ICLEI European Convention 2011 - Cities in Europe 2020 - Enhance sustainability now

 ICLEI European  Convention 

12-14 September 2011 
Brussels, Belgium 

Social events

Brussels is a dynamic international city where cultures meet and mingle. It is widely regarded as the “Capital of Europe”  and is characterised by a rich mixture of architectural styles, from Roman through Gothic to Art Nouveau. Through the social events offered, participants got the opportunity to explore the rich mosaic of historical influences and experience a multicultural city.

Welcome Reception
Salle des Glaces, Egmont Palace - Monday,12 September 2011 at 19:00

All participants were invited to a welcome reception hosted by the Brussels Capital Region, which took place in the grandiose Salle des Glaces of the Egmont Palace, Brussels, frequently used to host foreign dignitaries and located only an eight-minute walk from Bozar. One of the most beautiful and historically interesting buildings in Brussels, the mansion was originally built in the late 16th Century in Gothic architectural style, but was later transformed to Renaissance style and, after sustaining fire damage in the 19th Century, remade again in classical style. 

A jazz band, the Igor Gehenot Trio, provided ambience at the reception, reflecting the city’s young and vibrant jazz scene. The new generation of Belgian jazz in action - Igor Gehenot, Antoine Pierre and Sam Gerstmans took a fresh look at the tradition of the three-sided musical conversation, enthusiastically rejuvenating it in the process.

European Energy Service Awards Ceremony
Salle M, BOZAR - Tuesday 13 September 2011 at 18:00

The European Energy Service Awards (EESA) honours European forerunners in the field of energy efficiency services. The award was presented to the most innovative energy service provider, an active market facilitator that has made a key contribution to the diffusion of energy services in Europe and up to three environmentally friendly, innovative or custom-built projects. An international jury of experts selected the award-winners, among them Marie Donnelly (European Commission), Paolo Bertoldi (European Commission), Fiona Hall (European Parliament), Jean-Louis Joseph (FEDARENE), Peter Hobson (EBRD) and Dr. Klaus Müschen (German Federal Environmental Agency).

The EESA was organised by the European Energy Service Initiative - EESI

For more information on the event, visit: http://www.european-energy-service-initiative.net/eu/eesa.html

Salle Horta at BOZAR - on Tuesday 13 September 2011

As a conclusion to the day, participants of the ICLEI European Convention 2011 gathered at the Palais des Beaux Arts for a formal dinner, supported by the city of Hamburg.

Brussels - Sustainable City - The “Brussels, a sustainable city" exhibition is taking place in the Saints Michel et Gudule Park, 300 meters from the BOZAR venue. From the top of a 25-metre-high tower, participants got the opportunity to admire how Brussels is planning to become a European model of sustainable development. They also learned about the actions and projects already in place in the region to improve the quality of life of its people while placing less of a burden on the environment. At the top, a hanging garden provided a new and unlikely view over Brussels and showcased a work by Bob Verschueren.

Site visits

On-site visits in the Brussels Capital Region gave participants a chance to experience the practical side of conference themes by exploring innovative neighbourhoods, nature sites and much more.

Green network -  Participants were afforded the opportunity to walk along the breathtaking “Promenade Verte”. This “Green Walk” project by Brussels Environment is a 65km trail that allows pedestrians and cyclists to tour around the green belt in the periphery of the Region in a comfortable, sustainable way. Designed to connect the numerous green spaces of the Region, over 40 parks and nature reserves can be visited along the path. Following a two hour hike from King Baudoin Park to the Laerbeekforest, participants returned to the city for 17:30.

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Sustainable Districts - Participants got an insight into the daily life of two of Brussels’ most sustainable districts and saw sustainable ideas being applied in a real life setting. The strategy for the development of sustainable districts in Brussels takes various forms, from the built intervention of new districts to the voluntary reorientation of lifestyles.  The tour offered an overview of the two dynamics, one "top down", the other "bottom up": Bervoets, the first new sustainable district in Brussels and the Green Forest city, a sustainable district aiming to recreate the link between man and nature.

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Exemplary buildings - In the year 2007, the Brussels-Capital Region launched the call for projects covering "Exemplary Buildings for eco-construction and energy".  Their exemplary nature took account of four criteria: high energy performance, low environmental impact, the reproducibility / profitability of the solutions envisaged and architectural quality combined with urban integration. This tour visited two "Batex" buildings: the Aeropolis II, a passive office construction and the Caméléon, a commercial building which satisfies a global eco-construction approach.

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