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Showcasing urban farming using modern cultivation techniques in a public space in Heidelberg
Organisation : Aponix vertical barrel, Heidelberg , Germany

Showcasing soil-less urban farming as an initiator of local food production and distribution combining permaculture activities (will be done by NaBu Germany on the same spot) and modern soilless cultivation methods through citizen engagement/co-creation establishing a local food-network/food hub. The idea is to show technical innovation in an urban hands-on social context and educate citizens about material flows (circular economy principles) and the impact of local food with regard to freshness and varieties (=quality and nutrition) and the difference with regard to the established value chains (mainly through supermarkets) in terms of resource footprint.

Agendas addressed
Public space
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Nurture a sharing economy
  • Create and close local value chains
  • Implement sustainable procurement principles
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
8 Ways Your Roof Can Help Tackle Air Pollution
City/Region : AGARTALA , India

Birds, butterflies and various insects perish as their natural habitat dwindles rapidly. Rooftop plantation will bring back such natural beauty which is no longer seen in the polluted cities of the world.

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationBiodiversityGreenfield land and natural space
Water resources and air qualityClimate change
Pathways followed
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Apply innovative financing approaches
The Westerkwartier’s regional development Co-operative
Organisation : Gebiedscoöperatie Westerkwartier , Netherlands

Through the formulation of a regional development agenda, regional change has started. A change that strengthens the economic, ecological and social possibilities of our region and increases it’s resilience. A change that opens doors for a multi-perspective approach. An approach in which citizens, local companies, local government, the educational system and local research institutes work together towards new innovative solutions for local problems. An approach that leads inevitably to intersectoral, and thus innovative, solutions, while forming new intersectoral relationships, a change in responsibilities, the creation of new business (and business models).

Agendas addressed
Urban mobilityBiodiversityClimate change
Public spaceHousingSocial inclusion and integration
Local economies and employment
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Nurture a sharing economy
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
  • Create and close local value chains
  • Apply innovative financing approaches
  • Implement sustainable procurement principles
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Guarantee equal access to information & digital services
  • Support open data standards
Nightingale project: social mentoring in Tarragona
Organisation : Tarragona - Quilòmetre Zero , Spain

The Nightingale Mentoring concept was born in 1997 in Malmö to facilitate meetings between university students and school children.  Taken from the bird that sings so beautifully when it feels safe, the name  also links to Malmö, the town of Hjalmar Gullberg, the writer for whom the nightingale provided such great inspiration. In Tarragona since 2014 we replicated the project and we have successfully developed it locally. Now, we have 30 couples of university students accompanying migrant or socially vulnerable children.

Agendas addressed
Social inclusion and integration
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
UPCYCLING FOR ENVIRONMENT AND URBAN BIODIVERSITY CARE
Organisation : LlobreGats , Spain

Reuse discarded materials by local administrations, companies or individuals at local green points to pollute less and take care of urban biodiversity.

Agendas addressed
Biodiversity
Pathways followed
  • Nurture a sharing economy
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Accelerate sustainability and innovation through public procurement
Green Living Concept
Organisation : Green Roof Association Serbia , Serbia

The biggest challenge that we faced was the lack of a system to lead the city towards a solution. Therefore, we decided to make an independent system in residential buildings that is called: Green Living Concept. Our guiding principle, is to bring people and nature closer together.

Agendas addressed
BiodiversityClimate changeHousing
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Accelerate sustainability and innovation through public procurement
The blue-green belt of Zarautz
City/Region : Zarautz , Spain

We started working with the initiative "Eraztun Berde-Urdina (EBU)" in December 2009, the basis for the creation of the Green-Blue Belt of Zarautz, when we gave the order to write a project that would improve the conservation of the green areas and the biodiversity of Zarautz. In this project actions (recovery of wetlands, improvement of forests) are being carried out in the areas surrounding the municipality (mainly in those that lack some type of protection). In addition, the project is based on three main objectives:

- Biodiversity and care of the green areas that surround the municipality.

- Give citizens the opportunity to enjoy leisure outdoors and be in contact with nature.

- Publicize the natural resources of Zarautz.

To give the option to enjoy leisure we have trained a circular route of 11 kilometers.

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationUrban mobilityBiodiversity
Greenfield land and natural spaceWater resources and air qualityClimate change
Public space
Pathways followed
  • Ensure equal access to municipal services
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
Mobi Cascais
City/Region : Câmara Municipal de cascais , Portugal

Mobi Cascais is an integrated mobility platform which includes several modes of transportation (train, bus, car-sharing), as well as parking within one single technology platform. The platform, which is exclusive to Cascais,  is used by both visitors and residents and has great potential to be replicated elsewhere.

Mobi Cascais promotes transparent and easy access to public transportation for all citizens and promotes the use of public transportation by facilitating the intermobility between private cars and modes of public transports.

Smart city principles are applied through the merged modes of transportation and parking in one single application which can be accessed on a smartphone or directly in our citizen shops.

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationUrban mobility
Pathways followed
  • Ensure equal access to municipal services
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
Urban DNA
City/Region : Murcia City Hall , Spain

Urban DNA: the next step in integrated and participative urban regeneration & revitalisation, applied in neighbourhoods that have not fully deteriorated yet, but are at risk of worsening and show signs of decline (e.g. degentrification, identity-loss, declining quality of life, insecurity, lesser desirability, physical deterioration, migration problems, etc. and problems associated to “old” neighbourhoods.
The cornerstone of the project being a full scale citizen participation process on many levels through the three phases of identification, agitation and projection/evaluation, using tools like “Urban acupuncture” & “City Labs” to co-create better neighbourhoods for our citizens and increase their overall quality of life.

 

Agendas addressed
Greenfield land and natural spaceWater resources and air qualityPublic space
Social inclusion and integrationLocal economies and employment
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
Kunststoffschmiede. Open Workshop & Development Laboratory for Plastic Recycling
Organisation : Konglomerat e.V. Dresden , Germany

Our goal is to overcome the status quo of linear design, non-recycling waste management and negative public stance towards plastics in favour of a truly sustainable circular economy. The open workshop functions as the basis for our transformative action: It puts the practical action of the individual at the center of things, empowering each participant to be part of the solution to the plastic problem.

Kunststoffschmiede is an integral part of both #Rosenwerk and Precious Plastic. #Rosenwerk is a 600m² self-organised open workshop, fablab and makerspace in Dresden. Precious Plastic is a global network for manual DIY plastic recycling.

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationWater resources and air qualityClimate change
Public spaceLocal economies and employment
Pathways followed
  • Ensure equal access to municipal services
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Nurture a sharing economy
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
  • Create and close local value chains
  • Apply innovative financing approaches
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Support open data standards
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