In the light of new developments related to the coronavirus, the NetWorkshop on Circular Cities>Towns>Villages and Municipal Utilities, originally planned for 1 and 2 April 2020 is postponed and will be rescheduled on a later date. However, the CSCP and Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) have put together an informative and hands-on digital programme to deliver Circular Economy insights and support municipalities in exploring their role as circular change agents.

A selected group of keynote speakers will share their expertise and insights during a 90 min webinar, taking place during the originally planned start of the NetWorkshop.


Circular Economy as European priority – the new EU Circular Economy Action Plan and the role of cities
Emmanuelle Maire, European Commission, Directorate-General for Environment, Head of Unit B1 – Sustainable Production, Products and Consumption

Starting the transition towards a Circular City – Why, how, with whom? The case of Copenhagen
Bo Asmus Kjeldgaard, former mayor of Copenhagen and CEO of Greenovation

Circular city approaches and success stories – Insights and case examples
Simon Clement, Co-ordinator, Sustainable Economy and procurement, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability

Join the Webinar Circular Economy on the City Level on 1 April 2020, 13:00-14:30 – an insightful session helping us to understand the relevance of circularity for cities and municipal utilities, the role of regulation as well as the opportunities and challenges facing municipalities in their journey towards more circularity.

To join the webinar, please register here.

To learn more about circularity in the context of local municipalities, please also check out our Circular Economy Guidebook for Cities.

Please contact Stephan Schaller for further questions.

The German Federal Government has set a clear target: Significant reduction of food waste along the entire food supply chain by 2030. Within the framework of this agenda, the Federal Minister of Agriculture, Julia Klöckner will officialy launch the Dialogue Forum for Reduction of Food Waste in Wholesale and Retail (HandelsforumRVL) on 21 April 2020 in Berlin.

In addition to presenting the objectives of the Dialogue Forum, which include the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal SDG 12.3 that aims to halve food waste in the wholesale and retail sectors, the inaugural meeting will provide a large-scale opportunity for exchange between relevant stakeholders. These include wholesalers and retailers as well as representatives of the food supply chain and civil society actors. One of the meeting’s objectives is to identify effective reduction measures in the wholesale and retail sectors. For this purpose, a call for ideas in the form of innovative, measurable and replicable demonstration projects was launched earlier this year. During the Berlin inaugural meeting, selected ideas will be presented and their plausability as demonstration projects will be discussed.

The strategic role of the wholesale and retail sectors in reducing food waste has been increasingly foregrounded. On one hand, wholesale and retail companies can continue to exploit the existing optimisation potential in their own markets. On the other hand, being a direct ‘bridge to the consumers’ as well as an interface to food production, retail companies in particular can work in both directions towards a more sensible handling of food in society.

The CSCP coordinates and moderates the Dialogue Forum (handelsforumRVL) in collaboration with the Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut and in line with the National Strategy for Reducing Food Waste. The Dialogue Forum, which started work in autumn 2019, is funded bv the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) based on a decision of the parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany via the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) under the Federal Program for Ecological Farming and Other Forms of Sustainable Agriculture.

For more information please contact Nora Brüggemann.

Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash.

What does the ‘good life’ mean to you and how could we collectively create a neighbourhood that makes such a life possible? On 30 August 2020 citizens in the city of Wuppertal will give their suggestions and the vision will be brought to life for one day and beyond. Register now to join the kick off and be part of Wuppertal’s future.

Imagine if citizens could create their perfect city! What would happen if they were given the chance to design public spaces in their neighbourhood? What would happen if actors from civil society, business, culture, politics and administration join forces to foster a movement for a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable city?

The project “Day of the good life” will start this experiment in Wuppertal building on the long history of very active civic engagement in the city. During visioning workshops in several neighbourhoods citizens will create their ideal quarter. This vision will be creatively brought to life as a prototype, supported by local artists. In parallel, citizen engagement strategies will motivate neighbours in the Ostersbaum quarter – where The Day of Good Life will take place – to shape their living environment. In regular network meetings diverse actors will – based on the visions created and the citizen engagement – develop ideas for The Day of Good Life that will show how a city could look. On the event day, 30 August 2020, streets will be blocked and several initiatives, as well as citizens, can use and design the free public space according to their needs and wishes. This event will help to increase the visibility of initiatives committed to creating a better city, as well as motivate citizens who are not yet engaged, to get involved and spark new ideas for sustainable urban development. The visions and ideas will be communicated to local political decision-makers to stimulate a new, sustainable city development and to strengthen the connection between citizens and policy-makers.

The official kick-off of the project takes place on 30 January 2020, at 5-8pm (Hall of the  Nachbarschaftsheim, Platz der Republik 24, 42107, Wuppertal). All interested actors from various fields are invited to join the event.

Please register here by 22 December.

The work of this one year project is designed to continue into the future. It is coordinated by Nachbarschaftsheim Wuppertal, Forum Soziale Innovationen, Büro für Nachhaltigkeit/ Ideaalwerk and the CSCP and funded by Stiftung Umwelt und Entwicklung NRW. A broad network of varrious civil society initiatives is supporting the project: Utopiastadt, Aufbruch am Arrenberg, Bob Kulturwerk e.V., Cronenberg will mehr …, Kreuzkirche, Lernort Wuppertal, Leben Wuppertal Nord, Netzwerk Wuppertals Urbane Gärten, PERSPEKTIVwechsel – Institut für Bildung und Beratung, Transzent.

For more information contact Alexandra Kessler. 

Photo by Nina Strehl on Unsplash

This is your opportunity to learn more about sustainable behaviour change while working and exchanging with peers from all over the world. Building on, and motivated by, an inspiring first round of our capacity building programme on sustainable behaviour change, we are happy to announce that the call for applications for the second round of the Academy of Change is now open! Apply today and secure your place!

We know that humanity is facing unprecedented challenges due to the effects of climate change that are already being felt around the world. To meet emission targets set by governments, with the aim of restricting global warming to below 1.5oC degrees compared to pre-industrial levels, we will need the public to embrace a profound shift in ways of living, alongside systemic changes in other aspects of society.

Acknowledging the challenge and responding to this need is the Academy of Change, a unique capacity building programme on sustainable behaviour change. It is designed for leaders working on climate change and sustainability engagement within the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) sector. The programme enables participants to incorporate evidence-based expertise and insights about citizen behaviours into their strategies and projects, generating greater impact from their activities.

The first round of the Academy of Change was launched in 2017. Looking back, we are proud  to have worked with more than 50 NGOs from around the world, including Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth China and SlowFood International. We have defined elements of a successful behaviour change intervention as well as designed, implemented and tested three pilot interventions on the ground.

Inspired and motivated by the results, we are excited to open the next call for applications for the second round of Academy of Change! The programme is free of charge and will include strategic training, through both in-person workshops and online activities, networking opportunities and coaching sessions. The programme will consist of 7 stages, starting in May 2020 and will run for 4 months. Together we will learn about behavioural and decision-making insights, models and tools of understanding and changing behaviours, designing and implementing behaviour change interventions, as well as learn how to evaluate related impact. The content and facilitation of the programme will be delivered by the initiative partners, in combination with a line-up of high level keynote speakers, academics and experts who will deliver insight throughout the stages. You can find more details about the Academy programme here.

Due to the limited number of places in the Academy, the participants of the programme will be selected through an open application process to ensure a fair, transparent and high-quality selection procedure. A group of 40 professionals working for NGOs across the world will be carefully selected. Applications can be sent until 24 January 2020.

Are you curious and part of an NGO covering sustainability and climate topics? Are you looking for new and insightful approaches to boost the impact of your work and accelerate change in sustainable behaviours that really matter? Then apply for the next round. We are looking forward to receiving your application and driving change with you!

Academy of Change is a non-profit initiative of the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP), Behaviour Change and the International Civil Society Centre (ICSC), funded by the KR Foundation.

For more information on the AoC programme, please contact Mariana Nicolau.