The European Green Deal for cities
With the aim of implementing a "green approach" to both human capital and the economy in the sense of sustainability, the project "EGD4Cities - European Green Deal for Cities" has been implemented since September 2020, with a total duration of 24 months.
The project is co-funded by the EU and it aims at a "green approach" to human capital and the economy.
The project, which is co-funded by the European Union under the Erasmus + program - KA2 Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices - Strategic Partnerships for adult education has been undertaken by a consortium that consists of 7 organizations, coming from 6 different European countries.
More specificaly, the coordinator of the project is Kokkalis Foundation (Greece) and the partners are the Hellenic Company for Local Development and Local Government - EETAA (Greece), Enoros Consulting Ltd (Cyprus), PRISM, Promozione Internazionale Sicilia-Mondo (Italy), The Rural Hub CLG (Ireland), Municipality of Burgas (Bulgaria) and Politechnika Bialostocka (Poland).
The EGD4cities program is inspired by existing initiatives, aimed at implementing a "green approach" to both human capital and the economy in the concept of sustainability.
Its vision is to empower local authorities with a "green toolbox" for creating long-term Sustainable Development plans, introducing skills related to the transition to a cyclical and greener economy.
The objective is to involve Local Authorities responsible for a variety of services related to the environment (e.g. waste disposal, air pollution, noise pollution) and which directly affect the health of citizens in a process of changing mentality, by developing green sectoral skills.
This will be succeeded through:
· Informing local authorities about current environmental challenges & educating them on policy and scientific data on the environment and climate change
· Improving green skills through lifelong learning and soft skills (such as strong leadership, etc.) by providing training material to local government staff on how to implement the European Green Deal locally.)
· Mobilizing local authorities for continuous and high-quality training for their executives, as well as for recognition in Greece and Europe
As part of the project, the partners held their kick off meeting virtually, where the coordinator of the project presented the project, goals and intellectual outputs, as well as the allocation of responsibilities among partners. The partners have started the implementation of the first intellectual output 'Assessment Methodology for valorizing /creating European Green Deal local policies' (IO1), while they have prepared and sent a questionnaire, in order to explore the level of knowledge on the policies of the European Green Deal, among civil servants or NGO staff. During this period, the partners have also started the implementation of the second deliverable ‘Transformative Mindset Course on EGD4cities’ (IO2).