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Post-Carbon Cities of Tomorrow, POCACITO, represents a portfolio of projects all working toward the same goal: leveraging the diversity and dynamism of the world’s cities to discover and share urban solutions for the 21st century’s sustainability revolution.

2014 was the inaugural year for POCACITO. A consortium of European research and policy institutes, coordinated by Ecologic Institute’s Berlin office, initiated a process of collaboration among ten EU cities to share implementation strategies and develop a network for stakeholders to address the environmental, economic, and social impacts of urbanization. The goal is to facilitate the transition to a post-carbon economic model, leading to an EU 2050 post-carbon city roadmap. The project also organizes two study tours that enable city representatives to visit EU best practices in person as well as to connect and exchange experiences with representatives from other cities. The project is made possible through the European Union’s Seventh Framework Agreement for Research, Technological Development, and Demonstration, and will culminate with a final conference in December 2016. For further information, including results from the first two years of progress, please visit the website POCACITO in the EU.

POCACITO in the US is the program’s first transatlantic iteration. An initiative of Ecologic Institute in Washington, DC, and generously funded by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States‘s Getting to Know Europe program, POCACITO in the US invites experts from six EU cities to help lead interactive workshops in six US cities to address three primary sustainability issues: urban mobility, water management, and energy efficient buildings. Workshop participants include citizens, city planners, local government officials, and organizations committed to the vibrancy of their communities. POCACITO in the US alters the sustainable development process by engaging diverse voices in the discussion about local issues and reimagining international cooperation. The resulting transatlantic relationships serve to affirm the potential of cities to lead the global sustainability revolution. The workshops take place in June and September 2016. For more information, or to see if your city is participating, visit POCACITO in the US.

As a new generation of business and community leaders comes of age, a new standard of sustainable growth and progress is developing. POCACITO in Germany recognizes the opportunity to engage, inform, and inspire tomorrow’s leaders about innovations and ideas not found in textbooks. Run by Ecologic Institute’s Washington, DC, office and financially supported by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy’s European Recovery Program, POCACITO in Germany brings young urban sustainability professionals from the US to Germany over three years, fostering dialogue and collaboration among two of the world’s most influential economies and securing the close relationship between the countries for another generation. The program focuses on specific topics each year, increasing the potential for expert exchange and developing lasting partnerships that have the potential for meaningful impact. To learn more about the topics, or to find out how to participate, visit POCACITO in Germany.

Each POCACITO project is financed individually and operates independently. Collectively, the projects offer opportunities for efficient streamlining and interdisciplinary collaboration. For instance, some of the EU cities that are part of POCACITO in the EU also participate in POCACITO in the US. Additionally, this website serves as a point of intersection for all three projects. The POCACITO Blog and Twitter account serve to promote and facilitate the conversation about urban sustainability wherever it is happening, but with special focus on the cities, topics, and policies that are part of the POCACITO portfolio.

The Latin word for city, civitas, was derived from civis, citizen. Post-Carbon Cities of Tomorrow recognizes that a sustainable future for cities is likewise rooted in the citizens. That’s why we want you, your neighbors, your colleagues, your family to participate in the process. Share your ideas and experiences, tell us about local efforts in your area, and become a member of the global community leading the transition to a sustainable future.

And thanks for visiting the POCACITO website.

Ecologic Institute

Ecologic Institute in Washington, DC, is an independent non-profit think  tank for applied environmental research, policy analysis, and consultancy.  Its mission is to promote transatlantic understanding of environmental policies, sustainable economic and political development, and environmental protection through research, publications, educational exchanges, and public events. It does this through its dedication to bringing fresh ideas to environmental policy and sustainable development.

Founded in 2008, Ecologic Institute, evolved out of the Transatlantic Program of Ecologic Institute, Berlin, Germany and aims to strengthen transatlantic relations in the field of environmental policy. It focuses primarily on European environmental policy and integration, climate policy, transatlantic outreach, economics and infrastructure, the role of the United States and European Union in the world and biodiversity.

Ecologic Institute is a legally and financially independent IRS 501(c)(3) public charity.