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Can Cities Be Sustainable?

Nordic seminar series/ Nordic House Reykjavík / May 23, 2016


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Participation is free of charge. Conference language is English.

Every year the international environment organization, WorldWatch Institute (, publishes its State of the World Report with thorough analysis of pressing environmental challenges. To discuss this year´s theme, Can A City Be Sustainable, WorldWatch Institute has initiated a seminar series in Nordic capitals in May. The fourth and last seminar in the series will be held at the Nordic House in Reykjavík on May 23rd, 14:00-16:45.

The seminar is a collaboration between the Nordic Council of Ministers, WorldWatch Institute Euorope, Nordic House Reykjavík and the City of Reykjavík. The seminar will study both broader trends and examples of smart green solutions within the fields of architecture, construction, city planning and transportation in Europe, the Nordics and in Iceland.


Seminar schedule:

14.00 – 14.05       Welcome address

14.05 -14.15       State of the World Report 2016, Can a City be Sustainable? Stephanie Loveless, WorldWatch Institute Europe

14.15 – 14.30      Acceleration of Urban transition to Low Carbon in EU, Peter Vangsbo, Nordic Business Developer Climate-KIC Nordic

14.30 – 14.45      How to Design Sustainable Cities, Ólöf Örvarsdóttir, City of Reykjavík, Head of Department of Environment and Planning

14.45 – 15.00       Can a Business be Sustainable? Ketill B. Magnússon, FESTA, Managing Director

15.00 – 15.15       Panel Discussion lead by Auður H. Ingólfsdóttir, Bifröst University, Assistant Professor


15.15 – 15.30        Tea and Coffee break


15.30 – 15.45      Inclusive Urban Planning in the Nordic Region – Trends and Examples, Liisa Perjo, Nordregio, Research Fellow

15.45 – 16.00       Nordic Built Cities by the Case of Kópavogur, Árni Geirsson, Alta, Advisor

16.00 – 16.15      Urban Innovation in Reykjavik, Þorsteinn R. Hermannsson, City of Reykjavik, Director of Transportation

16.15 – 16.30      Panel Discussion led by Kristín Linda Árnadóttir, Head of the Environment Agency of Iceland

16.30 – 16.45      Wrap up and final salute


 About State of the World Report 2016

Throughout the book, readers discover the most pressing challenges facing communities around the world and the most promising solutions currently being developed to tackle them. The result is a snapshot of cities today and a vision for global urban sustainability tomorrow.

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For further information contact:

Kristín Ingvarsdóttir

Tel: +354 551-7032


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