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The governance of Sustainable City by France: a balanced, partnership-based organisation

The governance of Sustainable City by France brings together the public sector (State and local authorities) and the private sector (companies and experts), in order to combine approaches through the pooling of resources, the communal expression of needs, and the shared formulation of solutions that will allow us to make cities more sustainable.

These actors are grouped into four bodies: local authorities, State, private companies, experts. Each of these bodies has an equal weight in governance, regardless of the number of its members.

The governance of Sustainable City by France

The committee

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The Assembly of French Communities (AdCF), represented by its vice-president, Mayor of Port-Jérôme-sur-Seine and President of Caux Seine agglo


President responsible for eco-neighbourhoods and priority districts
The French national commission for eco-neighbourhoods represented by its President, Mayor of Laval, President of Laval Agglomération
Mr. Florian BERCAULT



Vice-President for the State body
The Directorate-General for Planning, Housing and Nature (Ministry of Ecological Transition) represented by its Deputy Director of Sustainable Urban Planning
Mr. Jean-Baptiste BUTLEN

Local authorities


Vice-President for the local authorities 
The Assembly of French Communities (AdCF), represented by its vice-président culture, President of the Agglomeration Community of Blois
Mr. Christophe DEGRUELLE



Co-Vice-President for the buisness body
The Bouygues Group, represented by its Prospective Director,
Ms. Virginie ALONZI

Co-Vice-President for the buisness body
The Suez Group, represented by its Executive Vice-President Smart and Resourceful Cities,
Mr. Bruno HERVET


Vice-President for the experts body
General Delegate of the French Network of Urban Planning Agencies (National Federation of Urban Planning Agencies)



ADEME, the French agency for ecological transition, represented by its Executive Director of Expertise and Programmes



Ms. Anne-Claire MIALOT
General Director of ANRU, the French National Agency for Urban Renovation

Qualified personalities

Former Section President within the General Council for the Environment and Sustainable Development (CGEDD)

Mr. Philippe PELLETIER
President of the Sustainable Building Plan

Mr. Gérard WOLF
President of the MEDEF International Sustainable City task force and Ministry for European and Foreign Affairs coordinator for the exportation of the sustainable city

Board of Directors

This includes the members of the committee (see above), as well as the representatives of other active members:

In addition to this full-time involvement, active members of the association may take on the steering of an action in the work programme.

For more information on the SCbF’s governance, please consult the NGO’s statutes.

About Solène

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

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.
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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.

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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.

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 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 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.