Author: Franziska Walther


Ottawa Waste Management & Circular Economy Networking Event

IURC NA, in partnership with the City of Ottawa and the EU-funded project Reducing Plastic Waste in Canada, held on June 2nd and 3rd, 2022, the Waste Management & Circular Economy Networking Event in Ottawa, Canada. Approximately 50 representatives from Spain, Poland, Italy, the USA, and Canada gathered to work on managing plastic at various levels of government level, developing strategies...

Study Visit Madrid, Spain in San Diego, USA

31 May – 2 June 2022 Three delegates from Madrid, Spain, traveled to San Diego, USA, to complete their first study visit to learn best practices and share challenges on: Sustainable Urban Mobility and TransportNature-Based Solutions The morning of Tuesday, May 31st started with a welcome from the San Diego delegates, who provided a general overview of the city's geography,...

Study Visit Bergamo and Rimini, Italy in Aurora, USA

23 – 25 May 2022 The cities of Bergamo and Rimini, Italy, undertook their first study visit as part of the IURC program in Aurora, Illinois, in the US. The five Italian delegates focused for three days on their agreed thematic areas of cooperation: Sustainable Urban MobilityNature-Based SolutionsCulture and Tourism On Monday, May 23rd, Mayor Richard C. Irvine welcomed the...

Study Visit Barcelona Metropolitan Area, Spain in Boston and Northern Virginia, USA

25 – 29 April 2022 The visit from Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB), Spain, to Boston and Northern Virginia, USA, was the first between three cities/metro areas as part of the IURC North America Program. The five visiting delegates from Spain, along with three representatives from the US, spent an entire week exchanging experiences and best practices around: Renovation Wave -...

Study Visit Braga, Portugal to St. John’s, Canada

19 – 21 June 2022 The study visit kicked off with a reception by St. John´s Mayor to the delegation of Braga for an exchange of ideas and proposals for goals and interests shared by both cities. For this first study visit in St. John´s, Canada, the paired cities focused on the following Joint Areas of Cooperation: Nature-based solutions: urban...

Early Success Story from IURC North America and Much More

The pairing between Braga, Portugal, and St. John's, Canada, selected Urban Agriculture as one of their thematic areas of cooperation. During the study visit to St. John's in June 2022, the delegates from Braga visited the O'Brien Farm Foundation. This initiative is the last original Irish family farm in the city and is now being transformed into an educational hands-on start-up...

Study visit Zaragoza, Spain in Ottawa, Canada

30 May – 01 June  2022 This first study visit between the paired cities kicked off with a reception by Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson to the delegation of Zaragoza and Dr. Melita Gabrič, head of the EU Delegation in Canada, for an exchange of goals and interests shared by both cities. Three delegates from the city of Zaragoza, Spain visited...

Study visit Pittsburgh, USA in Dortmund, Germany

2 – 4 May  2022 The cities of Pittsburgh, USA, and Dortmund, Germany, held their first study visit in Dortmund from May 2-4, 2022, to share experiences around the following Joint Areas of Cooperation: Renovation Wave – Energy Efficiency in BuildingsSustainable Agriculture – food systems – urban gardensSustainable Urban Mobility & Transport – electric vehicles for public transport The exchange...

Study Visit Metropolis GZM, Poland in Metropolitan Kansas City, USA

4-6 April  2022 The first study visit from Metropolis GZM, Poland, and Metropolitan Kansas City, USA, took place from April 4-6, 2022. They focused on the following Joint Areas of Cooperation: Renovation Wave - Energy efficiency in BuildingsEducation, Jobs & Skills – Demographics, clusters, innovation centersMobility & Transport - Streets 4 people, superblocks, metropolitan connections On the first day of...

Innovative Local Economic Development

Our webinar series on Education, Jobs, and Skills involve IURC-NA cities and key stakeholders in a peer-to-peer learning environment to discuss and share challenges and best practices to build long-term learning, networking, and working relationships. This second session focused on Innovative Local Economic Development- Programmes and Strategies for Post Covid-19 Recovery. The session was moderated by Tricia Hackett, Senior Sustainable...