Cities are at the center of global economic growth and account for 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions¹. These emissions are driven by activities at the heart of the urban economy². To maintain high economic growth rates, increase productivity, and grow new business investments — while also reducing emissions — the City of Montréal and many cities around the world are working to transition towards a circular economy. An alternative to the traditional, linear “take, make, use, dispose” economy, the circular economy is a system of production, exchange, and consumption aimed at optimizing the use of resources to eliminate waste in the life cycle of a good or a service³.
We are very excited to announce the launch of the Circular Economy, Economie circulaire contest on the platform. As part of the ICLEI World Congress 2018, the City of Montréal and ICLEI are seeking innovative solutions that could help facilitate the transition of cities and neighborhoods towards a circular economy.
The global community is invited to submit proposals until April 1, 2018. All proposals will receive feedback from leading experts. Proposals can be submitted in English or French.
The author of the Judges’ Choice Award proposal will be invited to present his/her solution at the ICLEI World Congress 2018 on June 19-22, 2018 in Montréal (Canada). Flight tickets and conference registration fees for this person will be covered. The Judges’ Choice Award Winner will also be invited to join a side-meeting with Montréal City staff and external stakeholders to further discuss this solution. For more information, please see the contest’s details page.