In January 2013, Nantes became “European Green Capital 2013”, after Stockholm, Hamburg and Vitoria-Gasteiz. This award, initiated by the European Commission, recognizes the willingness and capacity of a city to limit its impact on the environment and to improve the overall quality of life of its inhabitants.
It is in this context that Nantes Metropolis and the Pays de la Loire Region welcome the World Green Infrastructure Congress, organized by ADIVET under the auspices of World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN).
Port city on the Atlantic coast, on the banks of the Loire, Nantes Metropolis sets the tone for green and blue landscape of the territory. Quality of life sees itself in three dimensions: a lifestyle conducive to well-being, creativity and social cohesion.
Nantes is one of the three most dynamic French cities, both in terms of economic and demographic. With 600,000 inhabitants, Nantes is the sixth largest urban area in France by its population.
LONG-LASTING GREEN CITIES, A GLOBAL CHALLENGE
More than 50% of the world population lives in cities. Urban living crystallizes the challenges of sustainable development in the context of an ecological , financial and social crisis. How can cities initiate and accelerate their ecological transition in the current difficult context? How can they contribute to roll-out of global and local solutionson a larger scale ? Reappropriating and placing nature and plants once again inthe heart of cities is one of the solutions.
NANTES, THE EXEMPLE OF AN ECO-CITY, ENGAGED IN DEVELOPING VEGETATION AND GREEN BUILDINGS
Nantes is different thanks to innovative and participatory public policies, in particular with regard to town planning. Among its strengths: Agenda 21, sustainable energy action plan, the water policy and natural vegetated areas. Nantes has brought the realization of green roofs of a dozen public buildings into play. The metropolis is the seat of events and innovative festivities of international reputation on the subject of plants: tree herons (“l’Arbre aux Herons”), Floating Gardens (“les Jardins Flottants”), Plants Madness Festival (“la Folie des Plantes”).
AN ATTRACTIVE TERRITORY TO HIGH POTENTIAL
In West of France, the Pays de la Loire Region maintains a rich and diversified economic activity, with 25,100 companies and 275,000 jobs that contribute to the richness and innovation in the territory. In particular Nantes East, with other cities of the Pays de la Loire Region, a greening showcase led by the world competitiveness pole of the vegetation, VEGEPOLYS based in Angers.The region is committed to sustainable economic development (regional agenda 21) supporting and developing research programs with poles VEGEPOLYS & NOVABUILD Bio-construction, Elastopole (rubers/polymers), EMC2 (materials) in collaboration with teams of researchers from scientific and technical building Center (laboratory CSTB Aquasim), from horticulture and landscape (INHP, national institute of horticulture and landscape, from town planning (VEGDUD program animated by the Ecole Nationale Superieur d’Architecture de Nantes).
THE CONGRESS SETTING: THE CITY, NANTES EVENTS CENTER
Work of architect Yves Lion, the City offers since its opening in 1992 a world of glass, wood and steel in which all spaces are bathed in daylight and managed in accordance with its environmental and social commitments. The City, Nantes Events Center is located in the city center at 7 minutes walk from the railway station and 20 minutes by shuttle from the airport. With 6,000 m2 of exhibition space, three auditoriums and 30 parallel meeting rooms, it has 3,500 bedrooms in the city center, it has 3,500 rooms in the city center, including 1,000 in the immediate vicinity.
The City is an eco-responsible site certified Charter of Quality and Sustainability and has an approved eco-consultant, carbon auditor approved ADEME, which supports eco-design of events. It is also certified ISO 9001 and AIPC Quality Standard Gold.