Green Cities of YOUth

Increasing the role of young people in the development of sustainable cities





Youth Council

Young councillors with speaking rights

A youth council is a group of young people who come together to discuss and work on issues that affect their communities. These councils can be formed on a local or regional level and typically consist of individuals between the ages of 13 and 25. The purpose of a youth council is to provide a platform for young people to have their voices heard and to become actively involved in the decision-making process. Youth councils often work on issues such as education, employment, health, social justice, and the environment. Being a part of a youth council can help young people develop leadership and communication skills, as well as provide opportunities for personal growth and networking. Additionally, youth councils can have a significant impact on the policies and decisions made by local governments and organisations.

Costs: €

Regions in Transition

Community based solutions

Think globally - act locally. That is the idea behind the project "Regions in transition". During a guided process, the citzens in a region come together to share their ideas and work together for the socio-ecological transformation of their community, village or neighborhood, and thus shape the local change in a sustainable way. Each individual brings a certain potential that can be used for the change, Regions in Transition offers the possibility of optimal networking to include all resources in the best possible way.

Costs: € - €€€

Includes potentially all SDG's

Green Mapping

Citizens explore and share "green aspects"

The making of the original Green Map in New York City was inspired by the United Nations Earth Summit in 1992. The purpose was to draw attention to every green project, policy and place in town, and encourage people to utilise them for community wellbeing and a healthier, lower impact life. That first "Green Apple Map" gave everyone a fresh perspective on New York and inspired other environmental groups, local communities, universities etc. to explore their neighbourhood as well and map the available resources of green living and sustainability. Making a Green Map is usually a collaborative, locally-led project, organised by a core team and involving the wider community in the process. An interactive mapping platform of Green Map Network supports interested mapmapers with specific graphics and icons which have recently been matched with Sustainable Development Goals as well. Besides the learning effect for the mapmapers, Green Maps are untimatley to inform residents, tourists, students, planners, policy makers or other kinds of users.

Costs: €-.. (costs can include staff, printing, events, marketing, etc)

Participatory Budget

Citizens decide how the local budget is spent

Participatory budgeting is a democratic process that allows citizens to have a say in how public funds are spent. It involves a collaborative decision-making process that empowers citizens to propose and vote on projects that they believe would benefit their community. In participatory budgeting, citizens are invited to attend public meetings, discuss their ideas for community projects, and work together to develop proposals that can be funded through the public budget. The proposals are then reviewed by experts and made available for public voting. The projects that receive the most votes are then implemented. The goals of participatory budgeting include increasing transparency and accountability in public spending, promoting civic engagement and community building, and addressing social and economic inequalities by ensuring that public funds are allocated in a way that benefits the entire community.

Costs: €€ (for digital infrstructure)