European Dialogue for Sustainable Cities is a brand new dialogue series with a heated debate on European cities’ environmental solutions, innovations, and cooperation models amid an ecological crisis and corona pandemic.

The discussions feature experts from cities, researchers, companies, NGOs, and students. Each episode also represents an EGCN quest of the month – a previous winner of the European Green Capital Award. The next episode will be live on May 5.



Episode 4: Noise| 5.5. at 14:00-15:00 (CET)

The episode will be live on the YouTube channel of the City of Lahti.

Previous episodes

Episode 3: Biodiversity | 7.4. at 14:00-15:00 (CET)

Hot as biodiversity! Everyone talks about it after ”Super year of biodiversity 2020” and much because of pandemia, but who really understands what increasing biodiversity means on a city-scale.

But in which direction are we going in European cities considering biodiversity in different scales (alpha, beta and gamma diversity)? What the scientific community thinks about the role of cities in species loss now and in the future?

The guests of the third episode featured Ton Verhoeven, Policy Advisor in Water and Climate Adaptation, Municipality Nijmegen, Ville Niinistö, Member of the European Parliament (Greens/EFA), Jussi Nikula, Conservation Advisor, WWF Finland, Ian MacGregor-Fors, Professor, University of Helsinki and Helka Sillfors, Environmental Director, City of Heinola.
Watch the episode here.

Episode 2: Eco-innovation | 3.3.2021 at 14:00-15:00 (CET)

Eco-innovation is a new or significantly improved product, process, or strategic and on the ground change that reduces the use of natural resources and eases economic and social burdens throughout a product’s entire life cycle. But how do these innovations really contribute to “green growth”? What are the ways eco-innovations lead to actual environmental improvements?

The guests of the episode featured Katarina Luhr, the Vice Mayor for Environment and Climate from the city of Stockholm (First European Green Capital in 2010), coordinator Sena Segbedzi from OECD’s Champion of Mayors for Inclusive Growth, senior advisor Timo Mäkelä from the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra and Simo Säynevirta, the head of the ecosystem activities in ABB’s Green Electrification 2035 program.
Watch the episode here.

Episode 1: Sustainable Urban Mobility | 3.2. 2021 at 14:00-15:00 (CET)

The guests of the first episode featured Miguel Feliciano Gaspar, Deputy Mayor of Lisbon, the European Green Capital 2020, who discussed the city’s mobility solutions. Finnish MEP Henna Virkkunen talked about how to invest in sustainable development in the EU’s economically challenging situation. Also, we will heard about the personal emissions trading scheme tested by the residents in Lahti, narrated by project manager Anna Huttunen and LUT University’s assistant professor Ville Uusitalo. The first episode also featured Lior Steinberg, an urban planner and co-founder of Humankind, who wants to accelerate the transition towards more humane and kind cities.
Watch the episode here.