The Global Learning Forum takes place over three days and the event launches with “Powered by PechaKucha” evening event to showcase the cultural shift to 100% renewable energy in cities. Over the next two days, participants will have access to small group capacity building sessions that are expertly facilitated as well as panel discussions. Outside of the Forum, networking and optional site visits to Vancouver’s cleantech and RE installations will take place.
The International ICLEI Urban Research Symposium, or Researchers’ Symposium for short, is a multiple-day event which is integrated into every ICLEI World Congress. The motivation behind the Symposium This Researchers’ Symposium, the 4th in ICLEI’s 25-year history, brings together leading urban sustainability researchers to present on topics in international policy making and sustainable development. Interested researchers were invited to submit abstracts on one of four themes:
• Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals at the urban level
Dynamic neighbourhoods are the foundation of strong cities and municipalities. Engaged citizens and residents are essential in the creation of strong neighbourhoods. Community-based organizations play an important, catalytic role in making positive community change possible.
ICLEI Canada, with support from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests, is hosting a one-day workshop to preview and test ICLEI’s soon to be released Urban Biodiversity Planning Guidebook. The Guidebook will give municipalities the knowledge, strategies and direction to develop a community specific biodiversity action plan. Workshop attendees will have the opportunity to try out the guidebook and exercises through hands-on training and facilitated group discussions.
Moving your community´s sustainability vision forward as a local politician can be challenging. It depends on sustained leadership as well as effective communication, strong collaboration, and the ability to develop partnerships.
We are seeking input and comments on the framework for our Gold Standard Sustainable Cities Programme, through which cities can develop, audit and verify urban programmes – in order to catalyse and scale up currently missing investment.
EcoDistricts is now accepting applications for the 2015 EcoDistricts Incubator, a three-day intensive, project-based workshop designed to accelerate district-scale sustainability across North America. Each city team selected for the invitation-only Incubator is already hard at work promoting healthy, vibrant, sustainable and just cities and neighborhoods for all.
Registration is now open for the Natural Capital Symposium, which will take place March 23-25, 2015 on Stanford's campus. The intention is to continue fostering and supporting the community of practice using natural capital understanding to inform decisions. There will be multiple tracks during the three-day event, focusing on the approaches, science and tools, and the challenges ecosystem services practitioners face in engaging with decision-makers, stakeholders, and the public at large.
The 2nd global public consultation on the Indicators working draft report runs from January 16-31, 2015. Pando readers please note Goal 11: "Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable."
Free webinar on the UN Conference of Parties meetings in Lima and Paris!
Canadian Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) members are part of a global movement of local governments committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and demonstrating the cumulative effectiveness of local governments working together. Join this webinar for the latest international news. What exactly happened at the UN Conference of Parties (COP) meeting in Lima last December? And, what can we expect as we prepare for the next COP meeting in Paris?
Thursday, January 22nd, 2-3 pm EST (11am-12pm PST)
In 2014 two communities, Seattle and Northampton, achieved the highest level of certification available through STAR Communities. Staff from the two cities will share what they did to achieve their 5-STAR Community Rating as well as what they've got planned next to continue to advance local sustainability. Presenters include:
Sustainability and comprehensive planning can run on two separate tracks within local government. To create sustaining places, the programs have to come together — but how? APA has worked with 13 communities to develop standards for integrating sustainability into comprehensive plans. Hear about the standards and the goals behind them. Find out what goes into the plan, and get tips for successful public participation and plan implementation. Officials and their staff will see what makes a good comprehensive plan and how it can guide the community's future.
Renewable Cities aims to accelerate the adoption of 100% renewable energy within cities globally and recognizes that an integrated approach to energy efficiency and urban design is required. It is a five-year program that has been co-designed with leaders in local government, the private sector, key innovators and thought leaders, and utilities.