Sorting at the Source: A smart initiative for the management of domestic organic waste in Greece
In Greece, local authorities are responsible for the collection and transportation of sorted and unsorted municipal waste in accordance to the regional waste management plans. To this end, the Municipality of Vrilissia (the first Municiplaity in Attica) has installed a network of 150 brown bins for separately collecting domestic organic waste, as they are the primary source of Municipal waste generation.
The initiative is realized within the framework of “Sorting at the Source”, a pilot program for separately collecting organic waste from households, open vegetable markets and supermarkets for composting, in collaboration with the responsible body for waste management in Attica (EDSNA) and the Attica Region. By the spring of 2017, the Municipality aims to raise the number of bins to 250, so that every household will have at least one separate collection bin within walking distance.
As the success of the program depends on separating compostable materials at the source, namely in the homes and gardens of Vrilissian residents and then disposing them in the brown bins, the Municipality has organized an aggressive informational campaign with the slogan “Say YES to land, NO to landfills”, aiming to inform citizens about the purpose of the program and the benefits of composting in order to get citizens involved.
Since its implementation, “Sorting at the Source” has afforded the municipality to lower its municipal taxes by 5%, while at the same time, 700 tons of waste were NOT buried in the landfills.
EU initiative towards a smarter and more sustainable Europe.
The European Committee of the Regions and the European Commission join forces to support local and regional cooperation Read more...
SMACC partner PBN in Hungary is taking part in Interreg project URBAN INNO.
URBAN INNO focuses on maximising innovation potentials of urban ecosystems. Read more...
European Week of Regions and Cities
What is the place of cultural and creative industries in the regional smart specialisation strategies? Find it out on 13 October at the OPEN DAYS European Week of Regions and Cities!
Registrations to our workshop are open until this Friday 30 September. More Info Here
Smart City Budapest
What is 'Smart City Budapest' Initiative?
Smart City Budapest (SCB) initiative collects mostly grassroots projects and organisations from Budapest which are connected to the smart city concept. SCB initiative aims to introduce best practices from businesses, institutions, non-profit organisations and the people of Budapest. With knowledge transfer our goal is to encourage citizens to take actions for a better city. A city is smart when investments in capital and communication infrastructure fuel sustainable economic growth and a high quality of life, in combination with an efficient use of natural resources. But a smart city doesn't exist without smart (intelligent) citizens. More Info Here
Introducing Design Terminal’s Citylab in Budapest, Hungary Smart city solutions, success in business, sustainability.
The smart city framework comprises all the answers cities need to give to counter the challenges of urbanization. The reinvigoration of our towns and cities requires multitudes of both high-tech and low-tech solutions, which, as an integral part of urban planning, have the potential to bring positives changes to infrastructure or the local population. Difficulties affecting both major cities and rural, disadvantaged areas offer opportunities for the implementation of smart city solutions irrespective of size or population. More Info Here
To 4o Smart Citιes Conference θα πραγματοποιηθεί στην Αθήνα, την 1η Μαρτίου 2016. Το συνέδριο θα διεξαχθεί στην ΟΤΕ Αcademy, Πέλικα & Σπάρτης 1, 151 22 Μαρούσι (περιοχή Ψαλίδι), τηλ: +30 210 6114437, fax: +30 210 6114420.
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Creating your own Smart City Lab: A marathon of knowledge, ideas, and action in Graz, Austria
The SMACC joint staff training sessions took place between the 30th of November and the 4th of December 2015 in Graz, Austria. The sessions have been hosted by SMACC project partner StadtLABOR Gratz. 6 teams of project partners and our SMACC volunteers from Austria, the Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Hungary and the Republic of Serbia have joined forces towards the creation of their own virtual Smart City labs.
Step-by-step, a complete and innovative methodology has been shared with all participants, complemented by experts’ presentations on what an integrated Smart City initiative looks like, the intended results, the tools and the efforts required to come up with a successful Lab. It has been a creative journey for all of us, with splendid results and lots of new knowledge! All Smart City Labs ‘created’ were unique, but of course, there was a ‘winning lab’, and it was the one from Serbia! 5 days of intense work and collaboration have laid down fundamental and valuable aspects for the next steps of our project, the development of the training material for the ‘Smart City Coaches’.
The SMACC project will be presented at the eseia (European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance) TU Graz International Conference, 4-6 April 2016! Find more about eseia and the conference here
Graz for the smartest city in Austria:
An e-learning provision on smart city issues through the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) platform will be available as of the 8th of October 2015. More information (in German) and registrations for participation here
Smart City 360° Summit brings together researchers, industry and urban leaders to discuss the crucial issues around smart cities. The Smart City 360° Summit will take place simultaneously in Bratislava, Slovakia and Toronto, Canada during October 13-16, 2015. Check here for more information
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