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    Enroll now for the MOOC “Co-creating sustainable cities”

    October 3, 2017

    On the 11th of October the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)  CO-CREATING SUSTAINABLE CITIES  will take place and City-zen’s Virtual Power Plant will be featured in it! Learn about the dynamics of co-creation and the key principles of citizen interaction. Sustainability is a result of the interplay between technology, policy and people’s daily lives. Understanding this interplay is […]

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  • Prof. Arjan van Timmeren

    Lecture urban transition by prof. van Timmeren en Dr. Martin now online available

    September 26, 2017

    Watch the lecture prof. Arjan van Timmeren (AMS institute) and Dr. Craig Martin (TU Delft) gave on September 11th (2017) at the Delft University of Technology about urban transitions.  On 11 September, prof. Arjan van Timmeren (Environmental Technology & Design) talked about cities, knowledge institutions, citizens and industries working together on advanced metropolitan solutions. Examples e.g. […]

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  • The Low Carbon Lounge - chatting space for citizens - Carbon Active

    The secret to citizen engagement. Lessons from a Manchester success story.

    September 25, 2017

    Does your project’s success depend on the involvement of citizens? But are you struggling to interest or motivate them for subjects you are passionate about, such as clean energy, smart cities or sustainability? Last March, when visiting Manchester, we had the pleasure of meeting Dave Coleman, co-founder and Managing Director of the Carbon Literacy Project (and member […]

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    SAVE THE DATE – City-zen days from 31 january to 2 february 2018 – Grenoble (France)

    August 17, 2017

    Grenoble invites you to experience the heart of its energy transition from 31 January to 2 February 2018. We have launched our call for contributions to our City-zen partners and to the Grenoble community that is involved in the energy transition. Together we provide you with a new collaborative content within a program around the […]

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    Why carefully designed clean energy plans often end up in the trashcan

    July 11, 2017

    You thought you were doing a good job. Together with your team, you have been carefully designing a plan to connect one of the city’s districts to a specific clean energy solution that could bring down carbon emissions drastically. But all of a sudden the grid operator says no: making the necessary adjustments is too […]

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    Sneak preview of soon to be published key-barriers-to-energy-transition research

    What does it take to realize clean energy in cities? What barriers do we need to remove to make it happen? Last year the Amsterdam Centre for Energy (University of Amsterdam), DNV GL and La Metro examined which economic and regulatory barriers the various City-zen projects experience when trying to achieve a fossil free city. […]

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  • SCIS policy session at EUSEW 2017

    A look back at #EUSEW17: inspiring speakers, compelling conversations and smart city storytelling

    July 4, 2017

    by Yana Pargova, Project Manager, GOPA Com – 03 July 2017 Original article Another great edition of EU Sustainable Week is behind us! The event offered three dynamic days filled with interesting discussions, inspiring speakers and conversations that you wished would never end. We, the Smart Cities Information System’s (SCIS) team, had more excitement than […]

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  • deelnemer John van der Putten en wethouder Choho

    Innovative home battery project in Amsterdam in the spotlight

    June 27, 2017

    On Friday 23rd of June, City-zen’s innovative home battery project (virtual power plant)  in the Amsterdam Nieuw-West district enjoyed the spotlight when not only Amsterdam Alderperson Abdeluheb Choho visited John van der Putten, one of the participants, but also various Dutch media paid attention to it. Citizen partners Alliander, Exe and Greenspread are working together […]

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    Enery saving in progress! City-zen @ seminar Smart Buildings in a Smart City Prague.

    June 6, 2017

    “Save water: share your shower” /  “This designer bag is yours to use during your stay (and much cooler than disposable plastic bags)” These were just some of the nudges in my room at the Mosaic House in Prague, a  former office building that has been turned into a BREEAM excellent hotel, where I was invited […]

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    Menorca : beautiful island today, sustainable island tomorrow

    June 1, 2017

    By Igor Taranic, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), with contribution from Dr. Craig Lee Martin, TU Delft 30 May 2017 Original article In the last week of April I had the pleasure to participate in the CITY-ZEN Roadshow in Menorca, one of the Spanish Balearic islands. The event named “Menorca – a sustainable island […]

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