Sønderborg, DK eases the transition for new arrivals with Tilflytterservice Sønderborg program
The program assists partners of newly arrived workers with their job search. An employment expert reviews the participant's resume and recommends local employers as well as skills training courses. A dedicated program portal contains resources like local phrases, a coupon book from area businesses, and utility contacts. Tilflytterservice Sønderborg hosts a monthly welcome event called CaféNy along with a Relocation Network for first-time residents.
Bracknell Forest Council, GB recruits local schools for Eco Rewards sustainable travel pilot
Participating schools encourage their students to walk, cycle, and take shared transport as part of the program. Each student records their trip via online form or swiping their smart tag at an Eco Rewards station. Recorded trips can be used as entries into prize drawings or pooled for school competitions. Council leaders and school administrators are tracking Eco Rewards check-ins to determine the pilot's impact on carbon emissions from transportation.
Bracknell Forest Council, GB
The Hills Shire, NSW conducts first-in-Australia apartment complex worm farm pilot
Twenty apartments in North Kellyville dispose of their food waste in an underground worm farm. The castings produced by the farm condition soil in a shared garden along with individual gardens. A volunteer building champion organizes fellow participants and educates their neighbors. Shire officials approved the three-month pilot in response to a recent shift from homeownership to renting. This trial fits into council waste initiatives including discounted composting bins.
The Hills Shire, NSW
Alphen aan den Rijn, ZH created themed park routes with QR codes to teach visitors about plants
The Municipality of Alphen aan den Rijn created themed routes in Park Zegersloot that use QR codes to engage visitors. By scanning the QR codes with a smartphone visitors learn about the various fauna and flora on the park routes. The "edible" route helps visitors discover fruits and edible parts of the trees, the "climate" route teaches visitors about resilient plant species that help the environment, and the "bee" route showcases sources of nectar and pollen.
Alphen aan den Rijn, ZH
Moultrie, GA launched a "Silly Walk" trail campaign to encourage physical activity among visitors
The Moultrie-Colquitt County Parks and Recreation Authority (MCCPRA) launched a "Silly Walk" trail in celebration of National Walking Day. The MCCPRA placed eleven signs around Main Street Park each describing rules for a "silly walk" including soldier walk, crab walk, ballerina walk, etc. The "Silly Walk" trail was designed to encourage park visitors to engage in physical activity. The MCCPRA plans to rotate the "silly walks" each month tailored to seasons and specific holidays.
Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, GB is mapping the historic moments of residents
Kingston Council's Heritage Service invites residents to submit their favourite places and moments via an interactive digital map. The top "100 Histories" will be shared and used by the Heritage Service to improve future activities, events, and services. Any eligible submissions will be reviewed for future inclusion in the collections at the Kingston Museum and Kingston History Centre.
Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, GB
Manaus, AM responds to tax evasion and rewards consumers with Nota Premiada initiative
Manaus residents ask for their CPF - or Natural Persons Register - number to be included in electronic invoices for purchases. Each invoice of 15 Brazilian reais or more is automatically entered into monthly drawings for prizes ranging from 1,000 to 50,000 Brazilian reais. Local charities in the Manaus Solidarity Fund also benefit from the program. Municipal revenue authorities use Nota Premiada to educate the public on how tax money is used and improve business tax collection.
Bochum, NW launched an online survey to ask residents for ideas and feedback on Smart City Bochum
The City of Bochum launched an online survey as part of the participatory development of the Smart City Bochum concept. The concept involves using digitization for sustainable urban development and improving the quality of life for all residents. The online survey was created to review the key issues and fields of action for Smart City Bochum and generate suggestions for new ideas.
Bayside, VIC engages local youth in parks planning with Buccaneers Playground Testing initiative
Bayside is upgrading 61 playgrounds by 2025 with the help of children aged 1 to 12. Parents enroll their children in the testing program at targeted parks. Virtual treasure maps focus tester attention on different areas of the playground. Scanned QR codes complete the treasure map and enter the tester in a drawing for movie tickets. Council officials will use survey responses for each playground to inform draft plans subject to additional feedback through the Bayside Have Your Say platform.
Malmö, SE introduces Open Malmö podcast as part of campaign for more inclusive city
Podcast interviews feature city staffers and cultural leaders discussing how the city celebrates diversity while confronting prejudice. The initial round of six interviews included the city's cultural director, a local musician, and a board member of the European Network Against Racism. The Open Malmö podcast complements engagement efforts like a community survey on how the city can welcome visitors as part of WorldPride 2021.
Santa Ana, CA works with Environmental Justice Community residents on general plan updates
Environmental Justice Communities are negatively impacted by factors like groundwater contamination and linguistic isolation. Seventeen census tracts in Santa Ana qualify for this designation. Residents provide feedback on how the city's general plan can address these inequalities at 10 virtual community meetings. An online survey asks for resident suggestions on remedying environmental justice issues with all responses entered into a drawing for $100.
Santa Ana, CA
City & County of Cardiff Council, GB evaluates impacts of green walls on municipal buildings
Screens lined with ivy and seasonal foliage are installed on the Dusty Forge Community Centre and Kitchener Primary School. These screens passively filter the air with minimal costs and maintenance work. Council teams are evaluating the impacts of plants like honeysuckle and sweet peas on air quality. This initiative also engages citizen scientists in research on how the screens integrate into local biodiversity.
City & County of Cardiff Council, GB