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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Master Class Series Cities Supporting Cities: Towards Circular Economy Concepts, Frameworks, and Actions

IURC North AmericaJan 24, 202311 min read

Our webinar series, Cities Supporting Cities: Towards Circular Economy Concepts, Frameworks, and Actions led by IURC NA in partnership with Fort Collins, USA, intends to guide participants on how to start or…

IURC-NA Study Visits Fall 2022

IURC North AmericaJan 23, 20235 min read

The IURC NA program organized the return learning exchange study visits to Zaragoza, Mannheim, Braga, Madrid, and the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona during the fall of 2022. The agendas focused…

IURC NA- Zaragoza Sustainable Urban Mobility & Transport Event

IURC North AmericaDec 12, 20222 min read

10 – 11 November 2022 On 10th-11th November, a cohort of 14 IURC cities gathered in Zaragoza, Spain, to create professional connections and networks while facilitating knowledge sharing on Sustainable Urban Mobility…

Bergamo Wins Urban Award 2022 for Cycling Projects and Infrastructure

IURC North AmericaDec 8, 20222 min read

Bergamo has won the Urban Award 2022, the prize that the National Association of Italian Municipalities gives to the city that stands out for the best sustainable mobility projects. A…

Study Visit Aurora, USA, in Bergamo and Rimini, Italy

IURC North AmericaNov 15, 20228 min read

20 – 24 June 2022 The cities of Bergamo and Rimini, Italy, and Aurora, USA, undertook their second study visit as part of the IURC program. Two delegates from each city…

Study Visit & WUF11 Metropolitan Kansas City, USA in Metropolis GZM, Poland

Karen ClawsonOct 31, 20226 min read

29 June – 1 July 2022 Last year, Climate Action KC joined the European Union’s International Urban and Regional Cooperation (IURC) program and was matched with an EU counterpart region as part of…

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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.