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EcCoWell Conference

26th & 27th September 2013, Cork, Ireland

The EcCoWell conference is set to take place in the Irish city of Cork on 26th and 27th September 2013 under the theme: “Cities for the future: Learning from Global to Local”. The City Hall will host the event that is promoted by the partnership between Cork Environmental Forum, Cork Lifelong Learning Festival, City of Cork VEC, Cork City Council, Health Service Executive and Cork Institute of Technology.

Courtesy of EcCoWell Cork

Courtesy of EcCoWell Cork

EcCoWell seeks to integrate strategies in the areas of health, environmental sustainability, economics and education, with the aim of creating a model city that fosters greater equality, social inclusion and quality of life for people in the Cork region.

The EcCoWell conference aims to bring together government representatives, voluntary and community sectors, researchers, as well as academics, to describe their experiences, best practices and programs in healthy, green and sustainable cities. Keynote speakers include Joan Devlin, Chief Executive representing Belfast Healthy Cities & Head of WHO European Healthy Cities Network; Jose Ignacio Arriba responsible for the European Green Capital 2012 Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council’s Energy Agency; Professor Michael Parkinson CBE, Director of the European Institute for Urban Affairs; and Professor Michael Osborne, Co-leader of Social Justice, Place and Lifelong Education Research Cluster, Director of CRADALL (Centre for Research and Development in Adult and Lifelong Learning) and Co-director of PASCAL, School of Education, University of Glasgow.

Running parallel to the conference, workshops and site visits are also planned; providing a unique platform for debating ideas, sharing best practices, and working towards sustainability in order to deliver better quality of life to dwellers.

More information on the EcCoWell conference is available here.

European Green Capital Award

The European Green Capital Award recognises the important role that local authorities play in improving the environment and provides an incentive for cities to inspire each other and share best practices. Applicants for the award are assessed by an Expert Panel and shortlisted cities are invited to present their vision, action plan and communication strategy to the Jury. Energy performance is one of 12 environmental indicators assessed.

Vitoria-Gasteiz held the European Green Capital title in 2012 due to its outstanding environmental performance. Not only is its energy management remarkable but its direct links to tackling climate change and air quality was also praised by the Jury. Therefore we believe that the participation of Vitoria-Gasteiz in the EcCoWell conference will inspire and support Cork as they evolve towards greener future.

For more information on the European Green Capital Award click here.

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