Sustainable living in cities

Apr 13, 2015

Swedish Institute Alumni meets CSR Europe



Swedish Institute Alumni meets CSR Europe to to determine if there are chances for a joint co-work and development of smarter and more sustainable cities. CSR Europe National workshop are organized by CSR Latvia and supported by Swedish Institute Alumni and Swedish Embassy.

The context of campaign “Sustainable Living in Cities”

With more than 3/4 of European population currently living in urban areas, cities are centres of economic and social progress in Europe. The position as centres of economic development puts cities under the highest levels of environmental and social pressures.

Sustainable Living in Cities National Workshop through the diverce participants will determine synergies for a joint co-work and development of smarter and more sustainable cities. 

Take part in this national workshop promoting stronger collaborations between city and business stakeholders and take the opportunity to contribute to the development of city-business alliances. We will discuss the role of business, cities, civil society and other stakeholders to address urban sustainability issues.

If you have any questions please contact Agnese Alksne ( and Ivana Petovska (


   ·        Hear about good practices of business-city alliances from cities and business

·         Learn about gender equality and demography – an issue of cities’ sustainability

·         Share your ideas on how businesses can contribute to urban sustainability solutions

·         Further explore the possibility of long term city-business collaboration

Event details

Date: Wed 6 May, 2015 from 14:00 to 19:00

Venue: The Residence of Swedish Embassy, A. Pumpura 8, Riga, Latvia (Entrance from Alunana street)
Presenter: Swedish Institute Alumni, CSR Latvia, Embassy of Sweden, CSR Europe, cities, business representatives  and other stakeholders


14:00 – 14:30 Registration (coffee) 
14:30 – 14:50 14:30 – 14:3514:35 – 14:4014:40 – 14:50Opening speechesSwedish Ambassador to Riga Henrik Landerholm, Embassy of SwedenNiklas Dahlberg, Swedish Institute Alumni representative (tbc)Agnese Alksne, CSR Latvia, Chair of the Board Alda Ozola, The Ministry of Environmental Protection and regional Development Deputy of State Secretary 
14:50 – 16:00 14:50 – 15:1515:15 – 15:3015:30 – 15:4515:45 – 16:00Sustainable living in Cities – the Roadshow Introduction to the Sustainable Living in Cities Campaign by Ivana Petovska, CSR Europe Q&A Illustration of best practices on alliances by Risto Veivo, City of Turku Illustration of best practices on alliances by Gytis Nemanis, IBM Lithuania Gender equality and demography – an issue of cities sustainability in Latvia by Dace Kavasa, Ltd Evolve, Member of CSR Latvia 
16:00 – 16:10 Coffee break 
16:10 – 17:30

17:10 – 17:30
World café for sustainability in cities Moderator: Dace Kavasa, Ltd Evolve, Member of CSR Latvia 1. Café table – moderator Ivana Petovska, CSR Europe The role of SMEs in business city alliances2. Café table – moderator Risto Veivo, City of Turku What are the bottlenecks for cities to collaborate with businesses?3. Café table – moderator Aiga Aizpuriete, CSR Latvia, Homo Ecos Is there a need to for government schema or support?4. Café table – moderator Edgars Ivanovs, Riga Powerhouse Developer What innovation potentials are there for urban sustainability issues?5. Cafe table – moderator Guntis Stirna, expert in urbanism and digital marketing Sustainability issues for cities (citizens perspective)6. Café table – moderator Gytis Nemanis, IBM Lithuania Sustainability issues for cities (business perspective)Plenary: Moderators collect information and report back in plenary. Each café table has 3 minutes for presentation.
17:30 – 17:45Conclusions – expression of interest to join initiative 
17:45 – 19:00City-Business ice-breaker networking drink