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

Study visit Zaragoza, Spain in Ottawa, Canada

Susana ArellanoJun 24, 20223 min read

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…

Study visit Pittsburgh, USA in Dortmund, Germany

Susana ArellanoJun 23, 20223 min read

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…

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

Susana ArellanoJun 21, 20223 min read

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…

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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