Sustainable City – Lleida, Spain
Lleida is an intermediate city of 118,000 residents, located in Catalonia, in northeastern Spain that is committed to increasing their sustainability. Details below are from an article by MÃ³nica PÃ©rez de las Heras on the S-Dev Geneva ’05 Conference website.
In 1996, Lleida signed the Aalborg Charter which examined the city’s environmental features such as water, waste, energy and planning. Esther Fanlo, director of the Agenda 21 Foundation in Lleida says that “It was concluded that even though Lleida doesn’t have any serious environmental problems, it still has a lot to do towards sustainable development. Notably on two key points: mobility and urban planning and developmentâ€.
Steps towards these environmental improvements included establishing an Environmental Forum with working groups and a local action plan, and a range of programs such as “Lleida en vivo”, an environmental awareness programme for schools and the general public including guided tours of places in town that are of ecological interest, the “Paeria 21 programme” intended for municipal workers, and the “Eco-entities programme” for all types of organisations.
â€œWe provide them with technical support to conduct their environmental audits, diagnosis and work schedule. We started six months ago and ten organisations have already signed up (companies, neighbourhood committees, sports clubs, trekking associations, cultural establishments, etc.)â€, explains the director.
Other projects include waste management with the development of recyclable and organic pick-up, a â€œMobility Pactâ€, in which all participating actors controlled mobility, a Solar Ordinance (to be launched on 1st December) requiring all new buildings with hot water to operate using solar energy.
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