Cities set the course of the Alliance by deciding the topics and challenges to be addressed. Annual challenge support cycles provide the expertise, partnerships and collaborative space they need to tackle their green and just transition goals.


Climate urgency response – piloting inter-departmental collaboration for integrated city action

City of Dortmund, Germany

To ensure citywide climate protection efforts, the Dortmund city council has committed to consider the climate impact of all decisions and prefer solutions with positive effects on climate and environmental protection. Within the next six months, climate considerations need to be systematically integrated into all areas of local government operations and policymaking. In addition, social equity considerations are to be incorporated in climate protection measures.

Understanding refuge – an equity planning framework for developing Buffalo as a climate haven

City of Buffalo, USA

With abundant access to water, a cool climate and a low risk to be affected by the worst impacts of climate change like sea level rise, heat waves or severe storm events, Buffalo has been rated a safe destination for climate migration. Acknowledging the opportunity of these favorable conditions to revitalize the local economy, Buffalo’s Mayor recently announced Buffalo as a climate refuge and invited migrants to the city.

Workforce development – seeking new employment models to foster the renewable energy transition

City of Pittsburgh, USA

A new energy procurement platform will enable Pittsburgh’s buying cooperative to shift to renewable energy. This will substantially increase shares of renewable power, but also provide local workforce development benefits in the area of solar, wind and hydro energy. A major aspect of this process will be building a workforce in the renewable energy sector as part of Pittsburgh’s economic development strategy.

Inclusive roadmap design – planning a Circular Turku with and for local residents

City of Turku, Finland

As part of the “Circular Turku” project, the city is bringing together different circular economy efforts to collaboratively design an action plan to achieve zero emission, zero waste and a low ecological footprint by 2040. Residents’ engagement activities will play a strong role in the project and the city is interested in learning more about embedding social equity into the action plan.

Zero Waste – The lifestyles and public participation aspects of garbage

E-Town, Beijing, China

As one of 16 zero-waste pilot cities and districts in China, Beijing E-Town is developing a roadmap to control the increase of industrial solid waste, completely utilize agricultural waste and prohibit illegal dumping of solid waste. Public participation will be a key pillar of the roadmap to ensure public acceptance of future zero-waste measures and support more sustainable lifestyles.


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