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SPREAD Sustainable Lifestyles 2050 European Social Platform

26-27 November 2012, Brussels - Belgium

The SPREAD Sustainable Lifestyles 2050 European Social Platform project (a coordination action supported by SSH), together with its partners, are organising their final conference, Catalyzing Action: EU Sustainable Lifestyles Roadmap & Action Plan to 2050.

SPREAD sustainable lifestyle project is planning a one-of-a-kind gathering that seeks to bridge the gaps between sustainability, lifestyles, entrepreneurship and policy uncovering unique opportunities for innovation, collaboration, and action. The 2-day highly interactive conference will present for the first time, the EU Sustainable Lifestyles Roadmap and Action Plan to 2050.

The roadmap, the final outcome of the SPREAD Sustainable Lifestyles 2050 European Social Platform project, outlines opportunity spaces (for policy, business, innovation, design, civil society, citizens, and research) to foster, enable and accelerate more sustainable living practices across Europe which are critical to achieving Europe's 2020 strategy.

The SPREAD project has defined Sustainable Lifestyles at 8 000 kg of material footprint. It has developed scenarios of four possible futures and pathways to reach the societies that support 8 000 kg sustainable lifestyles. It has identified current trends and promising practice of more sustainable ways living already being revealed today.

This conference is focused on actions for more sustainable living across Europe. It presents a unique opportunity for policy-makers, business, innovators, designers, civil society, citizens, and researchers to accelerate current work and activate new ideas within the Sustainable Lifestyles Roadmap Framework.