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Sustainable City by France (SCbF)

Sustainable City by France (SCbF) is an NGO born from the coming together of the Institut pour la Ville Durable (IVD – French Sustainable-City Institute) and the Vivapolis network, initiated by the French government.

These two structures gave way to Sustainable City by France on 18 December 2019, following the transformation of the IVD’s statutes, approved by the association’s extraordinary general assembly.

SCbF is, first and foremost, a place for capitalisation, sharing, and support in the implementation of French expertise and know-how for sustainable cities, both in France and abroad, as part of a “do tank”.

Based on matters of public interest, the association annually defines a partnership work programme calling for the involvement of all members of its four bodies: leading local authorities and their associations, companies of all sizes (everything from large French groups to SMEs), the French state (central administration and public operators) and city experts (in particular, national professional organisations).

The structure of the Sustainable City by France association facilitates both the agility of our actions and the pooling of resources; as such, it ensures that the functioning and organisation of works is as efficient as possible.

SCbF acts as a complement to the work of its members, in any way they deem useful

Our territorial workshops
Breuillet (Mars 2023)
Our Delegation in Romania
Our Scientific Committee
Our working groups

Our vision

Sufficiency – Resilience – Inclusion – Creativity

Discover our Manifesto for sustainable territories

The team

The association is led by a professional team that organises the actions of the work programme.

 This team also plays the role of a permanent secretariat and ensures internal and external communication intended for members of the association and sustainable-city professionals, as well as the steering and organising of works and the mobilisation of stakeholders.

Associative life

Sébastien Maire

General Delegate for Sustainable City by France

Alexandra Litchman

Membership relations and community life 
HR and Financial manager

Assistante administrative & vie associative

Clara Bidau

Administrative and Membership relations Assistant

Communication & international

Marion Gonzales

Communication, events and international and project manager

Isabelana Noguez

Digital communication officer

Working groups & territorial workshops

Camille Waintrop-Boyon

Work-coordination and assessment manager

Chef de projets ateliers territoriaux & relations avec les collectivités locales

Christophe Leikine

Territorial workshops and relations with local authorities project manager

Quentin Guillemot

Sustainable city workshops officer

Alice Silvin

Mission officer

Solène Martin

Mission Officer, Working Groups, and Projects

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Emile Balembois

Planetary Boundaries Territorialization and social issues Doctoral student 

Contact us

+33 (0)1 55 04 05 03


22 rue Joubert
75009 Paris


About Sébastien

Before joining the SCbF team, he held several positions in local government management. From elected official and deputy mayor of his native city Besançon, in charge of university relations and international cooperation, to Director of Economic Development of the City of Pantin, to Chief of staff in Montreuil – where he notably piloted the in-depth redesign of the urban project towards more ecology and sustainable development – he continued his career as Senior Resilience Officer of the City of Paris.
He promotes a holistic and systemic vision of sustainable development and brings his expertise in territorial resilience, ecological and social transition.

About Alexandra

A geographer by training (Saint Petersburg State University), she started as a geographer and economist at the Academy of Agricultural Economics (Russia), before pursuing her career in France as an administrative and accounting assistant (Air Liquide, Association TGV Provence Côte d’Azur, COFHUAT, Groupe Hervé)

About Marion

Trained in international and European affairs between England and France as part of a double degree at Sciences-Po Lille / University of Kent, Marion started her career in advocacy and institutional relations of non-governmental organisations, in the fair trade sector (Max Havelaar France label). Her experiences are also linked to territories, with a passage in decentralised cooperation at the level of a departmental council.

About Isabelana

Isabelana is a Mexican journalist who holds a Master’s degree in Digital Communication and Data Analysis from the Sorbonne University. She previously worked in communication and press relations in the cultural sector in France and Mexico. Today, she is interested in ecological actions and solutions to preserve the environment and the biodiversity.

About Camille

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With a background in social sciences, art history and architecture, Camille has worked in communication within the VINCI group: from major international projects to La Fabrique de la Cité, a think tank dedicated to urban foresight.

About Quentin

Motivated by climate issues and planetary boundaries, Quentin decided to study land use planning at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. His experience in associative field at the Fresque du Climat, helped him to better understand the stakes of the ecological bifurcation. Between his native Haute-Savoie and his home town Rennes, where he gained expertise in mobility and sustainable agriculture, he is now based in Paris to deploy the Sustainable City by France’s territorial workshops throughout the country.

About Alice

After five years’ study at Sciences Po Lyon, with a specialization in territorial transitions, Alice joined Sustainable City by France (France Villes et territoires Durables). She actively contributes to the deployment of the association’s territorial workshops and working groups.
See her LinkedIn profile 

About Solène

Mission Officer, Working Group, and Projects. Student at the Urban School of Sciences Po Paris, focusing on the ecological transition of cities.

Currently studying as a second-year Master’s student in International Relations at University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Tara holds a Bachelor’s degree from INALCO, with a double-major in Hindi language, and International relations / Environmental studies. Her work with us is in line with her former experiences at UNESCO and the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, thus deepening her professional expertise in the field of environmental diplomacy and international cooperation for sustainable development.

See her LinkedIn profile


She holds a Master’s degree in Development Economics from the Panthéon-Sorbonne University and is currently studying for a Master’s degree in International Relations and Action Abroad at the same university. She approaches the problems of sustainable cities and territories through these different perspectives and her international experiences.