Denmark), rewards ongoing or concluded Transformative Actions that use the 15 pathways outlined in the Basque Declaration to bring about the socio-cultural, socio-economic, and technological transformation of societies.

            For more information, click here.
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            5. Feedback sought for draft action plan from the EU Climate Adaptation Partnership

            The draft action plan on climate adaptation from the EU Urban Agenda’s Climate Adaptation Partnership is online and open for public feedback until Friday 17 August 2018. The Climate Adaptation Partnership aims to anticipate the adverse effects of climate change and take appropriate action to prevent or minimise damage to urban areas, with a focus on vulnerability assessments, climate resilience and risk management, including the social dimensions of climate adaptation strategies.

            For more information, click here.
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            6. ICLEI publishes report on urban resilience and adaptation

            The Resilient Cities conference, which took place earlier this year in Bonn (Germany), 26-28 April, recently launched their conference report. The conference, an annual global forum on urban resilience and adaptation, brings together local government leaders and climate adaptation experts to discuss adaptation challenges facing urban environments around the globe. 

            For more information, click here.
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            7. Cities invited to provide feedback on draft action plan on Nature-Based Solutions

            The EU Urban Agenda Partnership on the Sustainable Use of Land and Nature-Based Solutions has launched its draft action plan and is inviting local governments, civil society organisations, national authorities, and academic and financial institutions based in EU Member States to provide their feedback. This consultation is open until 19 September 2018. ICLEI Europe is an active member of the EU Urban Agenda Partnership, which is jointly coordinated by the Polish Ministry of Investment and Economic Development and ICLEI Member Bologna (Italy).

            For more information, click here.
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            8. Applications period open for Covenant Cities in the Spotlight award

            The European Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy is inviting cities to apply for the Covenant Cities in the Spotlight award. The application deadline will close on 15 September 2018. The award, which is now in its tenth year, rewards the local energy and climate action efforts made by the signatories of the Covenant of Mayors, with awards handed out in three categories: small-sized signatory (less than 10,000 inhabitants), medium-sized signatory (10,000 - 250,000 inhabitants) and large-sized signatory (more than 250,000 inhabitants).

            For more information, click here.
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            9. Academy for Nature-Based Solutions launched during EU-Brazil dialogue

            From 9-10 July, Brasília (Brazil) played host to an international seminar on Nature-based Solutions (NBS), which took place as part of the EU-Brazil Sector Dialogue on Nature-based solutions. The seminar brought together European and Brazilian stakeholders from different urban sectors to discuss, share experiences and learn from one another on how to better plan NBS for sustainable urban change. During the seminar, the Connecting Nature project, which seeks to explore the potential of innovative NBS to promote urban resilience via nature-based interventions in European cities, launched its Academy for Nature-based Solutions.

            For more information, click here.
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            10. Event News


            EcoProcura is only 5 weeks away


            The EcoProcura conference is the ideal opportunity to perfect your procurement skills. Learn from experienced procurers on how they overcame setbacks in the Procurement Confessions session and have Disruptors and Game Changers in the field elevate your ability to think strategically. The programme includes Study Tours in Nijmegen (The Netherlands), EcoProcura's host city and the current European Green Capital. They focus on how community-owned renewable energy is powering public authorities from the region, how Nijmegen is achieving policy goals through sustainable buildings, and Radboud University’s innovative and circular clothing procurement plans. The Social Events will provide the ideal setting to connect with peers as you explore the city of Nijmegen. Register before 14 September and benefit from a lower fee!

            For more information, click here.


            Experience Europe's inclusive and multimodal mobility future at CIVITAS Forum 2018


            The importance of transport’s social dimension is becoming increasingly clear - mobility shapes lives and prospects. It is crucial that transport systems are environmentally friendly, inclusive, efficient, and centred on meeting diverse user needs. Yet how can this be accomplished? Under the banner of "Mobility for U and Me", this year's CIVITAS Forum Conference will gather hundreds of policymakers, city representatives, academics, and practitioners in Umeå (Sweden) from 19-21 September to debate this critical question.

            For more information, click here.


            CIVITAS ECCENTRIC to host workshop on replicating sustainable urban mobility measures


            CIVITAS ECCENTRIC, an EU-funded project focused on implementing solutions for low-/zero-emission urban freight logistics and fostering sustainable urban mobility in suburban districts, invites city representatives to join a workshop on replicating sustainable urban mobility measures. The two-day workshop will take place in Stockholm (Sweden), 17-18 September, and will feature input from ECCENTRIC cities Ruse (Bulgaria), Madrid (Spain), Munich (Germany), and Stockholm (Sweden). Participants will also learn about the selection, development, and implementation of sustainable urban mobility measures from cities currently undergoing those processes.

            For more information, click here.


            UrbanWINS webinar to showcase citizens tackling urban waste


            Cities are invited to learn about selecting and implementing innovative circular waste management policies in a webinar titled ‘From citizen participation to local action: How cities pilot circular economy actions to fight urban waste’. The webinar, organised by the UrbanWINS project, will see the cities of Turin (Italy) and Leiria (Portugal) discuss how innovative participatory processes can lead to waste management and prevention actions on the ground. As part of UrbanWINS, both cities have hosted a series of public participation events resulting in three concrete actions to achieve a transition toward more circular cities. The webinar will take place on 12 September, from 15:00 – 16:30 CET.

            For more information, click here.


            THERMOS project to join Local Renewables


            The THERMOS project is partnering with the 9th Local Renewables Conference (24-26 October 2018) and will hold the 2nd THERMOS Inspire event within the framework of the conference. THERMOS will conduct a break out session focusing on key challenges for local authorities when moving to a circular energy model and present some inspiring examples, as well as replicable solutions already in place in THERMOS partner cities Islington (United Kingdom) and Granollers (Spain). The session will introduce the THERMOS project and its open-source thermal energy planning software, which is tailor made for supporting local authorities and other stakeholders to identify viable heat networks on address level and to efficiently plan for the upgrading, refurbishment and expansion of existing heating and cooling network systems.

            For more information, click here.


            Explore how digital tools shape urban governance at the 6th Informed Cities Forum


            Are you looking for new ideas, tools and partners to help you change your city? Join more than 100 urban change-makers from across Europe in Vienna (Austria) for the 6th edition of the Informed Cities Forum. The event will bring together a mix of urban innovators and activists, local government representatives, researchers, entrepreneurs, experts and policy specialists, allowing for a rich learning experience and exciting debates. The 2018 edition of the conference, taking place from 7-8 November, will explore how digital tools and platforms are transforming how we govern our cities, with a particular focus on the smarticipate platform.

            For more information, click here.

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            The ICLEI in Europe newsletter is produced by the European Secretariat of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability. Copies are available on request. Editor: Sean Carroll.

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