How to speed up the transition to sustainable cities?

How can we make the transition to sustainable cities work? The European research project Accelerating and Rescaling Transitions to Sustainability (ARTS) studies how initiatives in Brighton, Budapest, Dresden, Stockholm and Genk can accelerate transitions to sustainability.
 
Through ARTS, 10 European knowledge institutes have joined forces to find out how the change to a sustainable city can be sped up. In five European cities, the partners and several local stakeholders are studying mechanisms and strategies essential to implementing more sustainable ways of thinking, acting and organising. To identify those ways, the researchers are studying existing transition initiatives in the five cities and, together with (local) governments and citizens, exploring how to speed up the transition to sustainability in their city.

The ARTS partners are convinced that it won't just be technology that will make the transition to sustainability succeed. Social innovation also plays a role, through new forms of organisation, innovative collaborations and different forms of logic to create value. 
Through co-creation, a roadmap will be drawn up to accelerate the process in practice. The researchers will also develop tools that contribute to the sustainability transition . 

 

VITO's role

Together with DRIFT (Dutch Research Institute for Transitions), VITO is focusing on the city of Genk. The partners are studying several sustainability initiatives, such as the Genk bee plan or the community currency ‘De zetjes'. 

ARTS: facts & figures
  • Five European partner cities, 10 knowledge institutes, 30 scientists
  • Duration: December 2013 - December 2016
  • Budget: €3,000,000
The ARTS partners are convinced that it won't just be technology that will make the transition to sustainability succeed. Social innovation also plays a role, through new forms of organisation, innovative collaborations and different forms of logic to create value.