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5 September 2017
Lowering energy use in family homes - the FIESTA approach
25th Breakfast at Sustainability's
Avenue de Tervuren 35
Brussels, Belgium
The 25th edition of ICLEI's long-running Breakfast at Sustainability's series will be held on Tuesday 5 September, focusing on the work of the EU-funded FIESTA project. ICLEI is hosting the event in association with project coordinator AREA Science Park Trieste.

FIESTA helps families with children to save money and lower their carbon footprint by reducing the amount of energy they consume. It aims to achieve this by teaching families to make better energy choices, such as purchasing higher rated electrical appliances, choosing efficient cooking methods, and optimising natural light in homes.

The event will take place from 9.30am – 12.30pm (followed by a sustainable networking lunch) in Brussels (Belgium).

Experts will present the results of the FIESTA project and will discuss how greater energy efficiency can be achieved through behavioural change.

Speakers include Carina Toernblom, Director of the Consumer Directorate, European Commission DG JUST, and Fabio Tomasi, Project coordinator, AREA Science Park Trieste.

The programme is available to view below.

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16 - 22 September 2017

The EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK campaign provides the perfect opportunity to present sustainable mobility alternatives to local residents and to explain the challenges that cities and towns are facing in order to induce behavioural change and make progress towards creating a more sustainable transport strategy for Europe.

Since 2002, thousands of towns and cities across Europe have taken part in EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK. The decentralised campaign allows public authorities of all sizes to join in during the week of 16-22 September. Towns and cities can participate by organising a week of activities, installing permanent mobility measures, or holding a Car-Free Day. NGOs, companies, civil society and other actors can also take part by organising a MOBILITY ACTION.

The theme for the 2017 campaign is "Sharing gets you further". The theme relates to how shared forms of transport can reduce our expenses and lower our carbon footprint, while at the same time making our journey more sociable. Smart technology, such as apps and online platforms are already helping to make mobility more efficient, saving us money and helping the environment.

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20 - 21 September 2017
Connecting People and Nature for Sustainable Cities
GREEN SURGE International Conference 2017
Malmö, Sweden
The City of Malmö and the GREEN SURGE consortium are pleased to invite you to their gathering of researchers, policy-makers and practitioners in Malmö on 20-21 September 2017 to explore the social, environmental and economic virtues of urban green infrastructure.

• Meet leading researchers to learn how growing populations and urban densification can be reconciled with green infrastructure to improve health, equality, climate adaptation and biodiversity
• Learn how your city colleagues are realizing nature-based solutions to address some of the most pressing challenges of today
• Share your own knowledge and experience

The conference themes are related to emerging issues and future challenges of nature-based solutions and sustainable urban development, and aims for interactions and critical discussions by a mix of researchers, decision-makers, planners, and practitioners.

The conference environment and program will provide opportunities for dynamic presentations and discussions, moderated by international professionals. We welcome proposals for presentations of research as well as of projects from practice on any aspect of the broad area of nature-based solutions and sustainable urban development.

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11 October 2017
Unlocking financing for local climate action
Practical information for smaller municipalities
Province of Flemish Brabant
Leuven, Belgium
This practical conference will focus on access to finance for local energy and climate action, with a particular emphasis on smaller-sized European cities and towns.

Experts from the European Commission, the Global Covenant of Mayors and the European Investment Bank will help to shape the discussion, with input from local government representatives who have engaged in successful financing practices.

Throughout the day, experts will discuss challenges and offer solutions to smaller-scale cities seeking to access financing for their local energy and climate actions. Interactive roundtables and one-to-one discussion will enable hands-on exchange of information on topics such as: private and residential buildings, transport and mobility, public buildings and procurement, renewable energy, impact funding, and civic crowdfunding.

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12 October 2017
SAVE THE DATE - Speeding up market-uptake of buildings renovation in Europe
In Europe, buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions. Currently, about 35% of the EU's buildings are over 50 years old, and by improving the energy efficiency of its building stock the EU could reduce its total energy consumption by 5-6% and lower CO2 emissions by about 5%.

Local governments can influence the efficiency of new and existing buildings in their communities and can deploy a variety of measures, policies and incentives to speed-up renovation in the public and private sector.

While most renovation decisions are taken at building level by individual owners, optimal integration of RES often requires planning and implementation at a district scale. Financing renovation of the residential sectors remains a great challenge in Europe, where many building owners or occupants simply cannot afford renovation costs and cannot apply for financing.

Other customers often see high operating costs and a poor environment as an acceptable alternative to the time-consuming, disruptive and risky renovation process.

This event will discuss the challenges shared by local governments in Europe, and will bring together a great line-up of experts to share and explore innovative technical and financial solutions and policies to boost the market uptake of renovation.

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