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Sufficiency, inclusion, resilience et creativity

The fundamentals of a city that cares

Cities and towns, no matter their size, bring together the majority of the social, economic, and environmental issues questioned and redefined today in light of climate change, other phenomena linked to the Anthropocene, and the resurgence of major global pandemics. As we begin to emerge from the health crisis, and as cities and regions experience their post-covid revival, it is urgent to redefine our visions of the sustainable city of tomorrow, as the concepts posited in the twentieth century no longer apply.

The city of tomorrow must reinvent itself in order to unite more than it divides: the sustainable city is a city that cares. It takes care of its inhabitants, particularly the most vulnerable among us; of its ecosystems; of its infrastructures; of its public spaces; of its businesses; and of its surrounding environments.

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Virginie Carolo-Lutrot, President of Sustainable city by France, Vice-President of the Assembly of French Communities , Mayor of Port-Jérôme-sur-Seine and President of Caux Seine agglo

Florian Bercault, President responsible for eco-neighbourhoods and priority districts, President of the French national commission for eco-neighbourhoods, Mayor of Laval, President of Laval Agglomération

Jean-Baptiste Butlen, Vice-President for the state body and Deputy Director for Sustainable Development (French Ministry for Environmental Transition);

Chrsitophe Degruelle, Vice-President for the local authorities body and President of the Agglomeration Community of Blois

Brigitte Bariol, Vice-President for the experts body and General Delegate for the FNAU,

Virginie Alonzi, Co-Vice-Président for the business body and Prospective Director of Bouygues Construction

And Bruno Hervet, Co-Vice-President for the business body and Director General of Suez Consulting and Smart Cities;

We present our vision for the city of tomorrow, driven by French public (state and local authorities) and private professionals (experts and businesses), brought together through Sustainable City by France to serve matters of public interest and with the aim of achieving a sufficient, inclusive, resilient and creative urban development.

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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.