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Welcome to the 4th edition of the Informed Cities Update!
This newsletter keeps you up to date with the key developments within the Informed Cities initiative, which aims to make research work for local sustainability. The initiative is a European project dedicated to bridging the gap between research and policy-making in sustainable development, with a focus on tools for urban management. The Informed Cities Update is designed for local governments, researchers and other partners interested in advancing urban sustainability.
1 | Informed Cities news
2 | Upcoming events
3 | Improve your local sustainability processes
4 | Recent publications
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1 | INFORMED CITIES NEWS
|It’s time for conclusions!|
In recent months the Informed Cities team has been busy meeting hundreds of local government representatives from all over Europe and collecting data on local sustainability. It was inspiring and encouraging to see how many cities are interested in evaluating and benchmarking their sustainability performance.
|European experience with Local Agenda 21 discussed in Milan|
The participants of the European Roundtable for Local Sustainability met in Milan, Italy, to discuss the history of local sustainability processes in their respective countries, in view of the upcoming UN Rio+20 conference, 4-6 June 2012.
|Researching Urban Europe|
The first Urban Europe Forum workshop was held in June 2011 at COST Office in Brussels, Belgium. The Urban Europe Forum forms an integral part of the newly-established structure of the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) Urban Europe.
2 | UPCOMING EVENTS
|ICLEI European Convention 2011: Cities in Europe 2020 – Enhance Sustainability Now! 12-14 September 2011, Brussels (Belgium)|
How to pursue the appropriate balance between growth and sustainability and deliver low carbon, climate resilient and sustainable cities by 2020? The ICLEI European Convention is set to be a riveting and diverse event with over 20 plenary and parallel sessions, more than 80 speakers, special events, workshops, exhibits, and more.
|Informed Cities Forum 2011: Rio+20, local performance and the role of research 26-27 October 2011, Naples (Italy)|
Thousands of European local governments have signed up to the Aalborg Commitments, the Covenant of Mayors and other local sustainability schemes but what about the results? For local governments to deliver on their commitments, we need more than tools, schemes and frameworks. Can research provide the missing piece of the local sustainability puzzle?
The second Informed Cities Forum will bring together local policy makers, researchers working on urban sustainability and the representatives of the institutions behind the main European local sustainability schemes. Participants will have the opportunity to take stock of the achievements of local governments so far and outline a new vision for local sustainability, in preparation for the UN Rio+20 conference in 2012.
3 | IMPROVE YOUR LOCAL SUSTAINABILITY PROCESSES
In this section you will find profiles of selected urban sustainability tools that will help you improve your local sustainability processes. Interested in presenting your experience with urban sustainability management tools? Would you like your tool to be featured in the next edition of the Informed Cities Update? Contact us at email@example.com
|Toolbox of Methodologies on Climate and Energy for the Covenant of Mayors|
|The ICLEI European Secretariat, in the framework of the Energy for Mayors project, launched an online Toolbox of Methodologies to centralise guidance material for Supporting Structures (SSt) of the Covenant of Mayors (CoM). This innovative toolbox is a growing collection of resources and methodologies and has been developed as part of a support package for organisations that are assisting cities and towns across Europe in developing their CoM Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs). |
"Energy for Mayors" project coordinator, Dario Miroglio of the Province of Genova stresses that "SSt work is complex and we need solutions. The opportunity to easily access a full range of existing tools, methodologies and materials developed by other SSt or organisation can make the difference". The Toolbox addresses the typical steps, as well as different actors and fields of action relevant to SEAP development – from setting targets to monitoring and from financing actions to engaging citizens.
Designed with the user in mind, the toolbox is available in several languages and is a valuable resource for SSt and CoM signatories making the move towards a sustainable energy future. To ensure it is continuously developed, registered users are invited to add other useful tools and methodologies and to give comments and evaluate the guidance material in the Toolbox.
For more information visit www.energyformayors.eu/toolbox or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
|SWITCH your urban water system to prepare for climate change|
Struggling more and more with dwindling water supplies and extreme flooding events? The SWITCH handbook "Adapting urban water systems to climate change" was developed for local decision makers and provides an introduction to the consequences of climate change for urban water systems.
4 | RECENT PUBLICATIONS
In this section you will find our reading recommendations for those interested in local sustainability. We choose publications that are accessible to a broader audience, bold and provocative, both theoretical and practice-oriented. Would you like to see your publication featured in this section? Contact us at email@example.com.
|"Prosperity without Growth: Economics for a finite planet", Tim Jackson|
"The idea that today’s model of consumption-driven economic growth will secure sustainable, equitable and decent lives for 9 billion people between now and 2050 is literally laughable" says Jonathon Porritt, former chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission, and adds: "'Prosperity without growth' is the first book in a long time to go after the complacency and dishonesty that lies at the heart of contemporary politics".
|"Du quartier a la ville durable: Vers un nouveau modele urbain", Antoine Charlot|
Published by Comite21, a French network of actors for sustainable development, this well-documented book advocates progressing from sustainable neighborhoods to sustainable cities. Drawing on examples from all over the world, authors underline the importance of holistic approach, combining urban planning with local policy in the fields of education, employment and social cohesion.
The Informed Cities Initative is funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union under the name PRIMUS – Policies and Research for an Integrated Management of Urban Sustainability.
Published by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, 2011