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!”

– ANA GUALLARTE, FPI PROGRAMME MANAGER-EU DELEGATION CANADA

IURC NA Pairings and Trios


IURC NA Recap 2021-2023


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Baltimore and Turin Consolidating Exchange of Innovative Business Solutions for Social Impact

IURC North AmericaJul 7, 20214 min read

Baltimore City, through the Baltimore Development Corporation, has entered into a formal partnership with the City of Turin through the Torino City Lab to promote social innovation in both cities. The…

San Diego & Strasbourg, France

IURC North AmericaJan 30, 20214 min read

Sustainable urban mobility, activation of public spaces & social inclusion CITY-TO-CITY COOPERATION RESULTS “The success of this [partnership] is that it opened our minds.” – MIKE HANSEN, CITY OF SAN…

Ottawa & Malmö, Sweden

IURC North AmericaJan 30, 20213 min read

Reducing GHG emissions; Retrofitting buildings; Models of inclusiveness in revitalization districts; One Planet living CITY-TO-CITY COOPERATION RESULTS Inclusive Economic Development The City of Malmö was interested in learning from Ottawa’s…

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. If your city is interested in learning and transferring knowledge please register.

Mobility & Transport:

Technology and policies aiming at emissions reduction and energy efficiency related to transport. Micro mobility and low emission zones.

Education, Jobs & Skills

Urban regeneration, entrepreneurship, and innovation centers. Green economy and social inclusion.

Renovation Wave – Energy Efficiency in Buildings

Retrofitting, green energy for buildings, and equity considerations in climate change planning.

Circular Economy and Waste Management

Circular Economy frameworks & policies and cities supporting circular business practices.