The Sustainable Cities International Network is comprised of 40 cities, towns and metropolitan regions around the globe that share the common goal of moving their communities to more sustainable futures.
Some of the globe’s most innovative urban sustainability practices have evolved within the SCI Network membership. For example, the concept of long range urban sustainability planning originated within the SCI Network with an innovative process undertaken in the Vancouver Region of Canada. The innovation then transferred to Calgary Canada and then to Durban South Africa where the two cities learned and adapted the concept to their local context. This type of planning is now common place in cities around the world.
Acting as ‘urban laboratories’, Network cities adopt technological and social innovations and then adapt and implement them – making improvements to the innovation as they proceed. In turn, what they learn is shared with other members of the Network and more widely. This process ensures that good practice is well understood, tested, adapted to local conditions and the new knowledge gained is robust and widely shared. This reinforcing pattern of knowledge generation and refinement results in sustainability practices being adopted in cities around the world.
What makes an SCI Network Member?
From small aboriginal communities to large metropolitan regions, SCI Network members share a common commitment to the open exchange of knowledge and ideas on urban sustainability. Each member offers their unique perspective through open dialogue. Creativity and innovation is occurring in all of the cities and the membership finds that the diversity of perspectives is important for generating new ways of thinking. Big cities can learn from smaller ones and smaller from bigger.
How do we build and share knowledge and ideas?
Members have the opportunity to participate in peer exchanges, an annual symposium, training events and facilitated web dialogues. Through this, personal and professional relationships are built and direct dialogue between cities accelerates innovation.
The Network is funded through fees from member cities and grants from CIDA, The Canadian International Development Agency.