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Sustainability initiatives[edit]

Initiatives by topic[edit]

Arts, sport and culture[edit]

Social Street Italia


wikipedia:LIPU, the Lega italiana protezione uccelli (En. “Italian League for Bird Protection”) is an Italian charitable organisation, founded in 1965 and devoted to the protection of the country’s wildlife with a particular focus on birds. It has a membership of 42,000 and is the Italian partner of Birdlife International.


wikipedia:Conservatoria delle Coste (Coastal conservation agency) (official name: Conservatoria delle Coste della Sardegna in Italian, Conservatoria de sas Costeras de sa Sardigna in Sardinian) is a Sardinian public agency created by the Regional Law N°2 of the 29th of May 2007, to ensure the protection of outstanding natural areas on the Sardinian coast.

Community energy[edit]

RESEDA, una ecocoperativa solidale dove possono lavorare anche persone disabili. La RESEDA opera nel settore della sostenibilità ecologica e sociale, per la diffusione delle fonti di energia rinnovabile e le tecnologie appropriate.

wikipedia:Renewable energy in Italy

Community involvement[edit]

Monithon, an independent civic monitoring initiative

Cycling activism[edit]

Critical Mass bicycle rides in Italy

Environment quality[edit]

wikipedia:CieloBuio-coordinamento per la protezione del cielo notturno (coordination for the protection of the night sky) is a non-profit organization that operates in Italy for the protection of the night sky by promoting a culture of eco-friendly lighting and raising public awareness on the phenomenon of light pollution.

ClairCity, Eu project about air pollution and CO2 emissions in cities, putting the power in the hands of residents to determine the best local solutions.

Ethical consumerism[edit]

Wikipedia: Fairtrade settlements in Italy

Food activism[edit]

Banco Alimentare - Farmers Market Italy - Recup, Milan on facebook

Free stuff[edit]

Caffè sospeso is a tradition in the working-class cafés of Naples where a person who has experienced good luck financially pays for two coffees, but receives and consumes only one, the second being left until a person enquires later whether a sospeso is available. [1]


The Emilia Romagna region of northern Italy has more than 15,000 co-operatives, which contribute over one-third of the region’s GDP. [2]

Open spaces[edit], portal about parks in Italy


Cohousing in Italy

Trees, woodland and forest[edit]

petition: Help Save Grandma Oak!

News and comment[edit]


Castelbuono, the Sicilian town where young Africans are the hope for the future, Nov 6 [3]

The Italian Region Where Co-ops Produce a Third of Its GDP, Jul 5 [4]

The Nidiaci Garden of Florence, an Oasis of Commoning in a Busy City, Mar 28 [5]

Can Venice Save Itself? Feb 10 [6]


There is a renewed sense of civic participation in Italy, Dec 13 [7]

Milan leads fight against food waste – with ugly fruit and Michelin-starred soup kitchens, Oct 16 [8]

Italy adopts new law to slash food waste, Aug 3 [9]

CO-Bologna runs towards new cooperative forms of governance of the commons: a focus on Bolognina site. Jun 15 [10]

How a regulation turned Bologna’s civic pride into action, Apr 12 [11]

Italy passes law to make supermarkets give wasted food to charity, Mar 17 [12]


Italy smog: Milan bans cars for three days to fight pollution, December 24 [13]

The Miracle of Mals, September 30 [14]

Milan Is the Latest European City to Embrace a Car-Free Future, July 13 [15]

Bologna Celebrates One Year of a Bold Experiment in Urban Commoning, June 8 [16]

Milan introduces 1,000 e-bikes to city bike scheme, June 10 [17]

Interviewed: Professor Christian Iaione on the City as Commons, February 17 [18]


CO-Mantova as the trigger for a co-cities movement, Nov 27 [19]

Shaking hands with the Mayor of Bologna, November 1 [20]

Siena starts the New Year as Europe’s first carbon free city, January 22 [21]


The historical importance of the Italian referendum and victory for the water commons, [22] November 27

Can Italy carry off its plastic bag ban? [23] January 3


Italy to begin ban on plastic bags in shops, [24] December 31


Apps for sustainability[edit]



Sharing economy, ecco le app made in Italy contro lo spreco, October 20, 2014 [25]


“ZAPPATA ROMANA”: community-run green areas, by studioUAP: About 50 community-run green areas mapped: little urban gardens, play yards, edible gardens and areas for walking, resting, or simply talking. Citizens and associations acting together to reclaim the abandoned areas in Rome.

Interwiki links[edit]

Wikipedia: Italy - Italy, Environment - Fondo per l'Ambiente Italiano National Trust of Italy - Italia Nostra (Our Italy) Italian not for profit campaigning organisation, dedicated to the protection and promotion of the country’s historical, artistic and environmental heritage - Legambiente Italian environmentalist association with roots in the anti-nuclear movement

External links[edit]

Cittaslow Italy, (slow cities)


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  1. wikipedia:Random act of kindness#Examples of events or groups
  2. Worldwatch Institute, 2007
  4. @yesmagazine
  8. The Guardian
  9. BBC News
  10. @labgov
  11. URBACT The blog
  12. The Independent
  13. BBC News
  15. CityLab
  16. Shareable
  17. Euorpean Green Capital
  18. Shareable
  19. @labgov
  20. Transition Network
  21. European Green Capital
  22. Michel Bauwens,
  25. wireditalia