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A rising interest in supporting tackling climate change and supporting the wellbeing of their citizens is apparent among the world’s leading cities as they seek new means of reducing emissions and improving the lives of residents. This interest supports our belief that cities will play a crucial role in the development of a sustainable future. Successful cities in the future must be more than mere places of residence or enablers of change. They must take an active role in securing the safety and wellbeing of their residents by becoming “Responsible Cities”.

At its Autumn Forum this year, the World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities will explore what it means to be a “Responsible City” in considering the future of urban life from the perspective of the city as a holistic, evolving entity. The Forum will invite a group of city leaders from major Nordic and Asian cities to discuss the challenges facing the world’s cities in the coming decade.

The 17th bi-annual Forum will be held at the Hanaholmen Culture Center in Hanasaari, Espoo, Finland. The Forum will consider the implications of the growing impact of climate change and how cities govern, serve, and motivate their residents in their efforts towards a better urban life.

The Forum will engage participants through breakout sessions addressing three streams exploring Sustainability, Mobility, and Wellbeing. The WALCC will also organize visits to select sites to introduce visitors to the Finnish companies and cities representing the leading edge in sustainable development.

Follow our website for updates on the agenda as it develops through the summer and fall.

Read more about Responsible Cities in our July newsletter

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Programs

Reframing City Districts (ReCiDi)

A research project conducted by the Universities of Turku and Tampere which aims to form a new conceptual framework which will help shape the collective identity and common vision necessary to realize the future low-carbon and sustainability targets.

Systemic Architectures for Sustainable Urban Innovation (SASUI)

An action learning and research project conducted by Aalto University and the University of Tampere which aimed to form a better understanding of the architectural requirements for successful innovation projects.