12/8/2019 - What is Mountain Towns 2030 and the Net Zero Summit?

12/8/2019 - International Transport Forum (ITF) 2020 Summit

12/8/2019 - How Much Traffic Do Uber and Lyft Cause?

12/8/2019 - The five As for digital transport inclusivity

15/8/2019 - Le Monde Festival Montréal

15/8/2019 - Smart City Expo Atlanta Announces New Speakers

15/8/2019 - Transforming Cities for Inclusion

15/8/2019 - Bringing (more) sustainability to cities: 5 golden rules

14/8/2019 - CitiesSHIFT webinar #3: Improving urban air quality through ecomobility

14/8/2019 - Velo-city 2020

14/8/2019 - Cities Ban Government Use of Facial Recognition

14/8/2019 - Smart Cities still need a Human Touch

13/8/2019 - EcoMobility Days 2019

13/8/2019 - ETC 2019: Programme announced for Rail Planning & Policy

13/8/2019 - Why can’t London or New York clear cars from the city?

13/8/2019 - Mayor Announces Boston’s Zero Waste Plan

12/8/2019 - 2020 Washington DC – Urban Affairs Association Conference

12/8/2019 - Last call for Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award

12/8/2019 - What Cities Can Learn From Burning Man

12/8/2019 - Mobility prominent in new compendium of best practices on smart tourism

1/8/2019 - Upcoming Polis Working Group meetings in 2019

1/8/2019 - Call for Candidate Cities to host the next UCLG Culture Summit 2021

1/8/2019 - Launch of brand new EcoMobility website

1/8/2019 - Call to towns and regions for the integration of migrants

 

 

What is Mountain Towns 2030 and the Net Zero Summit?

Mountain Towns 2030 is a coalition of mountain towns committed to achieving aggressive carbon reduction goals by 2030. The MT2030 effort begins at the Net Zero Summit from October 2-4 in Park City.

At this three-day event, join mayors, elected officials and staff from 40 over mountain towns as we work together with leaders from prominent NGOs and businesses to set bold yet achievable goals. Speakers include renowned environmentalist and humanitarian,Jane Goodall, and environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and author Paul Hawken of Project Drawdown.

http://icleiusa.org/news/events/mountain-towns-2030-net-zero-summit/

International Transport Forum (ITF) 2020 Summit

The International Transport Forum (ITF) is hosting its annual Summit in 2020 on the theme 'transport innovation for sustainable development'.

The Annual Summit of the ITF is the premier global transport policy event. Since 2008, the Summit has brought together ministers from around the world to share policy perspectives with CEOs, heads of international organisations, thought leaders from civil society and academia, and media.

https://www.itf-oecd.org/itf-2020-summit-transport-innovation-sustainable-development

How Much Traffic Do Uber and Lyft Cause?

A new analysis by the ride-hailing giants sheds some light on a long-asked question about their congestion impacts on U.S. cities.

After the 2008 economic crash, Americans began driving less. But it didn’t last long: In every year since 2013, U.S. drivers have packed on more miles behind the wheel. This rise in vehicle-miles traveled (VMT, in wonk-speak) can be seen and felt in the nation’s metropolises. Congestion on major arteries like L.A.’s I-405 or San Francisco’s Geary Boulevard is getting worse; pedestrian death counts are reaching record heights; tailpipe emissions are growing thicker.

https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2019/08/uber-lyft-traffic-congestion-ride-hailing-cities-drivers-vmt/595393/

The five As for digital transport inclusivity

There are 5 main inclusivity requirements to be fulfilled by transport systems and Bax & Company have created a matrix summarising, for each requirement, how introducing digital technologies to the transport sector can provide more inclusive services for vulnerable users.

https://www.eltis.org/discover/news/five-digital-transport-inclusivity

Le Monde Festival Montréal

Reinventing the city: from words to action

For the second year in a row, Le Monde, in partnership with Le Devoir, will convene in Montréal Le Monde Festival, a two-day event on the trends that are transforming our world (culturally, politically, scientifically, economically, etc.)On October 25, Le Monde, Concordia University, and NewCities are partnering to curate a half-day program dedicated to the urban perspective, in the wider theme of the Festival — ”Agir”, “to act”.

https://newcities.org/le-monde-festival-montreal/

Smart City Expo Atlanta Announces New Speakers

Join us from September 11-13, 2019 at Smart City Expo Atlanta to hear from the world's leading CIOs and CTOs who are on the forefront of redefining what it means for cities to be “smart”.

https://smartcityexpoatlanta.com/

Transforming Cities for Inclusion

Inclusion of all citizens is a challenge to rapidly urbanising societies. Federico Batista Poitier outlines how the Global Compact on Inclusive and Accessible Cities is an important tool in this regard, providing local governments with a framework that allows them to measure inclusion in their municipalities.

https://www.urbanet.info/transforming-cities-for-inclusion/

Bringing (more) sustainability to cities: 5 golden rules

The second URBACT City Lab took place in Brussels (BE) on 2nd and 3rd July 2019: “How are cities putting sustainable urban development into practice?” was the core question that drove us through general and specific considerations in the fields of Air Quality and Mobility, Energy Transition and Climate Adaptation and Sustainable Food Systems. When seeking to feed into the work of the updated Leipzig Charter, it appeared that on the one hand sustainability is still a complex paradigm to get into and embed for a city, but on the other hand, cities are leading the way in what can be done.

https://urbact.eu/sustainability-cities-5-must-haves

CitiesSHIFT webinar #3: Improving urban air quality through ecomobility

With an estimated 90% of the global population now breathing unhealthy air, the World Health Organisation has identified air pollution as the single greatest global health risk today. Excessive dependence on conventionally-powered motor vehicles worsens air quality, increasing the risk of respiratory illnesses. In addition, traffic congestion is a major sunk cost for economies.

Many cities are on the forefront to improve air quality through ecomobility, by changing the means of transport from private vehicles to active mobility, such as walking, cycling, and using public transport. This webinar will share international best practices around the prevention and mitigation of urban air pollution in the transport sector and discuss examples of mobility solutions – how they impact air quality and potential trade-offs.

https://ecomobility.org/citiesshift-webinar-improving-urban-air-quality-through-ecomobility-global-overview-and-practical-solutions/

Velo-city 2020

Velo-City is the world's premier cycling summit, focusing on cycling infrastructure, bicycle innovations, bicycle safety and the social and cultural changes driven by cycling.

https://velo-city2020.com/

Cities Ban Government Use of Facial Recognition

Three American cities have now banned the use of facial recognition technology in local government amid concerns it's inaccurate and biased.

https://www.governing.com/topics/public-justice-safety/gov-cities-ban-government-use-facial-recognition.html

Smart Cities still need a Human Touch

Toronto and Barcelona are currently implementing ambitious smart city initiatives. The two cities represent very different interpretations of the smart city vision, and the evolution of these projects will provide important lessons, informing policy makers around the world.

https://www.urenio.org/2019/08/07/smart-cities-still-need-a-human-touch/

EcoMobility Days 2019

ICLEI EcoMobility Alliance and Autonomy are partnering to host this year's EcoMobility Days, convening mayors and transport experts from Alliance Cities and ICLEI Members. We hope to connect with you there from 16-17 October in Paris, France!

https://ecomobility.org/ecomobility-days/#2019

ETC 2019: Programme announced for Rail Planning & Policy

The Rail Planning and Policy is focused on developing the knowledge on planning, economics and use of heavy rail. Enhancement of the quality of the rail network and its use is pivotal. The political and economic organisation of developing rail networks and customers' satisfaction with train use are key elements in the programme. Also this year, lots of interesting presentations will be available on those topics.

https://aetransport.org/etc/this-year-at-etc/booking

Why can’t London or New York clear cars from the city?

The past few months have seen an uptick in cycling deaths in cities around the world. In New York City alone, 18 people had been killed in cycling collisions by the middle of 2019, nearly doubling the city’s total for the whole of 2018.

It’s a sad irony that the increase in fatalities comes as countless municipalities have committed to Vision Zero – a plan to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries.

While the ethos behind Vision Zero is commendable, the vision itself is only as good as the actions taken to support it. The commitment from elected officials needs to be more than just lip service or nothing will get better – in fact, it will just get worse. The first step is prioritising safer space on our streets.

https://www.citymetric.com/transport/netherlands-cleared-cars-its-cities-why-can-t-london-or-new-york-4737

Mayor Announces Boston’s Zero Waste Plan

Mayor Martin Walsh of the City of Boston on June 18 made an announcement regarding the first-ever zero-waste plan of the city. The proposals include plans, both near and long-term, that aims to reduce how the city consumes natural resources and greenhouse gas emissions. The plan will involve crucial parts such as the development of the composting program of Boston, which will increase access to different recycling opportunities, as well as get a recycling education campaign going across the city.

https://ecourbanhub.com/bostons-zero-waste-plan/

2020 Washington DC – Urban Affairs Association Conference

The Urban Affairs Association (UAA), the international, interdisciplinary professional organization for urban scholars, researchers, and public service professionals will be hosting its 50th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. from April 2-4, 2020.

We are currently accepting proposals for individual papers, paper panels, colloquy sessions, posters, and roundtable discussions to stimulate thinking and re-thinking of urban affairs, and to widen intellectual and professional networks. UAA considers abstract/session proposal submissions from a wide array of topic categories with all abstracts and proposals due October 1, 2019 (11:59pm CDT).

https://urbanaffairsassociation.org/conference/

Last call for Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award

UNEP/MAP is pleased to inform you that the deadline for the submission of applications for the Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award has been extended until 18 September 2019. We encourage a broad participation from Mediterranean coastal cities and towns.

Funded by the Government of Turkey, the Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award was created in the framework of the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD) to recognize efforts of local authorities in promoting sustainable development in Mediterranean coastal cities.

https://www.uclg.org/en/media/events/last-call-istanbul-environment-friendly-city-award-deadline-extended

What Cities Can Learn From Burning Man

The plaza was too big. That was Victoria Mitchell’s thought two years ago as she surveyed a neighborhood in the city where she works as a planning manager and associate director of operations.

A few years earlier, the city had created the plaza in an effort to breathe new life into an underdeveloped part of town. But residents weren’t making use of it in the way the planners had hoped. “I went to the plaza and sat as a fly on the wall,” Mitchell recalls. “I watched how fast people were moving through the space.” The plaza was lined with lots of fun places to grab a drink or a bite to eat, or meet up to socialize with friends, but “everyone just kept zooming by.”

Oh well, she figured. Next year they’d redraw the city with smaller plazas.

https://www.governing.com/topics/urban/gov-burning-man.html

Mobility prominent in new compendium of best practices on smart tourism

Capital of Smart Tourism Compendium of Best Practices.

The practices have been divided between the individual award categories, which were accessibility, sustainability, digitalisation, cultural heritage and creativity.

The purpose of this collection of best practices is to raise awareness about existing smart tourism measures and to strengthen peer-to-peer learning and innovative development of tourism in the EU.

http://smarttourismcapital.eu/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Compendium_2019_FINAL.pdf

Upcoming Polis Working Group meetings in 2019

Polis activities cover a wide range of areas which are structured into thematic pillars and delivered through Working Groups (WG). The working groups are open only to Polis members. However, external experts may be invited to attend as well. Here you can find the Polis Working Group meetings as of September 2019.

https://www.polisnetwork.eu/publicnews/2039/45/Upcoming-Polis-Working-Group-meetings-in-2019

Call for Candidate Cities to host the next UCLG Culture Summit 2021

Since the founding Congress of Paris, culture has been at the heart of UCLG's policy agenda.

Since 2015, UCLG has convened three editions of the UCLG Culture Summit, which were respectively hosted by the City of Bilbao (Basque Country, Spain, March 2015), the Jeju Self-Governing Special Province (Jeju-do, Republic of Korea, May 2017), and the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (Argentina, April 2019). Following the success of the three first Culture Summit of UCLG, and considering the growing importance of culture in the framework of sustainable cities, the Executive Bureau of UCLG has decided to convene a fourth UCLG Culture Summit in 2021.

https://www.uclg.org/en/media/news/call-candidate-cities-host-next-uclg-culture-summit-2021

Launch of brand new EcoMobility website

ICLEI Sustainable Mobility team’s website ecomobility.org has been completely redesigned and upgraded. We’ve redesigned our user experience and content to make the latest information more available to our users. The new website is also fully mobile-adaptive.

Our new website provides a clear message of who we are, what we stand for and where our value lies when developing and delivering our ecomobility projects.

We’ve introduced a range of new content to the website, including our program areas, initiatives and projects, our impact featuring a detailed virtual map that walk users through our available data.

http://ecomobility.org/

Call to towns and regions for the integration of migrants

“Take part in the ‘Towns and regions for integration' initiative", stated the President of the Committee of the Regions during a seminar organised with CEMR on this topic. To date, the initiative counts more than 100 local and regional governments. It constitutes a political forum to develop and promote EU policies and funding to help with migrant integration, as well as to exchange best practices on the topic.

https://www.ccre.org/en/actualites/view/3907

 

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