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Events Archive 2012

EU Sustainable Energy Week 2013
24th Jun 2012 - 28th Jun 2012

24th - 28th June 2012, Brussels, Belgium From 24th to 28th June, Brussels will host the 8th year of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) in Brussels, Belgium. This initiative is coordinated by the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation, in conjunction with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy.
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Get Ready for Earth Hour!
23rd Mar 2012

23rd March 2012, Worldwide Earth Hour 2013 will kick off at 8.30pm local time on Saturday 23rd March, inviting individuals, businesses and communities to turn out their lights for one hour to show their support for environmentally sustainable action. Hundreds of millions of people, businesses and governments will ...
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Green Night, Gau berdea, Noche verde
15th Dec 2012

15th December, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain On the 15th of December Vitoria-Gasteiz will play host to the Green Night to celebrate the closing of its year as the 2012 European Green Capital. There will be lots of entertainment and more than 40 acts will take place over the course of the event which is ...
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The 14th Eco-Products Exhibition 2012
13th Dec 2012 - 15th Dec 2012

13th – 15th December, 2012, Tokyo, Japan The Eco-Products Exhibition will be taking place in Tokyo, Japan from the 13th to the 15th of December. This year’s Exhibition theme is “The Greener, The Smarter -The Future We Will Choose”. This theme describes the choices that are being faced with regard to the new future and how to incorporate them into our ...
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Eco-Innovation: Empowering Entrepreneurship
11th Dec 2012 - 12th Dec 2012

11-12 December, Brussels, Belgium The Eco-Innovation Conference will take place on the 11th and 12th of December in Brussels, Belgium. This event is aimed at focusing on the role of eco-innovation policies and businesses in supporting European competitiveness, jobs creation, environmental protection and the well-being of European citizens. There will ...
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Building bridges: Facilitating water information exchange conference
3rd Dec 2012 - 4th Dec 2012

3rd and 4th December 2012, Brussels, Belgium This December, Brussels is hosting a conference on facilitating water information between science, policy and industry. The two-day event is being organised jointly by two projects funded by the European Commission: STEP-WISE and STREAM. The aim of the conference is to present concrete ...
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The European Green Capital Award Handover Event 2012 to 2013
29th Nov 2012

29th November 2012, Brussels, Belgium The European Commission will officially hand over the “European Green Capital” title from Vitoria-Gasteiz in Spain, to Nantes in France at a prestigious event in Brussels on Thursday, 29 November 2012. The event will celebrate the hand over of the title and also provide an opportunity for cities to meet and discuss the importance of sustainable ...
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Colloque International
22nd Nov 2012 - 23rd Nov 2012

22nd – 23rd November 2012, Paris, France The International Symposium on Culture and Sustainable Development will take place on 22nd and 23rd November 2012 at the Congress Centre, the Museum of Science and Industry, Paris (France). The two day event will examine the role of culture in sustainable development. Speakers from disciplines such as art, philosophy, town planning, sociology, drama, energy ...
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Waterfont City Summit
10th Dec 2012

10th December 2012, Taipei, Taiwan   The European Green Capital representative Ms Marie-Hélène Vareille will be attending the Waterfront City Summit in New Taipei City to deliver a Keynote Speech about the European Green Capital Award. The aim of the visit will be to share the experiences of the Green Capital ...
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Take Care: Inspiring people to care about our planet - Open-air photographic exhibition
3rd Sep 2012 - 15th Dec 2012

3rd September – 15th December 2012, Ljubljana, Slovenia Since early September, Ljubljana, Slovenia, has been playing host to a beautiful photographic exhibition that features scenes of nature from Slovenia and the United States of America. The stunning photographs have been captured by the cameras of renowned photographers working for the National Geographic Magazine. The exhibition features 120 large format photographs in the ...
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Driving better implementation in our cities & regions – a key element of the 7th Environment Action Programme
5th Dec 2012

5th December 2012, Brussels The Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the European Commission have come together to organise a conference titled Driving better implementation in our cities and regions – a key element of the 7th Environmental Action Programme. The conference will take place on the 5th of December at the Committee of Regions in Brussels. The conference will coincide ...
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European Week for Waste Reduction 2012
17th Nov 2012 - 25th Nov 2012

17th – 25th November 2012, Across Europe The European Week for Waste Reduction week (EWWR) focuses on highlighting waste reduction activities across Europe and raising awareness of ways to reduce our waste. The EWWR lasts for 9 days and takes place from the 17th to 25th of November 2012. The EWWR ...
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Webinar on Energy Performance Contracting
13th Nov 2012

13th November 2012 The Covenant of Mayors is organising a series of webinars on Energy Performance Contracting (EPC). The series will being on the 13th of November and experts from the field will make presentations on experiences in their municipality.  Roman Doubrava from Directorate-General Energy will present the recently launched EPC campaign. The signatory municipality of Oskarshamn in Sweden will speak ...
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Conference on Climate Alliance, SRL and IfR under EcoMobil, Messe Offenburg, Germany
14th Nov 2012 - 15th Nov 2012

14th – 15th November 2012 On the 14th - 15thof November, Offenburg Place will host the expo and congress EcoMobil for the fourth time. The focus of the event will be the climate-friendly city as a whole. Climate change, urban and transport planning and energy efficiency will be brought to the forefront. For the first time this will be a joint ...
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Wind Turbine Noise: From Source to Receiver
11th Dec 2012 - 12th Dec 2012

11th – 12th December 2012, Oxford, England This December, the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) invite wind industry representatives to join to discuss the key acoustic issues of wind farms. This meeting will follow on from the success of workshops on Resource Assessment (Brussels, May 2011) and Post-construction Assessment (Lyon, July 2012). It has been organised in response to requests from ...
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Green Capital Bird Banding
4th Oct 2012 - 27th Dec 2012

4th October – 27th December 2012, Vitoria-Gasteiz This year’s European Green Capital Vitoria-Gasteiz is hosting a bird banding event that will span over 3 months, beginning in October. Bird banding (or bird ringing) is essential to bird conservation, and the banding of millions of birds annually worldwide contributes greatly to the study of birds' habits that can lead to a greater ...
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COP 18
26th Nov 2012 - 7th Dec 2012

26th November – 7th December 2012, Doha The eighteenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) will take place from Monday, 26 November to Friday, 7 December 2012 at the Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha, Qatar. The COP is the supreme decision-making body of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The UNFCCC was drawn in ...
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From public participation to co-creation: the role of local governments in supporting bottom-up sustainability initiatives
6th Nov 2012 - 7th Nov 2012

6th – 7th November 2012, Milan, 3rd – 4th December 2012, Cracow This year, the ICLEI, on behalf on the InConext project consortium, are hosting the workshop “From public participation to co-creation: the role of local governments in supporting bottom-up sustainability initiatives”. The workshop will be held in two cities: the first in Milan, Italy (6-7 November 2012) and ...
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Copenhagen Culture Night
12th Oct 2012

12 October 2012 On the evening of the 12th October 2012, you can experience what  the 2014 European Green Capital- Copenhagen has to offer culturally, by taking part in its annual Culture Night at the European Environment Agency. The European Environment Agency will be opening their doors to Copenhagen residents, families, tourists, environment enthusiasts, students and anyone interested in finding out and ...
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13th European Forum on Eco-Innovation Developing new markets for eco-innovation With a special focus on water
26th Nov 2012 - 27th Nov 2012

26th -27th November, Lisbon, Spain From the 26th to the 27th of November in Lisbon, the European Commission will be holding the 13th European Forum on Eco-Innovation. Adopted in December 2011, the EU Eco-Innovation Action Plan aims to boost innovations that aim to or result in reducing pressures on the environment and to bridge the gap between research and the market. The ...
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7th Nov 2012 - 10th Nov 2012

7th – 10th November 2012, Nantes, France The European Green Capital for 2013, Nantes, is hosting this year’s Eurocities conference. The event will run from the 7th until the 10th of November and leads on  discussions on city identities at the 2010 conference in Zaragoza and on planning ...
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Smart Cities Conference
23rd Oct 2012 - 24th Oct 2012

23rd – 24th October 2012, Amsterdam, Holland The Smart Cities 2012 Conference is being held in Amsterdam from the 23rd to the 24th of October. The two day event will bring together city officials, policy-makers, utilities, transport operators, developers, investors, contractors and solution providers. With 4 out of 5 Europeans ...
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Thriving Neighbourhoods
12th Nov 2012 - 14th Nov 2012

12th – 14th November, Melbourne, Australia Thriving Neighbourhoods is an ICLEI initiative that encourages cross-sector cooperation to ensure that health, planning, design, infrastructure, IT and the built and natural environments are improved to the best standards. At the Thriving Neighbourhoods conference speakers will engage delegates on fresh emerging approaches to ...
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More Crop Per Drop - Raising Water Use Efficiency
29th Nov 2012

29th November 2012, London Water is an essential resource for life. Climate change and over consumption has reduced our supply of water and now a major challenge is ensuring that water is used efficiently and conservatively by everyone. Water is a key element in agriculture to help grow crops for food and biomass for fuel to satisfy the world’s growing population. ...
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8th PCF World Summit
26th Sep 2012 - 27th Sep 2012

26-27 September 2012, Berlin The Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) World Forum was established as platform for companies to share ideas and experiences to overcome the challenges involved in managing and communicating the climate and environmental impact of their products. The PCF World Forum is a neutral platform created for companies and other stakeholders to share practical experiences and knowledge towards climate-conscious ...
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Working towards a green economy after Rio+20
2nd Oct 2012

2nd October 2012, Brussels On the 2nd of October the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) will host a joint event in the European Parliament in Brussels to discuss the future of green jobs. The event has been arranged in light of the outcomes of Rio+20. The event will be hosted by a member of the ...
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The potential of agroecology: Reclaiming the food crisis.
9th Nov 2012

09 November 2012, Brussels, Belgium Our current food and agricultural system isn't sustainable. Increasing urban sprawl and population is putting extreme pressure on agriculture. Unequal distribution of food resources, climate change and environmental abuse, and the rapid degradation of biodiversity are all synonymous with agriculture.  There is an urgent need to rethink the global food distribution. Bart Staes, MEP for the Greens, ...
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"Biodiversity goes local" event
26th Sep 2012

26th September, Brussels, Belgium On Wednesday the 26th of September, the BD SKILLS team is hosting the event Biodiversity goes local – Improving the skills of local planners, at the House of the Dutch Provinces in Brussels.  This event will analyse the role that local authorities have in biodiversity policy and participation is free.
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ChemWater 3rd Workshop
5th Sep 2012

5th September, Brussels On the 5th of September ChemWater 3rd Workshop “Vision 2050: Materials, processes, technologies on Water Sustainable Process Industry” is held in Brussels. The aim of this sequence of workshops is to develop a strategy for a water sustainable industry by 2050. Delegates will discuss tools and methodologies that are necessary to realise the vision. This workshop will focus ...
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Salons Edile Pays-de-la-Loire
3rd Oct 2012 - 4th Oct 2012

3rd & 4th October, Nantes, France On the 3rd and 4th of October the European Green Capital for 2013 Nantes will host the Salons Edile Pays-de-la-Loire. The event is a an exhibition aimed at stakeholders and decision makers of public procurement (EPCI - public institution for intercity cooperation - presidents, mayors, deputy mayors, vice-presidents, councillors and community representatives, officials and ...
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Global Green Growth Forum
8th Oct 2012 - 9th Oct 2012

8th and 9th October 2012, Copenhagen The second Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) will take place on the 8th and 9th of October in the European Green Capital for 2014 – Copenhagen. 3GF is a partnership between the Governments of Denmark, Korea and Mexico, leading global corporations and international organisations. The aim of the Forum is to give momentum ...
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The Sixth World Urban Forum
1st Sep 2012 - 7th Sep 2012

1st - 7th September 2012, Naples, Italy This year Naples will host the sixth World Urban Forum. The event is organised jointly by UN-Habitat, the Government of Italy the Campania Region and the City of Naples and will run from the 1st to the 7th of September. This year’s theme is The Urban Future and over 3,000 participants from 114 countries ...
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5th International Scientific Conference on "Energy and Climate Change"
11th Oct 2012 - 12th Oct 2012

11-12 October 2012, Athens, Greece The PROMITHEAS Conference is an annual conference for scientists and researchers working in the area of energy and climate change policy. It began in 2008 with the 1st PROMITHEAS Conference titled “Energy Investments and Trade Opportunities”. This two day event focused on political and scientific topics. This ...
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Port Cities as Hotspots of Creative and Sustainable Local Development
1st Sep 2012 - 2nd Sep 2012

1st – 2nd September, Naples, Italy The city of Naples will host this year’s conference on Port Cities as Hotspots of Creative and Sustainable Local Development on the 1st and 2nd of September. The conference is being held by the University of Naples, with partners such as UN Habitat, Habitat Universities and Urban Campaign.
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Environmental Sustainability in the Workplace
28th Sep 2012

28th September, London The average person spends a third of their day in their workplace. Throughout the day energy is consumed by lights, air conditioning and computers; waste is generated from food, paper, water packaging and inefficiencies. Many companies are realising the benefits of implementing a sustainability strategy in their buildings and have seen improvements in their waste, consumption and costs. On ...
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European Green Capital Award Workshop
29th Aug 2012

29th August, Brussels On the 29th of August, the European Green Capital Award is hosting a workshop for applicant cities in Brussels. Here representatives from hopeful cities can learn more about the award and what their city can do to become the next Green Capital. The European Green Capital Award ...
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4th International Conference of Ocean Energy
17th Oct 2012 - 19th Oct 2012

17th-19th October 2012, Dublin The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), in association with the International ICOE Committee, the European Ocean Energy Association and the IEA-OES, is hosting the 4th International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE) from Wednesday 17th to Friday 19th October 2012, at the Convention Centre Dublin. The event occurs every two years and is focused on the ...
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16th Aug 2012 - 19th Aug 2012

16th-19th August 2012, Vitoria-Gasteiz This year the European Green Capital 2012 Vitoria-Gasteiz is welcoming families from all over the world to enjoy a different type of holiday. As part of the Family Tourism Week, the Green Capital is hosting Greenkana from the 16th to the 19th of August. This event encourages ...
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Green Festival
29th Sep 2012 - 30th Sep 2012

29th – 30th September, Washington DC Green Festival is the largest sustainability event in the world and is the brain child of Green America and Global Exchange. Green America is a not-for-profit membership organisation that aims to harness economic power to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. Global Exchange is an international human rights organisation dedicated to promoting social, ...
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Covenant capaCITY Conference
18th Sep 2012 - 19th Sep 2012

18th -19th September, Malmö, Sweden Covenant capaCITY began in June 2011 and is a 3 year project co-funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme. The focus of the project, which will end in May 2014, is to provide support for local governments in Europe throughout the Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) development. The project is a result of the urgent need ...
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4th International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC)
26th Aug 2012 - 30th Aug 2012

26-30th August 2012, Davos, Switzerland 4th International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC) The International Disaster and Risk Conference is a biennial conference that attempts to find solutions to today’s challenges in managing risks, reducing disasters and adapting to climate change. This year’s conference is titled “Integrative Risk Management in a Changing World”. The evidence of climate change cannot be ignored. The global society ...
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8th ESDN Workshop
22nd Nov 2012 - 23rd Nov 2012

22-23 November 2012, Brussels This year will mark the 8th ESDN Workshop. It will take place in Brussels from the 22nd to the 23rd of November. The theme of this year’s workshop is "Financial Markets, Institutions and Policies in the Context of Sustainable Development Policy - Dimensions, Issues and Actors of an Emerging Sustainable Development Strategy Arena". The aim of the ...
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CIVITAS Forum 2012
24th Sep 2012 - 26th Sep 2012

24th-26th September 2012, Vitoria-Gasteiz This year the European Green Capital Vitoria-Gasteiz is hosting the CIVITAS Forum 2012. This will be the 10th consecutive year for the forum and there is no doubt that Vitoria-Gasteiz will make an excellent host for the event.  This year it will be a joint event marking the CIVITAS Plus Final Conference and will reflect on four ...
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24th Sep 2012

24th September, Vitoria Gasteiz, Spain The CIVITAS Awards are Europe’s highest awards for clean urban transport. The award is broken into three categories: Technical Innovation, Public Participation and CIVITAS City of the Year. The awards are an annual event and are held during the CIVITAS Forum’s Annual Conference in this year’s European Green Capital – Vitoria-Gasteiz. The award was founded ...
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ACR+ European Waste and Resource Conference Days & General Assembly
7th Nov 2012 - 8th Nov 2012

7-8th November, Brussels Waste is a rising concern for the entire world. The increase in wealth and the progress in the consumer industry have led to a steady increase in waste. The European Union alone produces 3 billion tonnes of waste a year. That equates to 6 tonnes of solid waste per person annually. Approximately 90 million tonnes of European waste ...
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European Mobility Week
16th Sep 2012 - 22nd Sep 2012

16th – 22nd September 2012, Europe The European Mobility Week is the most widespread campaign on sustainable mobility in the world. It takes place annually from the 16th to the 22nd of September. The aim of the campaign is to get local authorities involved in directly encouraging their citizens to make more sustainable transport decisions. So far over 100 cities have ...
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Smart Cities and Communities Communication Launch Conference
10th Jul 2012

10th July 2012, Brussels June 2012, Amsterdam This year’s Communication on Smart Cities and Communities will be held in Brussels on the 10th of July. The conference will focus on the role of energy, transport and Information communications Technology (ICT) in the development of a smart city. The Communication intends to set a reinforced EU policy framework across the three sectors ...
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Resilient Cities Conference
12th May 2012 - 15th May 2012

12-15 May 2012, Bonn, Germany This is the 3rd Resilient Cities Word Congress is taking place between the 12-15 May, in Bonn, Germany. The focus of this year’s congress is on urban resilience and adaptation. While cities make efforts to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and increase urban energy-efficiency, they ...
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Land life week – the First European Land Stewardship Week
28th Sep 2012 - 7th Oct 2012

28th September – 7th October 2012, Europe This autumn, between the 28th of September and the 7th of October, LANDLIFEWEEK- the First European Land Stewardship Week will take place. The campaign aims to raise awareness about the importance of care for the earth and its wealth of natural and cultural resources through events throughout Europe. Public agencies, volunteers, education intitutes and ...
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4th International IUPAC Conference on Green Chemistry
25th Aug 2012 - 29th Aug 2012

25th – 29th August, 2012, Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) will this year hold its fourth international conference on green chemistry. The event will span from the 25th to the 29th of August and will be held in Foz do Iguaçu, a city widely acknowledged as the most beautiful tourist destination in Latin ...
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Green Economics Conference 2012
18th Jul 2012 - 22nd Jul 2012

18th -22nd July 2012, Oxford, UK This July the University of Oxford, UK, hosts the seventh annual Green Economics Conference. The conference will focus on the themes “Reform and renaissance of economics and its methodology- Green Economics-the solutions for the 21st century” and “Rethinking Growth – Rio+20”. Over the three day conference speakers from different countries and backgrounds will present ...
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The ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings
12th Aug 2012 - 17th Aug 2012

12-17th August Pacific Grove, California This August the 17th ACEEE (American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy) Summer Study on Energy Efficiency Buildings will be held in Pacific Grove, California and will focus on the theme “Fueling the Future with Efficiency”. The event will be attended by experts in the field of sustainable buildings from all over the globe. Delegates will discuss ...
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International Conference on Global Sustainable Finance
5th Jul 2012 - 6th Jul 2012

5-6th July 2012, Karlsruhe, Germany A two-day international conference on Global Sustainable Finance will take place on the 5th and 6th of July 2012. The intention of the conference is to discuss how solutions can be found that will help mitigate the current financial and environmental crises. While the current climate poses many challenges to both the financial and environmental ...
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Going Green 2012
12th Jun 2012

12th June 2012, Prague, Czec Republic The third annual Going Green Conference will be held in the Czec Republic capital, Prague. It is intended that the conference will create a platform for discussion on how the threats of climate change can be mitigated. The conference will be attended by politicians, scientists and representatives from the private sector. The key topics ...
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When Cities breathe, People progress: The Future we, Europe’s Cities and Sub-national level, want
21st Jun 2012

21st June 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil As a side event to this years RIO+20 the European Union's Committee of the Regions is hosting a discussion on sustainable cities. The event, which is titled “”, will be heald on the 21st on June at the Pavilion of the European Union, Park of Athletes, Rio de Janeiro. During the two hour event ...
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Sustainable Foods Summit
7th Jun 2012

7th June 2012, Amsterdam The sixth edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit will take place on the 7th and 8th of June in Amsterdam. This event is part of a series of international summits that focuses on the sustainability of the food industry. This summit will have four dedicated forums discussing: Pioneering Sustainability Initiatives Sustainable Commodities Marketing & Distribution Innovations Food Authenticity The food industry is ...
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ACR+ Launches the Extended Producers Responsibly (EPR) Club
4th Jun 2012

4th June 2012, Brussels On the 4th of June the ACR (Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and sustainable Resource Management) + EPR club will be launched in Brussels. The Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR) Club will provide a forum for key stakeholders and experts to exchange information and debate relevant topics. EPR schemes are developed all around Europe to promote ...
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ICLEI World Congress 2012
14th Jun 2012 - 17th Jun 2012

14th-17th June, Belo Horizonte, Brasil The beautiful city of Belo Horizonte will host this year’s ICLEI World Congress from the 14th to the 17th of June. ICLEI is made of local government members dedicated to sustainable development. The four day event will be attended by Mayors from over 1200 cities, towns and counties worldwide. Among those attending will be a representative ...
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International EWWR Conference and Awards Ceremony 2012
19th Jun 2012 - 20th Jun 2012

19th - 20th June 2012, Paris, France In 2009 the Life+ project launched the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) which is in its third and final year. The aim of the week is to educate people on waste prevention techniques that can be adapted at home, school, work etc. This year’s International EWWR Conference in Paris will mark the end ...
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The Sixth European Water and Wastewater Treatment Conference
9th Oct 2012 - 10th Oct 2012

9th-10th October, Manchester, UK Manchester will host the Sixth European Water and Waste Water Conference this October in The Point, Lancashire County Cricket Club. The event will last two days and will present 50 technical papers examining the problems and solutions in managing modern waste water treatment facilities. The event will focus on state-of-the-art and cutting edge technology and practices. The key ...
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The Second Smart Cities Summit: Creating Smart, Sustainable Cities to Drive Economic Growth
25th Sep 2012

25th September, Dublin, Ireland Dublin will promote the European Green Capital Award when the city hosts the second Smart Cities Conference in September. The conference will examine how Irish cities and regions can join the ranks of Europe’s most economically successful and sustainable cities. The Conference will take place at the Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin City on the 25th of ...
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"Tomorrow's cities – leading the way on sustainable water management?” - A Workshop at Green Week
24th May 2012

24 May 2012, Brussels, Belgium On Thursday, the 24th of May, between 14.30 and 16.00, representatives from the current European Green Capital, Vitoria-Gasteiz, from the 2011 capital, Hamburg and also from the Committee of the Regions will showcase integrated and sustainable water management, including local actions that link water management and energy efficiency. The discussion will focus on cities that are ...
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Award Ceremony, European Green Capital 2014
29th Jun 2012

29 June 2012, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain On the 29th of June, one of the 3 shortlisted cities will be crowned the 2014 European Green Capital. The ceremony will take place in the beautiful Palacio Montehermoso in Vitoria-Gateiz, Spain, the European Green Capital for this year. The shortlisted cities are Bristol, Copenhagen and ...
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Green Week 2012
22nd May 2012 - 25th May 2012

22 – 25 May 2012, Brussels, Belgium From the 22nd to the 25th of May Brussels will host the biggest annual conference on European environmental policy. The conference, now in its 12th year, will focus around the theme of water. Under the slogan “Every drop Counts” the conference will discuss the topic of water through exhibitions, talks and lectures; altogether over 40 ...
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Smart Cities and Sustainability
21st May 2012

21 May 2012, Brussels, Belgium By 2050 more than 70% of the global population will live in cities. They are more economically productive and have a lower environmental footprint per capita than the average for their country. But cities are also struggling with climate change, changes in population and demographics, congestion, healthcare and pressure on key resources. To succeed in the ...
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European and Latin American cities seek synergies in sustainability in Vitoria-Gasteiz
9th May 2012 - 10th May 2012

9& 10 May 2012, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain Rio de Janeiro, Bogota, Hamburg, Frankfurt ... A dozen cities in Latin America and Europe meet from 9 to May 10 in Vitoria-Gasteiz to show that the commitment to sustainability in urban areas is not only possible, but may become the key to economic development.
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European Green Capital Dialogues, the 8th Dialogue
31st May 2012

31 May 2012, Hamburg, Germany The 8th Hamburg European Green Capital Dialogue will present the result of the other seven dialogues that took place during Hamburg’s year as European Green Capital in 2011. The event will also give an outlook of projects that will be undertaken in Hamburg after their year as European Green Capital. The main focus of the event ...
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ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards Showcase and Awards Ceremony 2012
8th May 2012

08 May 2012, Dublin, Ireland The ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards is Ireland’s biggest celebration of youth-led ECO-Action. With over 60 projects on display and over 600 young people present to represent their groups the Showcase & Awards Ceremony will be an energetic celebration of young peoples work in environmental protection, sustainable development and active citizenship.
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Get Smart! Attend the Local Renewables Conference, 2012
25th Oct 2012 - 26th Oct 2012

25-26 October 2012, Freiburg, Germany Share, explore and exchange on how smart grids can be shaped in European cities and towns, optimising local and regional renewable energy sources. Find smart solutions to ensure energy security, stabilise prices and local jobs, supporting local sustainable development. Implement the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) to work on the development of a low-carbon ...
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World Congress on Water, Climate and Energy
14th May 2012 - 16th May 2012

14-16th May 2012, Dublin Ireland Water and energy are critical for our current society and will be of increasing importance in the future. Climate change is forcing us to reassess our energy usage and will have real and substantial impacts on the water cycle. Solving the interlinked challenges of water, climate and energy in a sustainable manner is one of the ...
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European Forum on Eco-Innovation- Scaling-up sustainable construction through value chain innovation.
25th Apr 2012 - 26th Apr 2012

25-26 April 2012, Amsterdam, Netherlands The importance of Eco-Innovation is paramount to a sustainable future, and is something that the European Green capital looks at, as part of the 12 environmental indicators on which applicant cities are assessed. For more information on the environmental indicators for the European Green Capital Award click here Vitoria-Gasteiz, the 2012 European Green Capital, has ...
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International Day for Biological Diversity 2012
22nd May 2012

22 May 2012, Worldwide The United Nations proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. Events celebrating IBD take place Worldwide and this is its 11th year. The theme for this year is Marine Biodiversity. Designation of IDB 2012 on the theme of marine ecosystems provides Parties to the Convention on Biological ...
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Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development
20th Jun 2012 - 22nd Jun 2012

22 June 2012, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil More than 100 presidents and prime ministers, along with thousands of parliamentarians, mayors, UN officials, CEOs, NGO leaders, academics and representatives from many other groups will come together in Rio for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD). The Conference will take place in Brazil on 20-22 June 2012 in Rio de ...
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INSPIRE Conference 2012
23rd Jun 2012 - 27th Jun 2012

23-27 June 2012, Istanbul, Turkey The theme of this year's edition is "Sharing environmental information, sharing innovation". The aim of this year's INSPIRE Conference is, therefore, to look at how innovations in these three areas of Governance, Content, and Technologies have further shaped the landscape of sharing environmental information. The technical program will feature keynote addresses, workshops, and panels, in addition ...
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EuroPCom 2012- 3rd European Conference on Public Communication
17th Oct 2012 - 18th Oct 2012

17-18 October 2012, Brussels, Belgium The conference will bring together communication managers and senior experts of local, regional, national and European authorities to share their strategic insights and practical experiences in actual communication challenges.   The ambition of EuroPCom is to improve public sector communication by sharing best practices among public communicators of major European, national, regional and local institutions, about themes such as ...
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Committee of the Regions European Summit
22nd Mar 2012 - 23rd Mar 2012

22-23 March 2012, Copenhagen, Denmark Over 300 mayors and presidents of regions will undertake to promote a model of sustainable urban development that will help put the European Union in the forefront of the fight against the effects of climate change. Under the title The European urban fabric of the twenty-first century, the Fifth Summit of Europe's Cities and Regions, organised by ...
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Mobility Matters! European Mobility Week
16th Sep 2012 - 22nd Sep 2012

16 – 22 September 2012 Do you have any ideas on how to reduce the emissions from Car transport? Has your town or city put in place any innovative ideas on how to make transport more sustainable? Well European Mobility Week (EMW) could be your opportunity to get involved or get ideas on innovative ways to improve transport in your city! Registration ...
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Environment and Climate Day
28th Mar 2012 - 29th Mar 2012

28-29 March 2012, Haninge, Sweden Every year the municipality of Haninge in Sweden arranges an Environment and Climate Day. This year the day serves to create inspiration and ideas around proactive action for the environment in the week before the world renowned Earth Hour. On the 28th of March 2012 Haninge's Environment and Climate Day will play host to a range ...
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The Round-table Symposium of Eco-city planning and governance Strategies in Taiwan
19th Mar 2012 - 21st Mar 2012

19-21 March 2012, Taipei, Taiwan The European Green Capital secretariat has been asked to participate in a round-table symposium of Eco-city planning and governance strategies in Taiwan. The Symposium is being organised by the Department of Urban and Housing Development of the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), as part of their Eco-City project. It intends to investigate and analyze ...
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EU Sustainable Energy Week 2012
18th Jun 2012 - 22nd Jun 2012

18-22 June 2012, Brussels, Belgium EU Sustainable Energy Week showcases activities dedicated to energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions. It is designed to spread best practices, inspire new ideas and build alliances to help meet the EU’s energy and climate goals. The aim is to form a bigger picture out of multiple individual efforts to motivate change through a varied programme ...
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World Water Day
22nd Mar 2012

22 March 2012, Worldwide International World Water Day is held annually on the 22nd of March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by ...
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The Urban Forum 2012
16th Feb 2012

16 February 2012, Brussels, Belgium The European Commission's recently published proposals for new Regulations in the field of Regional Policy put a strong emphasis on integrated urban development, with a number of important suggestions to ensure that cities play their full role in driving growth in the EU. A key element in these proposals is the Commission's intention to seek a ...
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ICLEI World Congress 2012
14th Jun 2012 - 18th Jun 2012

14-18 June 2012, Belo Horizonte, Brazil The ICLEI World Congress 2012 will deal with the pressing issues facing local governments and urban areas in this unpredictable era of change. The Congress will bring together ICLEI members, local authorities, global strategists, academics and NGO’s. Participants will learn from inspirational speakers and real-life city cases about cutting-edge integrated solutions to the challenges ...
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Human Cities International Symposium
15th Mar 2012 - 16th Mar 2012

15-16 March 2012, Brussels, Belgium The third Human Cities Festival will take place in Brussels from 15 until 30 March 2012. The Festival will begin holding the International Symposium under the theme of “Civil society reclaims public space” on the 15th and 16th March at the Royal Library of Brussels with contributors from independent research groups, networks or institutions from all ...
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Earth Hour
31st Mar 2012

31 March 2012, Worldwide At 8.30pm local time on Saturday 31 March, Earth Hour 2012 will see hundreds of millions of people around the world cross borders of race, religion, culture, geography and society to unite in a single moment of contemplation for the planet and celebration of their year-round commitment to protect it. Now in its sixth ...
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Resilient Cities Conference
12th May 2012 - 15th May 2012

12-15 May 2012, Bonn, Germany This is the 3rd Resilient Cities Word Congress is taking place between the 12-15 May, in Bonn, Germany. The focus of this year’s congress is on urban resilience and adaptation. While cities make efforts to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and increase urban energy-efficiency, they are at the same time vulnerable. Climate change is already leading to ...
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CARE-North Conference
20th Mar 2012 - 21st Mar 2012

20-21 March 2012, Bremen, Germany On 20-21 March 2012, the final CARE-North conference will take place in Bremen, Germany, presenting innovative carbon reduction strategies for urban and regional transport. International experts will link the topic to the EU perspective as well as to the Rio+20 process.   The partners of the CARE-North project – Carbon Responsible Transport Strategies for the North SeaArea ( ...
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