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The association organises its actions within a partnership and annual work programme, divided into 4 statutory missions:


Mission 1

Fundamentals of sustainable and resilient territories

Bringing together the State, local authorities, private companies, and experts in a single group for reflection and action, disseminating the best tools and operational solutions to accelerate the ecological, social, and economic transition of territories. 

Update and promote the Manifesto for Sustainable and Resilient Cities and Territories, with the support of the Scientific Committee.

◉ Continue the 2023 WGs and open new ones in 2024.


Sustainable City by France's missions

◉Assessment of the current situation and prospects for the deployment of resilience strategies: momentum around a network of communities and an evolving toolbox to facilitate the operational implementation of resilience strategies.

◉Territorialization of planetary boundaries and social issues (Doughnut Economics) and project prioritization grid as a tool to support discussion.

◉ Active participation in various working groups and public and private bodies, both nationally and internationally, as well as various technical committees to widely disseminate the objectives pursued by the association in its Manifesto 

◉ Continuation of the work of the Scientific Committee around the renewal of the Eco-Neighborhood approach and framework, the development of a vademecum on territorial diagnosis, and training issues related to the PEPR France 2030 led by UGE and of which SCbF is a partner.

◉ Capitalizing and disseminating tools and solutions through multiple interventions to raise awareness about the Manifesto and the logical frameworks of habitability limits and the “Doughnut” as new compasses for ecological planning.

◉ Continuing partnerships with initial and continuing education institutions such as EFAB, the School of Urban Renewal, to contribute to their strategy and educational content.

◉ SCbF is undertaking several actions to collaborate with the National Center for Public Service Region (CNFPT)  in connection with work on reference frameworks.

"Résilience" day (November 2023)

Mission 2

Regionalising the work of Sustainable City by France

Raising awareness among local executives and general management of the fundamentals of sustainable territories, and inspiring territorial projects by sharing expertise and experience.

◉ Continue the deployment of inspiration workshops in territories, aligned with the new association’s Manifesto, and enriched by the expertise of our members.

◉ Support new and current members of SCbF. 

◉ After contributing to the evolution of the EcoNeighborhood label, continue reflections on the adaptation of territories, particularly through the Scientific Committee of SCbF.

◉ Participate in various events organized by DGALN, the driver of the EcoNeighborhood approach.

◉ Organize inspiration days for several local authorities engaged in the EcoNeighborhood labeling process.

◉ Support several programs of the Banque des Territoires.

◉ Support the French national agency for urban renewal (ANRU) under the “Resilient Neighborhoods” initiative.

◉ Following the implementation of the rich 2021/2022 agreement between SCbF and the French National Agency for the Cohesion of Territories (ANCT)

◉ In line with the territorialization of ecological planning instigated by the government, provide support for the organization of regional COPs involving local stakeholders.

◉ Organize new unifying events for local authorities engaged in various ANCT programs.

Workshop in Pontacq (February 2023)

Mission 3

International: contribute to strengthening cooperation and sharing French vision and expertise in sustainable urban development on a European scale.

Disseminate the fundamentals and solutions of sustainable and resilient territories through targeted interventions to spread best practices, promote French expertise, and encourage cross-disciplinary perspectives and experiences in response to the challenges of the Anthropocene.

◉ Convene the international steering committee to define the roadmap for 2024 and clarify the association’s priorities.

◉ Refocus the association’s international activities on a European scale.

◉ Continue and strengthen collaborations initiated with Romania and Poland, and explore possible cross-border connections on sustainable city issues.

◉ Participate in hosting foreign delegations, supporting the French Ministry of Ecological Transition by preparing communication materials and/or involving members in the development of visit itineraries.

◉ Consolidate and expand the network of international partners.

◉ Continue discussions about the format and purpose of a delegation of SCbF members and/or a learning expedition in 2025.

◉ Continue preparatory work for the World Urban Forum by convening a working group based on the association’s Manifesto, in collaboration with the French Partnership for the city and territories (PFVT), to propose a European vision of sustainable territories that takes into account the specific challenges of developing countries.

◉ Propose to organize a learning expedition during the World Urban Forum in Cairo in November 2024, in collaboration with  the French network of urban planning agencies (FNAU

◉ Continue supporting territories in connection with the “100 Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030” mission, within the framework of the works of the National Mirror Group for Horizon Europe and the CapaCITIES platform.

◉ Collaborate with the French Ministry of Ecological Transition, with the aim of international promotion, in the selection and promotion of exemplary projects for sustainable and resilient cities.

Sustainable City by France's delegation in Romania (June 2023)

Mission 4

Associative life

Clarify, strengthen, and assert the role of SCbF within the stakeholders of sustainable and resilient cities, and develop collaborations and joint efforts within the associative ecosystem.

◉ Continue to communicate through the SCbF website to enhance its recognition in France and internationally.

◉ Update the selection of available tools and highlight them during territorial workshops and relevant professional meetings.

◉ Propose a redesign of the “projects” page of the website to prioritize synthetic and interactive formats.

◉ Facilitate member’s access to the association’s content.

◉ Explore new engaging formats to disseminate the association’s messages.

◉ Annually release a public activity report to showcase the association’s work and promote its achievements within the sustainable city professionals’ ecosystem.

◉ Create a presentation video for France Sustainable and Resilient Cities, highlighting the pillars of the Manifesto and the association’s activities.

◉ Organize the next edition of the association’s event dedicated to professional stakeholders in territories with revamped formats.

◉ Develop a fair pricing grid with multiple tiers (revenues, population size, etc.) and implement it for the year 2025.

Associations's annual event (September 2023)

For more information, please contact: alexandra.litchman@francevilledurable.fr

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.