As part of the NATURVATION project, Utrecht has been examining nature-based solutions projects in the city. The Roerplein Pocket Park is one of our best examples of a successful citizen-led intervention, and began as an initiative by a local social entrepreneur to turn a paved public square into a park. The small park was built within a highly paved neighborhood with little green space, and is managed by local citizens with the support of the municipality.
The aim of the Food Smart Cities Program is to build bridges for sustainable and fair food in cities.
The municipalities, economic parners, institutions and NGOs of the municipalities of Alsómocsolád, Bikal, Mágocs, Mekényes, Nagyhajmás decided in 2014 to work out a joint development program that would enable the synergistic development of the 5 settlements. The North Hegyhát Micro-Regional Union was born from this initiative, which main goal is to establish long-term and well-grounded cooperation between local governments, companies, institutions and organizations within the micro-region. Moreover, the Union intends to create the first "Smart Area" of Hungary.
The Alliance Center is a multi-faceted nonprofit with an event and collaborative working space, located in the heart of Denver. They convene and mobilize our network of non-profit organizations, for-profit businesses, government agencies, academic institutions and community members to collaboratively create sustainability-focused solutions. They are explorers and innovators—working at the leading edge of sustainability to support a healthy planet, a strong democracy, and a thriving economy. The Alliance Center does not work alone.They create solutions through the strength of partnerships.
At Denver Community Planning and Development, they envision, enable and ensure a better Denver. Planning Services staff work with Denver’s communities to prepare plans — as well as regulations for land use and design — that guide the city’s growth, enhancement and preservation. Development Services staff review plans and issue permits for development projects big and small — from do-it-yourself home improvements to large commercial developments. They green light projects while ensuring compliance with building, fire and zoning codes.
Denver Urban Gardens knows that in order to make lasting change, community needs to drive it. That’s why every one of our urban gardens and farms have been started and led by local residents. They currently have over 180 gardens in six counties in the Metro Denver Area. DUG gardeners grow food, but more than that, they grow community. They put down deep roots, providing resources, training, and support needed to establish enduring gardens and farms that become valuable assets to neighborhoods.
The Municipality of Újbuda together with its citizens dreamed of the future of the Allende Park.
All too often, smart city projects focus solely on technical solutions while failing to consider the input and impact on citizens. MK:Smart has turned this on its head and put citizens at the centre of smart city innovation, thus ensuring a bottom-up, community-driven input to the design of the project activities, complementing the top-down specification developed by the project team.
In Albania, children are the greatest value for the people. Taking this into account, the local government of Tirana considers the importance of future generations as a priority issue. First of all, they have changed the narrative of the city administration. Usually, in politics, they always worry about the next election. So they could take the conversation to the next level – how do we worry about the next generation, rather than just the next election?
The Bee Path was opened in 2015 by the city of Ljubljana (SI), a municipality aware of the importance of pollinators for the sustainability of cities. The path is designed in such a way that visitors can comprehend the importance of bees for our survival and our food safety, discover the necessity of honey in our daily diet, but also find out more about the city's beekeeping culture. Various stakeholders are involved in the initiative: educational, cultural and health institutions, businesses, NGOs, and of course, beekeepers.