Successes

The Green New Deal has achieved initial successes in many places throughout Europe.

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13.01.2015Eco-sensible fashion collections by Estonian designer Reet Aus

Reet Aus is an Estonian fashion designer whose lines are all made from up-cycled textiles and ethically produced organic fabrics. Reet’s goal is to keep up with her own personal environmental standards in her work, and the purpose of her designs is to give life to old materials and objects.
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15.12.2014Good biking karma from Copenhagen

The Danish capital Copenhagen has set itself the ambitious goal to be the world’s best city for cyclists. The city has succeeded with making biking a truly attractive transportation mode
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27.11.2014Grenoble bans advertising – a Green campaign success

A Green Mayor in France is standing up to the privatisation of public space by banning advertising. 
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10.11.2014Cleaning Day in Finland: sustainable consumption and a sense of community

Siivouspäivä, which in Finnish language means ‘cleaning day’, is a day when flea markets and recycling spots take over the city streets. It turns the cities and neighborhoods into vivid secondhand flea markets.
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20.05.2014Le Mans and the Pays de la Loire, France: Jobs for workers from declining industries

A training programme in Le Mans, a city in the Pays de la Loire region in north-western France, helps unemployed youth and workers employed in declining industries, mainly the automotive industry and its supply chain, to transfer their skills to new jobs in the wind energy sector. 
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20.05.2014London, United Kingdom:Local Communities for green skills and jobs

The green sector in the UK is increasingly seen as an important source of growth for the country. In 2011/12, it directly employed nearly a million full-time staff. The sector is expected to create nearly half a million new jobs by 2020.
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19.05.2014Anavra, Greece: Sustainable Local Development for Jobs and Prosperity

The remote mountain village of Anavra in South Eastern Greece has very successfully harnessed the job potential of a green transition.
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19.05.2014Brussels and Wallonia, Belgium: Creating Viable Economies and Local Jobs

Since 2009, Green ministers in two of Belgium’s three Regions, Brussels and Wallonia, have been pushing hard for the development of so-called ‘Employment- Environment’ Alliances in a bid to create green jobs
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19.05.2014Burgenland, Austria: Local, Green Energy and New Jobs

In 1997, the Austrian state of Burgenland set itself the objective of becoming energy- independent by 2050 by generating electricity from locally available renewable sources.
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20.12.2013Kaštela Energy Cooperative

The sunny Dalmatian coast abounds with solar energy. The natural conditions for solar photo-voltaic plants and solar thermal collectors for water heating are perfect. 
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20.12.2013Ban on Shale-Gas in Bulgaria: Bulgarian-Romanian Green Solidarity at Work!

The Bulgarian parliament passed a ban on exploratory drilling for shale gas using the extraction method called ‘fracking’.  
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20.12.2013“A tree for every child”

29% of Romania’s surface is covered by forests, but over the last decades deforestation – in big parts illegal – has been widely spread. 
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20.12.2013How to build an eco-house in time of crisis?

The economic crisis has many side effects: for this young Romanian couple it forced a new innovation trajectory.
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18.12.2013Energy cooperative for the Island of Krk

Imagine an island with zero carbon dioxide emission…fiction or reality?  Reality, if you include the local population in this transformation process.
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13.12.2013Sustainable holidays are possible!

Tourism is a major industry in Spain that all too often has a negative impact on the environment, with massive tourism infrastructure built in coastal areas...
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12.12.2013Jenuino: organic, local & seasonal food via the Internet

Jenuino is an innovative start-up that bridges the gap between organic food producers and consumers via an online interactive platform. 
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12.12.2013Innovation and renewables: wave energy

Converting sea and ocean wave energy is, alongside photovoltaic (PV) energy, one of the best options for the future production of renewable energy.
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02.12.2013Biodiversity conservation: Two examples from Romania

The importance of biodiversity - the millions of biological species which make up our ecosystems - for human health is increasingly recognised. 
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29.10.2013From waste to energy: green savings for small industries

Re.Bi.Co (Compact Biological Reactor) is the first small scale modular biogas plant studied for the processing of different matrices.
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28.10.2013The PEDIBUS project: good for children, good for the environment

PEDIBUS is a "walking school bus", a participatory action that promotes slow-mobility in the journey from home to school.
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29.08.2013Gigha: Community ownership transforms island

Gigha is a small island off the west coast of Scotland that in 2000 faced a possibly terminal decline in population, but..
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16.08.2013Putting access above ownership - Spain’s collaborative consumption initiatives

Over the past ten years, new ways of connecting, creating and sharing have become possible thanks to the internet and the new digital...
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23.07.2013Zéro Gâchis: the challenge to change supermarkets!

Three people from Brittany (France) had a wonderful idea: fight against food waste in supermarkets and help consumers pay less for their groceries. They successfully transformed this idea into a viable economic and social system. 
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03.07.2013Amayuelas de Abajo: the eco-friendly return to the Spanish rural areas

Given the difficult social and economic situation in Spain and with a will to build new and sustainable alternatives, many (young) people are returning...
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11.06.2013The first French energy-plus high school: more than a green building!

In September 2012, the high school Vaclav Havel opened its doors in Bègles, a town of 25 000 inhabitants not far from Bordeaux (Aquitaine, France). Financed by the Region Aquitaine with a budget of €60 million at the initiative of Green mayor Noël Mamère, the building will produce more energy than it consumes. 
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28.05.2013Sustainable food for all: an initiative of the regional level

Food is the first environmental factor that influences the frequency and appearance of certain diseases. The Regional Ministers of Brussels decided to integrate the development of sustainable food systems as a strategic priority for the period 2009-2014.
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23.04.2013The CARMA Project: A bicycle made from cars from the scrapheap

The CARMA Project is a Portugal-based outfit which attempted the feat of making a bicycle almost entirely out of parts and scrap from a disused Mercedes...
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16.04.2013Reduce, reuse, recycle!

Is reaching the goal of zero waste impossible for a municipality? Giorgio del Ghingaro, Mayor of Capannori (Italy) proves that the opposite is true without a lot of money or spectacular actions.
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28.03.2013Sharing Organic Gardens: My Land, Your Hands, Our Produce

“Huertos compartidos” (Shared gardens) is an initiative which aims  to bring in contact people that want to grow a garden but don’t have the land for it, with those who own a land and are willing to temporarily give it away in exchange of sharing the harvest.
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18.03.2013THE RUBBISH DIET CHALLENGE

Can an average person really create zero waste at home? This is the challenge that Karen Cannard, a mother from Bury St Edmunds (UK), decided to take on in 2008
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18.02.2013SOM ENERGIA: more than a successful energy cooperative

Som Energia (we are energy, in English) was started in 2011 when a group of people linked to the University of Gerona (Spain) decided to challenge the current energy model and create a real alternative, a Spanish based energy cooperative.
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19.11.2012Coal Transition in Loos-en-Gohelle

Loos-en-Gohelle, a small town in the North of France, has successfully road-tested a coal-mining transition. 
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16.11.2012Zumbara: Time Banking in Turkey

Time banks are a recurrent phenomenon in the transition movement. The Zumbara initiative in Turkey has already concentrated 2,000 supporters and keeps on growing.
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14.11.2012Reviving Local Economy in Eastern Anatolia

Local and regional organisations in the Boğa Tepe Yaşam Derneği association have helped Turkish farmers in Eastern Anatolia to move ....
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09.11.2012BU-KOOP : An Alternative Model For Organising Economic Activity

Excessive incomes of middlemen in the food industry and the costly mainstream certification of organic products are two of the major problems for small-scale food producers the BU-KOOP project addresses directly. 
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31.10.2012Time Banks in Spain

At a time when unemployment in Spain continues to grow, many local communities have decided to create parallel economies through which people offer and exchange their services using time – working hours - as a currency.
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23.10.2012The passive standard - Sustainable buildings in Brussels

Brussels-Capital Region has developed several measures to improve energy efficiency of buildings through large-scale promotion of sustainable renovation and construction techniques.
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17.08.2012Marine energy takes off in Scotland

On Monday 30 July, the Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Marine Energy Park (MEP) has officially opened. It is located in the north of Scotland, a place known for its fast tides.
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01.07.2012Enabling one million jobs for people with autism

Specialisterne is a Danish social innovation company providing IT consultancy services, the majority of whose employees are people with autistic spectrum disorder ...
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22.06.2012Eole Water: From wind to water

Many people around the world have to live without access to clean drinking water these days. Eole Water has found an innovative solution to tackle the water crisis: a wind turbine that turns condensed air into drinking water.
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11.06.2012Abundance: democratic finance for renewable energy projects in the UK

Abundance is the first investment platform in the UK that allows people to invest for their long term future from as little as £5. 
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31.05.2012What is a Green job?

A green job does not necessarily implies renewable energy sector, new technologies, etc. argues Green UK MEP Jean Lambert. It is about reduced impact on the environment, good working conditions and a decent income.
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23.05.2012A Green economy for the future of Europe

The European Greens are promoting a short video explaining why we need to take the opportunity of the current crisis to foster a Green economy for the future of Europe.
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19.04.2012Dutch animation video about Green solutions for the eurocrisis

The following animation video of the Dutch delegation of the Greens in the European Parliament shows Green solutions for the ongoing eurocrisis.
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08.03.2012The KLIP7 award for a green neighborhood

Creativity and green actions get rewarded in Vienna’s 7th district! Since 2008, the KLIP7 prize for local climate saving projects is awarded once every two years.
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06.03.2012Vienna citizens invest in solar energy

The energy concern WienEnergie launched, in cooperation with the city of Vienna (at the initiative of the Viennese Greens), a new project to increase the contingent of clean energy produced in the city...
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07.02.2012Local cooperatives for renewable energy in the Black Forest

Schönau is a small town in Germany’s Black Forest mountains, with a population of 2,500. The local energy cooperative has however managed ...
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16.01.2012Helsinki expands district cooling

The City of Helsinki owned company Helsinki Energy is world famous for its energy efficient district heating system. Now Helsinki Energy is saving even more energy by building a district cooling system.
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15.12.2011Solaris – green mobility for public services

Solaris Bus & Coach is a Polish enterprise producing a wide variety of public transport vehicles. It has gained a well-deserved reputation in the scope of sustainable industry technologies... 
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14.12.2011Spacerownik – economy greened by conscious consumerism

Designed by a Polish NGO, Polish Green Network Spacerownik guides green-oriented consumers through sustainable businesses in four Polish...
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14.12.2011Częstochowa – reliance on renewable energy policy

Since 2003, Częstochowa, the 13th biggest city in Poland, has been implementing a comprehensive, far-reaching programme aimed at effective...
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14.12.2011PRZETWORY – creative recycling for society, planet and economy

Przetwory is a Polish initiative aimed at the promotion of recycling in spheres such as fine arts, architecture, applied art, jewellery...
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13.12.2011BioBazar – green breakthrough via food revolution

Warsaw BioBazar (BioMarket) is far more than a marketplace with organic products. It is an educational, intergenerational meeting place...
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13.12.2011EKON – green jobs for the disabled, environment and social justice

"Disabled for the Environment EKON" Association enabled hundreds of disabled persons to participate in the labour market on equal basis...
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13.12.2011WAGA – towards equality in local life

In 2009 Polish association for gender quality WAGA has spearheaded a grassroots movement for the implementation of the European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life (EC) in Gdańsk...
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11.12.2011Solidarity with green energy – wind towers in the Gdańsk Shipyard

The Gdańsk Shipyard, the cradle of Solidarity movement and heavy industry centre, is now undergoing green transformation...
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08.12.2011Oulu – the city of winter cycling

Oulu, the biggest university city in Northern Finland, is well known for good cycling opportunities. 
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30.11.2011Växjö on the way to fossil fuel free town

As early as the 1990’s, the Swedish city of Växjö became known as an environmentally friendly municipality, after its decision to become a fossil fuel free town. 
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23.11.2011German village produces 321% more energy than it needs through renewables

The small agricultural village Wildpoldsried in the German state of Bavaria is tells a story of how to achieve community sustainability in the 21st century...
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09.11.2011After the Titanic - giving Belfast shipyards a new lease of life

The Harland & Wolff shipyards in Belfast, Northern Ireland is a place steeped with history. World famous for its construction of the ill-fated Titanic, the shipyards we..... 
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20.10.2011100,000 warmer homes in Ireland

Following its housing boom of the last decade, Ireland was left with a stock of poorly insulated housing, prob....
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02.09.2011Jetcar future Vehicles

The goal of Jetcar Zukunftsfahrzeuge GmbH is to develop and manufacture vehicles with cutting-edge technology and progressive designs.
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02.09.2011First Solar Recyclingprogramm

The solar module manufacturer First Solar has introduced the first pre-funded take-back and recycling program for solar modules.
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02.09.2011Breda - climate neutral by 2040

The City Council of Breda, a town in southern Netherlands, is currently running a project aiming to make the town climate neutral by 2040...
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02.09.2011Forestry support in Ireland – good for jobs and good for the planet

A major expansion of forestry in Ireland in recent years has created hundreds of jobs and helped Ireland reduce its CO2 output. This occurred ...
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02.09.2011The Use of Proceeds from Emissions Trading in the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic, steered by its former Green environment minister, made use of the emission trading mechanism to finance ...
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30.08.2011Irish Greens introduce free pre-school: giving all children the best possible start

The evidence is clear that educational disadvantage can set in at an extremely early age. As Nobel-Prize-winning economists James Heckman... 
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30.08.2011Cutting emmissions through revising Paris's goods transport policy

When taking charge of goods transport in Paris in 2001, Green politician Denis Baupin was tasked with improving the transit of 32 million tonnes...
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30.08.2011Systematic Implementation of Small Scale CHP-Plants

The Frankfurt City Council decided in 1990 that distributed co-generation should become a major part of the City’s climate protection programme...
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30.08.2011Real wages for real work - Brighton & Hove

While most European countries have adopted a statutory minimum wage, in many cases it is at a level insufficient for a standard of living above the pover...
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08.08.2011Carfree city - Vienna

The Viennese Greens created in this project a car free urban quarter in Vienna. In the so called "car-free housing estate” in Vienna Floridsdorf...
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03.08.2011Vienna - The "Day of the Unemployed"

On 30th April, the day before international Labour Day, the Viennese Greens host an alternative event called the "Day of the Unemployed"...
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29.07.2011Miniwaste

Miniwaste, co-financed by the LIFE+ programme, is a project to promote and develop methodologies for organic waste management. One of the main objectives is to...
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15.07.2011Unpackaged

Unpackaged was founded in 2006 by Catherine Conway in the belief that there is a better way to sell products...
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14.07.2011GrünAnTeil

The mission of GrünAnTeil is to beautify urban living with consideration of sustainable criteria...
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14.07.2011Video: Transition

Transition is a holistic approach in the design of a habitat with optimal and sustainable integration of all local conditions...
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14.07.2011Transition Town Berlin

A group of people in Berlin have started in late summer 2008 in their district of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg...
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14.07.2011Spain: restoring the lagoons of Extremadura

The wetlands of Extremadura in western Spain are rich in biodiversity. However, human activities threaten the fragile ecosystem of the Albuera lagoon...
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14.07.2011Hybridkraftwerk Prenzlau - Hybrid power plant Prenzlau

In Brandenburg-Uckermark ENERTRAG has created a unique high-voltage power source for electricity from renewable energy sources...
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11.07.2011Vienna - “Bike-City”

“Bike-City” is a housing project with 99 flats designed around the needs of cyclists, initiated by green councillor Christoph Chorherr...
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11.07.2011Green Cities – Happy People: The example of Graz/Austria

The Greens in Graz put an emphasis in their politics on public transport, pedestrians and cyclists...
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11.07.2011The LIFE Programme best practice examples

The LIFE Programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environmental and nature conservation projects...
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09.07.2011RUSZ – Reperatur- und Service-Zentrum Vienna

R.U.S.Z. developed a strategy of "product life extension by the long-term unemployed”: long-term unemployed, older than...
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08.07.2011Tübingen macht blau

"Tübingen macht blau" is the motto of the urban climate protection campaign, created by Green Mayor Boris Palmer in spring 2008...
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08.07.2011Green Light Graz

After launching the project Green Light, Graz saves €220,000 per year by introducing more efficient street lighting...
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08.07.2011The city of Malmö

The mobility management is high on the agenda in Malmö. The city presents itself as a particularly bicycle-friendly community and works closely with trade...
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08.07.2011GLS Bank

The GLS Bank was the first social and ecological bank in Germany. GLS stands for "community bank for loans and gifts...
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07.07.2011Energiespargemeinden Oberösterreich - Energy saving municipalities in Upper Austria

The initiated energy transition by the member of the provincial government of Upper Austria, the Green Rudi Anschober, can be considered...
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07.07.2011Soft Mobility in the city of Graz/Austria

In 1986 the city of Graz, capital of Austria’s region Styria, implemented "soft mobility" in its urban planning...
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07.07.2011Energy self-sufficient community Feldheim

The energy self-sufficient municipality Feldheim proves that a step towards eco-social economy...
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06.07.2011Europe's largest forest-biomass power plant

The largest forest-biomass power plant was built on the initiative of the Viennese Greens. Since October 2006 the power plant is on the grid...
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06.07.2011100.000-Watt-Solar-Initiative

This Project initiated by the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, environment and energy combined an energy-efficient renovation...
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06.07.2011Graz: first FAIRTRADE-capital in Austria

It began in April 2009 with a council request by Stefan Schneider (Green Party). As a result, the environmental department has been asked...
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05.07.2011GCP – Green Computing Portal

Since 2009 the Green Computing Portal (GCP) tries to green German households regarding IT. The increasing amount of electrical appliances such as computers...
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05.07.2011Initiative for Social and fair procurement in Austria

The aim of the SO:FAIR initiative is to raise the attention of public purchasers and procurers for products from low-wage countries...
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05.07.2011Carsharing

Carsharing or car clubs are models of car rental, where subscribers to the scheme are able regularly rent the car for short periods of time...
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05.07.2011Bicycle Sharing Systems

Bicycle sharing systems are schemes in which bicycles are provided for shared use to individuals who do not own them...
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05.07.2011Congestion Charging

Congestion charging is a system of surcharging vehicles in busy areas during periods of peak demand in order to reduce traffic pollution and congestion...
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05.07.2011BIOWERT Industrie GmbH

Founded in 2005, Biowert Industrie GmbH based in southern Hessen, Germany operates an industrial grass-refinery...
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04.07.2011Rooftop-Farming, Container Farming and Roof-Gardens

Rooftop farming is the practice of cultivating food on the rooftop of buildings and is usually uses hydroponics, aeroponics or air-dynaponics systems...
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04.07.2011Faire Beschaffung - Fair Procurement

"Fair procurement" means that tax money is not invested in exploitative working conditions.
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04.07.2011Lånegarderoben - Clothes Library in Stockholm

The Lånegarderoben is a library for borrowing clothes based in a suburb of Stockholm. The idea is to cut down on textile waste...
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04.07.2011Soft mobility in tourism - Werfenweng/Austria

The municipality of Werfenweng in Austria has a special offer for those arriving by train or leaving the car while on holiday. The "SaMo - Advantage Pass”...
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03.07.2011Green Step

Green Step is a non-profit association which aims to improve the living standard of the rural population in developing countries by using environmental-friendly technologies...
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01.07.2011Prinzessinengarten

Since 2009 the so called “Prinzessinengarten” (princess garden) is situated at Moritzplatz in Berlin's district Kreuzberg...
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01.07.2011PlantoBio – PBÖ Systems GmbH

This company has specialized in sustainability in the area of agriculture and gardening. Materials from renewable resources are produced to avoid the use of plastics...
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01.07.2011The European Week for Waste Reduction

The European Week for Waste Reduction, supported by the LIFE+ Programme of the European Commission, takes place from the 19th to the 27th November 2011...
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01.07.2011No Junk Mail Stickers

The UK Government estimated that in 2002 there was between 500,000 and 600,000 tonnes of paper used for direct mail and promotions...
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01.07.2011Permaculture Switzerland

Permaculture is an approach to designing human settlements and agricultural systems that are modeled on the relationships found...
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30.06.2011Generationen Wohnen - intergenerational facilities

Between 2007 and 2011 three, senior-friendly housing developments with 149 apartments, a senior living community and intergenerational facilities...
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30.06.2011Bio in Bielefeld – A ecological shopping guide

Despite the economic crisis the organic market continues to grow in Bielefeld. The supply of organic fruit at discount stores has increased and the product...
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30.06.2011Community-supported agriculture and Organic vegetable box scheme

Community-supported agriculture (or Community Shared Agriculture) is a socio-economic model of agriculture and food distribution...
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30.06.2011SEKEM Initiative

SEKEM was established in the late seventies in Egypt. On an area of 70 hectares of desert sand biodynamic cultivation of the land started...
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30.06.2011Local Exchange Trading Systems

Local Exchange Trading Systems (LETS) are not-for-profit schemes that enable members of a local community to exchange goods and serves without money changing hands...
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30.06.2011Local Currency

Local currency is a special currency introduced for use in a specific geographical area in order to support local business...
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30.06.2011Ethical Banking

Ethical banks are those which take into account the social and environmental impacts of their loans. Banks play a crucial role in the real economy...
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29.06.2011Immigrants at the Police of Vienna

On the initiative of the Greens together with the Social Democrats, the City of Vienna launched a project within the Police in order to attract immigrants...
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29.06.2011Coupling of contracts to promote women in business

An innovative milestone towards gender equality and especially the closure of the income gap was the so called “Coupling of contracts to promote women in business”...
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29.06.2011Larderbytes – local food

Larderbytes is in operation for more than six years now and is a marketplace for small to medium sized producers...
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29.06.2011RuhrDAX

Unlike in traditional stock exchanges, the values traded at Ruhrdax are free services from businesses for non-profit organizations...
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28.06.2011OKTO TV

Vienna's first “participative television project” OKTO TV was initiated by the Greens. OKTO is a TV station not only for professionals but also...
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27.06.2011Freiburg - City district Vauban

The Vauban city district is a neighbourhood of 5,000 inhabitants built using state of the art ecodesign in south central Freiburg...
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26.06.2011London – Bedzed

The BedZED project in London, completed in 2002, is a zero energy housing development with 99 homes, office space for 100 people and community facilities... 
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26.06.2011Malmö - Bo01/Western Harbour

Bo01 is a new district in the Western Harbour of Malmö with room for 600 dwellings as well as offices, shops and other services...
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25.06.2011Freiburg – “Green city”

The city of Freiburg is internationally known as a leading example for green innovation. The city has drastically cut its greenhouse gas emissions...
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24.06.2011ManagEnergy good practice case study brochures

ManagEnergy is an initiative of the European Commission as part of the Intelligent Energy - Europe (IEE) programme...
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24.06.2011Mädchencafé (girls-café) Neubau in Vienna

Vienna's first girls-café "fl@sh" was opened on the 100th International Women's day...
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23.06.2011Organic vegetable box schemes

At vegetable box schemes customers sign up to have a box of locally produced fruit and vegetables either delivered directly to their homes or to a collection point..
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23.06.2011Energy Cities list of examples

Energy Cities is the European Association of local authorities focusing on energy use....
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23.06.2011The city of Copenhagen

Copenhagen is widely regarded as one of the world’s greenest cities, and often is ranked number one in environmental performance lists. The city plans...
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22.06.2011North East Paris Sector geothermal district heating

A major new project in Paris is to provide renewable heating...
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22.06.2011Samsø Renewable Energy Island

A small island off the Danish mainland with a population of 4,300, Samsø was entirely dependent on oil and coal imports for its energy use....
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22.06.2011Offshore wind industry Bremerhaven

A deepwater port in the north-west region on Germany, Bremerhaven, has been able to dramatically turn around its economic fortunes by transforming itself into...
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17.06.2011Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign projects

The Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign was created by the European Commission in 2005 to showcase activities...
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11.05.2011Carrotmob

On March 29th 2008, Brent Schulkin coordinated the first Carrotmob campaign. He went to 23 convenience stores in San Francisco and identified the store...
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01.01.1970Ireland’s successful cycle-to-work scheme

The benefits of encouraging cycling are clear. Not only is it better for the environment, but it is a healthier option for those who take up pedal power. Cities also benefit...
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01.01.1970The Region of Navarra, Spain: creating jobs and a resilient economy

In the mid-1980s, 86% of energy in Navarra was not locally produced. But today a region that used to be highly dependent on imported fossil fuels with wildly fluctuating prices has instead become a leader in the generation of renewable energies.
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