Circular Economy in Basque country

Categories: Eco Design, Biogenic fraction, Construction Material, Governance, Strategy and Planning, Instruments, Eco Production, Paper, Business models, Legal, Eco Consumption, Economic, Metal, Waste Prevention, Technical and Research, Material fractions, Glass, Plastic, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Communication and Education, EEE, Recycling, Product Service Systems, Wood, Other bulky items, Industrial and Territorial Ecology, Other Fractions, Collaborative Economy

Organisation: 1) Basque Government’s Ministry for the Environment and Territorial Policy; 2) Ihobe (public agency of environment)

Main partners:

  • Udalsarea 21 network
  • Basque eco-design center

Localisation: Basque Country (ES)

Summary

In the case of the Basque Country, boosting the circular economy means committing to “greening” manufacturing, products, consumption and end-of-life, through public-private collaboration. Basque country has a long culture of networking and public-private collaboration and an average to high position on the “regional innovation scoreboard”.

Community gardens in Utrecht

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Governance, Strategy and Planning, Eco Production, Land use, Collaborative Economy

Tags: Utrecht, community gardens

Organisation: Utrecht City

Main partners:

Localisation: Utrecht (The Netherlands)

Summary

In Utrecht in the last few years a great diversity of community gardens has emerged. These include: gardens where young children work together with elderly people, gardens where people with diverse ethnic backgrounds unite, gardens where vulnerable people with severe mental and addiction challenges can find peace and learn to participate in society again, gardens in privileged neighbourhoods as well as in poorer districts, food gardens, educational gardens as well as more creative art gardens.

Bottom-up urban planning in Almere Oosterwold

Categories: Governance, Strategy and Planning, Eco Production, Land use, Collaborative Economy

Tags: urban planning, Oosterwold

Organisation: 1. Municipality of Zeewolde; 2. Municipality of Almere

Main partners:

  • Initiators from Civil society and citizens

Localisation: Almere (The Netherlands)

Summary

Oosterwold is an area of 4,300 hectares to the east of Almere, with space for 15,000 new habitations while still maintaining its green and agriculutural character. The municipalities of Zeewolde and Almere, who together govern the area, have decided to leave the development of this area entirely to private citizen’s initiative.

Ghent Food Strategy

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Governance, Strategy and Planning, Eco Production, Eco Consumption, Waste Prevention, Communication and Education, Water

Organisation: Ghent municipality

Main partners:

 

Localisation: Ghent (Belgium)

Summary

The main goal of Ghent’s food policy is to lessen the negative climate impacts in every step of the food chain and increase the sustainability of the food system. After instating the project ‘Thursday Veggie-day’ [Donderdag Veggiedag], the city wanted to create a strategy that would help towards the goal in making Ghent a climate neutral city by 2050, including its food system. As a result of this commitment, Gent launched the Gent en Garde program in 2013.