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ICLEI in Europe News
September 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!

You can also read these news articles and find more information on the topics at www.iclei-europe.org.

Don't hesitate to send your news and information to information.services@iclei.org.

  1. Are digital solutions the future of urban governance?
  2. ICLEI Member News
  3. Local Renewables Conference is less than one month away
  4. New York City moves to divest: First in-depth case study on the fossil fuel divestment decision
  5. Rural communities invited to showcase their heritage-led rural regeneration work
  6. EcoProcura 2018 to collaborate with TCO Certified
  7. Only three weeks left to apply for the European Green Capital and European Green Leaf Awards
  8. Monika Zimmermann, former Deputy Secretary General of ICLEI, sets her sights on new challenges after 25 years at ICLEI
  9. EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK 2018: Mixing transport modes to improve quality of life
  10. Cities to unveil new ways to plan for climate change at Brussels conference
  11. EcoProcura 2018 to dare participants to do things differently
  12. Event News
  13. Event Calendar

            1. Are digital solutions the future of urban governance?

            Changing technology is shifting the way European cities operate. Increasingly, local governments are embracing the possibilities of digital tools and platforms to expand local democracy. From opening up city data to participatory budgeting, creating online forums for citizen feedback to e-petitions, digital governance offers a range of new ways for local governments to directly connect with citizens. As with any innovation in the digital realm, there are potentially serious drawbacks that subtract from the idealised potential. To explore these issues, the Informed Cities conference series will hold the event "Opening up the smart city: Open governance, data and people" from 7 – 8 November in Vienna (Austria).

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

            Barcelona launches city’s first annual sustainable public procurement plan

            ICLEI Member Barcelona (Spain) launched their first annual sustainable public procurement plan in April of this year. The plan communicates the objectives of what the municipal authority, as a whole, must achieve. Some priorities for this year are that the level of usage of recycled paper reaches 90 percent; 90 percent of wood purchases have guarantees of a sustainable origin (100 percent for tropical wood); and the percentage of low emission vehicles used by the municipal fleet doubles.

            For more information, click here.
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            Ghent wins Bold Measure Award at the 2018 CIVITAS Awards

            The winners of the 2018 CIVITAS Awards were recently revealed during an award ceremony in Umeå (Sweden). This year’s “Bold Measure Award”, which is given to the city that adopts a daring and innovative approach that has not been widely implemented yet, was given to ICLEI Member Ghent (Belgium). Ghent was honored for their Traffic Management as a Service (TMaaS) platform; a modular platform  that  collects  urban  mobility  data  from  stakeholders and  service  providers and  displays them  on  a  single dashboard. Developed together with the government, industry and universities, the concept is ideal for future traffic centers in small - and medium - sized cities.

            For more information, click here.
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            Bologna, Ghent and Tirana shortlisted for 2018 Transformative Action Award

            The shortlisted candidates for the 2018 Transformative Action Award were revealed today at the URBACT Festival in Lisbon (Portugal). The award, which is co-organised by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the Basque Country and the City of Aalborg (Denmark), rewards current or concluded Transformative Actions that address the pathways of the Basque Declaration related to three categories: socio-cultural, socio-economic, and technological transformation. From a strong field of 40 applications, the following actions were shortlisted: the City of Bologna (Italy), for entering into collaborative pacts with their citizens in order to increase civic engagement and regenerate urban commons, the City of Ghent (Belgium), for seeking to transform the city's local food system through participative governance models, and the City of Tirana (Albania), for increasing urban green space around the city to counteract urban sprawl.

            For more information, click here.
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            3. Local Renewables Conference is less than one month away

            In less than one month the 9th Local Renewables Conference will open its doors. The conference is the ideal opportunity to engage in high-level discussions on the urban transition to a circular economy and its link to the energy transition with international cities, researchers, energy experts and financing institutions. The conference hosts five plenary sessions and four breakout sessions, which are organised in cooperation with several European and international projects (THERMOS, INCOVER, WinWind, Biovoices, CapaCITIES) to provide their experiences and best practices to enhance discussions. The conference programme also includes four Study Tours in the host cities of Basel (Switzerland) and Freiburg (Germany).

            For more information, click here.
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            4. New York City moves to divest: First in-depth case study on the fossil fuel divestment decision

            For New York City (USA), fossil fuels are no longer the future. On 10 January 2018, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city would divest its pension funds from fossil fuel interests within five years. With the largest municipal pension fund in the USA, valued at $194 billion, this move positions New York City at the centre of the fossil fuel divestment movement. Divestment has gained momentum over the past decade. Around 150 cities across the world, from Berlin (Germany) to Dunedin (New Zealand), have made similar commitments. New York City’s fossil fuel divestment announcement follows more than a decade of aggressive climate action. Guiding its climate and sustainability programme is One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City, known as OneNYC.

            For more information, click here.
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            5. Rural communities invited to showcase their heritage-led rural regeneration work

            Rural communities are invited to join the RURITAGE project as role models, to demonstrate how they used cultural and natural heritage to regenerate their areas. RURITAGE (rural regeneration through systemic heritage-led strategies) is a heritage-led rural regeneration project which seeks to transform rural areas into laboratories for sustainable development, building on the enhancement of their unique cultural and natural heritage potential. Rural areas can apply by submitting good practices they have been implementing in their territories. The call is open until 31 October 2018 and is open to rural communities from both EU Member States and non-EU countries.

            For more information, click here.
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            6. EcoProcura 2018 to collaborate with TCO Certified

            EcoProcura 2018 is proud to announce that it will collaborate with TCO Certified on its 2018 conference on sustainable, circular and innovation procurement, which is taking place 3-5 October in Nijmegen (The Netherlands). TCO Certified is a global sustainability certification for IT products, founded over 25 years ago. It sets criteria on such things as socially responsible manufacturing, environment, user health, safety and ergonomic design. During the conference, TCO Certified will host the Breakout Session, High risk category procurement — increase supply chain sustainability through purchasing.

            For more information, click here.
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            7. Only three weeks left to apply for the European Green Capital and European Green Leaf Awards

            With only three weeks left before applications close, don’t miss your opportunity to apply for the European Green Capital and European Green Leaf Awards. The European Green Capital Award (EGCA), now in its eleventh year, is awarded annually to a European city of over 100,000 inhabitants that has shown itself to be a leader in environmental, social and economic sustainability. The winner of the 2021 award will receive €350,000 to kick-start its year as a European Green Capital. The European Green Leaf Award (EGLA) is open to towns and cities with between 20,000 and 100,000 inhabitants, to recognise and promote their efforts towards better environmental management and outcomes. The winner of the 2020 award will receive €75,000 to support its activities throughout its European Green Leaf year. 

            For more information, click here.
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            8. Monika Zimmermann, former Deputy Secretary General of ICLEI, sets her sights on new challenges after 25 years at ICLEI

            As of September 2018, Monika Zimmermann has stepped down from her position as Deputy Secretary General of ICLEI. From organizing the Municipal Leaders Summit on Climate Change in 1993 to acting as the Deputy Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director of the ICLEI World Secretariat, Monika dedicated more than 25 years to building ICLEI into the organization that it is today: a leading global network comprised of hundreds of staff and more than 1,500 local and regional governments worldwide.
            Monika has been a strong advocate for sustainable urban development and localization of global sustainability goals, and her strategic thinking, technical expertise and organizational implementation have helped advance the field.

            For more information, click here.
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            9. EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK 2018: Mixing transport modes to improve quality of life

            The European Commission launched for the 17th time EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK, its flagship campaign that runs from 16–22 September annually with the aim to improve quality of life by promoting clean mobility and sustainable urban transport. Over 2,700 towns and cities from 54 countries held events to mark this year’s celebration, giving people the opportunity to explore the role of mobility in their daily lives and to experiment with clean transport modes. EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK culminated in the trademark car-free day.

            For more information, click here.
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            10. Cities to unveil new ways to plan for climate change at Brussels conference

            How do you plan for the unknown? Cities are one of the top contributors to climate change worldwide, and they are also the areas hit hardest by the extreme weather, pressure on infrastructure and unpredictable disasters triggered by the changing climate. Four cities, Bilbao (Spain), Bratislava (Slovakia), Greater Manchester (United Kingdom) and ICLEI Member Paris (France), have been working with researchers and ICLEI Europe since 2015 to develop new methods to adapt to climate change. These cities have gone beyond reacting to the effects that we are seeing across Europe: brown parks, water shortages and shocking storms, and are planning for long-term uncertainty decades in advance.

            For more information, click here.
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            11. EcoProcura 2018 to dare participants to do things differently

            EcoProcura 2018, the international conference on sustainable, strategic, circular and innovation procurement, will take place next week, 3-5 October, in European Green Capital Nijmegen (The Netherlands) and will dare participants to do things differently. The conference, which is now celebrating its tenth anniversary, will take place in conjunction with the Dutch National Annual Sustainable Procurement Conference (MVI Congress) and is organised by the City of Nijmegen, ICLEI, the European Commission, the Dutch Ministry for Infrastructure and Water Management, and PIANOo - the Dutch public procurement expertise center.

            For more information, click here.
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            12. Event News


            EU Regions Week to see strong ICLEI representation


            On Tuesday, 9 October 2018, ICLEI is organising the conference “Climate Resilient Cities and Infrastructures 2018”. The cities of Bratislava (Slovakia), Bilbao (Spain), Paris (France) and Greater Manchester (UK) will share new tools and methods they have co-created for adapting to climate change at the local level.

            On Wednesday 10 October, 09:30-11:00 (CET), ICLEI will moderate a strategic dialogue and a networking session on "Heat Synergy Regions as driver of integrated territorial development" in conjunction with the Heat Roadmap Europe energy project as part of the official programme of the EWRC.

            On Thursday, 11 October, 09:30-13:00 (CET) the 1st ENABLE Stakeholder Dialogue “Environmentally and socially just and resilient cities – What can blue and green infrastructure offer?” will provide an opportunity to share experiences on embedding green and blue infrastructure in urban planning and development and ensuring equitable distribution of the multiple benefits.

            For more information, click here.

            13. Event Calendar


            10th EcoProcura Conference - Sustainable, Circular and Innovation Procurement
              3-5 October 2018 – Nijmegen (The Netherlands)


            Climate Resilient Cities and Infrastructures 2018
            9 October 2018 – Brussels (Belgium)


            Heat Synergy Regions as driver of integrated territorial development
            10 October 2018 – Brussels (Belgium)


            Environmentally and socially just and resilient cities – What can blue and green infrastructure offer?
            11 October 2018 – Brussels (Belgium)


            Local Renewables Conference 2018: Urban transformation to a Circular Economy
            24-26 October 2018 – Freiburg (Germany) and Basel (Switzerland)


            6th Informed Cities Forum
            7-8 November 2018 – Vienna (Austria)


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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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