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In January 2018, the Green Digital Charter organised the 2017 GDC Award competition recognising the three most innovative projects implemented in one of the 53 signatories of the Charter.

Among them, Dublin’s iSCAPE project, aimed at improving smart control of air pollution in Europe. In order to more efficiently reduce the impact of air pollution, iSCAPE comes out with a mixed approach focusing on 1) the use of ‘passive control systems’ in urban spaces, 2) policy interventions and 3) behavioural changes of citizens lifestyle.

 

Curious to know more about it? Meet the project’s team in Brussels at the occasion of the Green Week in one of several events listed below :

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iSCAPE will also be among the 20 stands exhibiting during the 3 days of the Green Week Brussels (venue: BluePoint) and will be showcasing its citizens game in the tool room, a special area dedicated to demonstrating various existing tools and platforms helping cities develop in a sustainable way.

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Capture-cover-guidebookThroughout the whole duration of the GuiDanCe project, both physical and online training activities were organised to support signatory cities in overcoming implementation barriers and challenges encountered at the local level. A publication was prepared to report in a simple but efficient way on the achievements and lessons learnt.

Peer-to-peer learning is an excellent instrument for improving the implementation of cities’ policies and strategies. It is based on the idea that people who work on similar issues and have similar roles and working background in their cities can share experiences and learn from each other. ‘Peers’ share a common understanding of and interest in implementing smart and digital projects and policies. In many ways, they ways similar challenges, need to find solutions to similar problems and look for corresponding solutions, projects and alliances.

Untitled ‘Peer-to-peer learning for cities’, GDC guidebook presents six methods of training and peer-to-peer learning, each one with its own strengths and advantages. For each method, the publication explains the format, objectives and different steps to follow for organising a successful training event. Examples from GuiDanCe training activities are there to illustrate all approaches.

Read the guidebook : GDC Training guidebook web

or browse it directly below


Contact person : Nikolaos Kontinakis, GuiDanCe project coordinator, Nikolaos.Kontinakis[at]eurocities.eu

data-protection-lockersAs from May 2018, the new EU general data protectino regulation (GDPR) will take effect. As a direct result, all EU cities are asked to appoint a data protection officer (DPO) and to implement a series of new rules and practices.

On Monday 22 January 2018 in Brussels, the GDC/GuiDanCe project is organising a technical training for cities’ digital experts on the implementation of the EU general data protection regulation (GDPR).

The training will be followed by the conference ‘Imagine the Urban Future: Innovation, Collaboration, Trust’ jointly organised by the Green Digital Charter and EUROCITIES’ Knowledge Society Forum (KSF).

Learning objectives?

This training is designed to help EUROCITIES’ members and GDC signatories to understand the concepts and processes necessary for the data management chain within a city administration to deal with citizens’ privacy while delivering smart services. Participants will learn how to conduct a privacy impact assessment (PIA) based on specific and concrete use-cases (dataset, application, service) brought by participants from their own city.

Who can participate?

Participation is free and open to city officers, especially DPOs and data officers of local public authorities;

Your city is facing privacy challenges in the implementation of a measure or project? Bring your example with supporting documents such as datasets. Four use-cases will be selected and presented to the audience.

We are looking for officers with understanding of a particular service or application, e.g. functional understanding (what the service or application does), technical understanding (how it is implemented) and a deployment understanding (who and how it is operated).

 

To propose a data scenario from your city, contact us by Friday 15 December (COB).

Contact persons:

  • Rebecca Portail, GDC/GuiDanCE project support officer at rebecca.portail[at]eurocities.eu
  • Antony Page, UrbanDNA (expert & trainer) at antony.page[at]urbandna.eu

 

Agenda: Programme-GDPR-training_Green-Digital-Charter_22-01-2018

Participation is limited. Register now at http://bit.ly/2BHJnkM.

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Iordana​ ​Eleftheriadou,​ ​Policy​ ​coordinator​ ​for​ ​Digital​ ​Transformation,​ ​alongside​ ​the​ ​First​ ​VP​ ​of​ ​the Committee​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Regions,​ ​Markku​ ​Markkula,​ ​at​ ​the​ ​launch​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Digital​ ​Cities​ ​Challenge

Launched​ ​at​ ​the​ ​European​ ​Week​ ​of​ ​Regions​ ​and​ ​Cities,​ ​the​ ​Commission​ ​Digital​ ​Cities Challenge​ ​is​ ​throwing​ ​down​ ​the​ ​gauntlet​ ​to​ ​city​ ​leaders​ ​and​ ​key​ ​stakeholders​ ​to​ ​make​ ​their​ ​cities more​ ​productive,​ ​more​ ​innovative,​ ​better​ ​places​ ​to​ ​live.​ ​They​ ​can​ ​do​ ​so​ ​by​ ​putting​ ​advanced technologies​ ​at​ ​the​ ​service​ ​of​ ​the​ ​citizens.

The​ ​challenge​ ​aims​ ​to​ ​select​ ​15​ ​cities​ ​with​ ​the​ ​will​ ​to​ ​change​ ​and​ ​unlock​ ​unreleased​ ​potential,​ ​to receive​ ​free-of-charge​ ​high​ ​quality​ ​policy​ ​advice,​ ​coaching​ ​and​ ​facilitation,​ ​from​ ​high-level experts​ ​with​ ​local​ ​and​ ​international​ ​experience.​ ​This​ ​tailored​ ​support​ ​will​ ​help​ ​them​ ​to​ ​develop and​ ​implement​ ​strategic​ ​plans​ ​addressing​ ​economic​ ​growth​ ​and​ ​social​ ​welfare,​ ​all​ ​in​ ​their​ ​local language.

Participating​ ​cities​ ​will​ ​also​ ​have​ ​access​ ​to​ ​intuitive​ ​assessment​ ​tools​ ​for​ ​digitalisation, innovative​ ​training,​ ​and​ ​a​ ​vast​ ​networking​ ​pool,​ ​including​ ​fellow​ ​cities,​ ​strategic​ ​stakeholders and​ ​Commission​ ​networks​ ​and​ ​platforms.​ ​This​ ​will​ ​help​ ​cities​ ​stimulate​ ​investments​ ​through​ ​joint cross-regional​ ​actions​ ​for​ ​digital​ ​transformation.

In​ ​addition​ ​to​ ​the​ ​selected​ ​15​ ​cities,​ ​the​ ​challenge​ ​will​ ​support​ ​a​ ​broader​ ​community​ ​of​ ​cities who​ ​wish​ ​to​ ​participate​ ​using​ ​their​ ​own​ ​resources​ ​and​ ​benefit​ ​from​ ​the​ ​knowledge​ ​and networking​ ​opportunities​ ​provided.

The​ ​result​ ​will​ ​be​ ​to​ ​give​ ​cities​ ​a​ ​well-developed​ ​strategy​ ​and​ ​action​ ​plan​ ​to​ ​move​ ​towards​ ​digital transformation​ ​and​ ​put​ ​them​ ​on​ ​the​ ​map​ ​as​ ​a​ ​beacon​ ​for​ ​future​ ​economic​ ​growth​ ​and​ ​improved quality​ ​of​ ​life.

 The​ ​call​ ​is​ ​now​ ​open​ ​for​ ​applications.
To​ ​find​ ​out​ ​more​ ​about​ ​the​ ​Digital​ ​Cities​ ​Challenge​ ​and​ ​the​ ​call​ ​visit www.digitallytransformyourregion.eu

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logo_enThe​ ​Digital​ ​Cities​ ​Challenge​ ​is​ ​funded​ ​by​ ​COSME​ ​programme​ ​of​ ​the​ ​European​ ​Union.​ ​COSME is​ ​the​ ​EU​ ​programme​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Competitiveness​ ​of​ ​Enterprises​ ​and​ ​Small​ ​and​ ​Medium-sized Enterprises​ ​(SMEs)

This article was originally published on the Covenant of Mayors website.

EGCThe calls for the European Green Capital 2020 and European Green Leaf 2019 awards are now open.

The European Commission has opened up the competition to large and small cities across Europe for these prestigious awards, which recognize high environmental records and an outstanding commitment to sustainable urban development. In these year’s editions, both winners of the European Green Capital and European Green Leaf awards will receive for the first time a financial incentive to boost their environmental programmes!

The winner of the European Green Capital award will receive €350,000, while the winner of the European Green Leaf award will receive €75,000. Cities with a population of more than 100,000 inhabitants can apply to become European Green Capital, while the European Green Leaf accepts applications from smaller-sized cities (20,000 – 100,000 inhabitants).

Alongside the new financial incentive, winners of the European Green Capital and European Green Leaf awards gain numerous benefits:

• Increased tourism and investment
• International prestige and media coverage
• Membership of an exclusive network of previous winners and shortlisted cities to share ideas and experience towards furthering environmental sustainability
• Application process supports cities in evaluating their environmental progress and benchmarking themselves against their peers
• Boosts momentum to accelerate environmental actions

The European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella: “The European Green Capital and Green Leaf Awards are becoming increasingly important as we strive to manage our cities and towns against the challenges of population growth, pressure on resources and our responsibilities to manage climate change. European Green Capitals and Green Leafs provide vital inspiration and motivation to help other cities find solutions, on both a European and a global stage.”

• All information about the application process of the European Green Capital 2020 and European Green Leaf 2019 awards
• Applications to both awards can be submitted until 18 October.