Discover IURC North America

IURC North America matches European cities with Canadian and US cities as partners, tackling similar sustainable urban development and innovation challenges. The project facilitates knowledge-exchange through a combination of online tools and face-to-face support such as study visits, participation in thematic and networking events or capacity building. IURC cities enjoy a full range of benefits including:

“IURC will support city-to-city and networking activities of key sustainable development topics in line with the New Urban Agenda and the European Green Deal. Looking forward to continue our successful cooperation!”


IURC North America Reads

Ottawa Waste Management & Circular Economy Networking Event

Susana ArellanoAug 16, 20222 min read

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…

Study Visit Madrid, Spain in San Diego, USA

Susana ArellanoAug 12, 20224 min read

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:…

Study Visit Bergamo and Rimini, Italy in Aurora, USA

Susana ArellanoAug 9, 20225 min read

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…

Join the IURC NA Thematic Clusters

The IURC NA Thematic Clusters bring together small peer groups from cities facing similar sustainable urban development challenges in a collegial environment where they can share and learn great ideas, best practices, successful pilots, new policy frameworks, and innovative solutions from one another.

IURC NA will be launching the following 3 Thematic Clusters and one open forum:

Mobility & Transport:

  • Technology and policies aiming at emissions reduction and energy efficiency related to transport (Hydrogen transport/Electric vehicles/etc.).
  • Micro mobility and low emission delivery zones.

Education, Jobs & Skills

  • Urban regeneration, entrepreneurship, and innovation centers 
  • Green economy and social inclusion
  • Tourism & Culture in sustainable urban development.

Renovation Wave – Energy Efficiency in Buildings

  • Retrofitting.
  • Green energy for buildings.
  • Equity considerations in climate change planning.

Open forum: Circular Economy & Waste Management

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