Sustainable Food Against Climate Change

How can sustainable food contribute to fighting climate change? The experience of cities involved in the URBACT network Sustainable Food in Urban Communities gives insights into how cities can play a decisive role in fostering a change in the daily behaviors of citizens, with positive effects on CO2 emissions at global, national and local level. Ten [...]

By Simone D'Antonio, on September 30th, 2014

How do Revolving Funds change the Investement and Decision-Making Game?

The aim of the JESSICA (Joint European Support for Sustainable Investment in City Areas)  initiative by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank is to support “sustainable investment in cities” via financial engineering mechanism. Through the implementation of the initiative, Urban Development Funds are emerging as potentially powerful tools to pursue sustainable urban transformation.  [...]

By URBACT, on September 23rd, 2014

Sharing Food to Save the Planet: The Unusual Suspects Festival

Apart from Jordan and Even, I don’t think anyone else noticed that the carrots were missing. The two signature dishes created by chef Even Bakke during our workshop went down a treat. Both vegetarian, and one inspired by Iranian cuisine, they typified the exciting things happening in Sweden’s public kitchens. They also provided the perfect [...]

By Eddy Adams, on September 17th, 2014

Urban News from Hungary: Okotarsulas, a Community Supported Agriculture Experience

A number of models for community supported agriculture are known in the world. In the most cases they represent a kind of contractual relationship between one or more producers and a group of consumers. In order to obtain food from reliable sources typically more buyers jointly find producers they trust and who undertake to provide [...]

By Mariann Majorné Venn, on September 12th, 2014

The Trouble with Procurement

Hey, lets talk about procurement. …… You still there? Yes, procurement has a bit of a problem doesn’t it. But if I kick off with – “Hey, lets talk about how cities use their resources to get better results”, then it’s probably a different matter. So what is it about the P word? Surely, we’re [...]

By Eddy Adams, on September 8th, 2014

16 Ways You Can Take Advantage of URBACT Even if You are Not Part of It – Active Citizens

When you hear about the URBACT programme, does it sound like an abstract thing that wouldn’t be of any use to you? Check out these suggestions. You may be surprised to find out what this program can do for you! 4. Are you an activist, a user, a citizen? Be aware of the priority issues [...]

By Jorge Toledo, on September 2nd, 2014

16 Ways You Can Take Advantage of URBACT Even if You are Not Part of It – Practitioners and Students

When you hear about the URBACT programme, does it sound like an abstract thing that wouldn’t be of any use to you? Check out these suggestions. You may be surprised to find out what this program can do for you! 3. Are you an urban practitioner or a student? Know what different cities prioritize in [...]

By Jorge Toledo, on August 29th, 2014

16 Ways You Can Take Advantage of URBACT Even if You are Not Part of It – Public Employees

When you hear about the URBACT programme, does it sound like an abstract thing that wouldn’t be of any use to you? Check out these suggestions. You may be surprised to find out what this program can do for you! 2. Are you a municipal technician or public employee? Find examples of approaches, solutions and [...]

By Jorge Toledo, on August 26th, 2014

16 Ways You Can Take Advantage of URBACT Even if You are Not Part of It – Decision Makers

Picture by Wonderland on Flickr When you hear about the URBACT programme, does it sound like an abstract thing that wouldn’t be of any use to you? Check out these suggestions. You may be surprised to find out what this program can do for you! 1. Are you an elected representative or a decision maker? [...]

By Jorge Toledo, on August 22nd, 2014

Cities were Meant for People: Change and Conflicts in Using Public Space

Public spaces, as a place where public life and communication unfurl, create a distinctive image of a particular society. The way they are created, used and maintained tells us about the intensity and nature of relations between members of the society. Our presence or absence, our behaviour and the intensity of usage reflect our participation [...]

By URBACT, on August 19th, 2014