Citizen Blogging

The blogging experience of talented and curious writers on eco-innovative activities for waste prevention and management

In our project community, engagement was key. Our citizen bloggers lived in the UrbanWINS cities and were able to discover how eco-innovation happens locally, in their blogposts they regularly reported on the progress of UrbanWINS in their cities and they did so in their language, so that their neighbours could follow what was happening.

Have a look at their profiles and blogposts:

Have a look at their profiles and blogposts:

Maria Agell Riba, Sabadell
Maria works as a waste technician in a company that is in charge of the household waste management in Barcelona. She studied an MSc on waste and resource management at Cranfield University. As an environmental scientist, she is interested in working towards reducing the environmental impact caused by our life style. She keeps us up to date about UrbanWINS in Sabadell on the online Agoras here.
Núria Cases i Sampere, Sabadell
“It was great for us to see how a European project actually works on the ground. The participative process was a major innovation in Sabadell. Knowing that the citizens’ inout was taken into account in this significant way is a great result. Now Sabadell needs to find out how to make us of this process in different areas of their city development. For me, accompanying the process through our reporting was an interesting experience and one that I will take forward in my work.”
Núria works as an environmental consultant specialized on waste and resource management. Núria believes on the need to make a more sustainable use of our resources and has interest to broaden her knowledge on how circular economy can be implemented in cities. Find out more in her blog about the UrbanWINS final conference in her post. Read more of her posts here.
Cinthia Pereira Rosa, Manresa
Cinthia has a background in environmental research and communicating to citizens on technical environmental topics, and is blogging about activities in Manresa. She has her own blog dedicated to sustainability and the circular economy, where she posts regular updates about the most exciting UrbnWINS developments in her city. Find the blog here.
Antonio Castagna, Turin 
“Working with UrbanWINS was significant above all for the number and quality of the relationships started in the city of Turin, which was unpredictable when we started”
Antonio works as a trainer in management education, being a coach, an activist and a story teller about environmental questions. He intends to understand and contribute to the growth of learning communities, being able to interweave local little questions with wider visions. His articles have been published in the newsletter of Rifiutilab. Read his article about UrbanWINS in Italy here. And in this article, Antonio has written about the three pilot actions in the city of Turin.
Valerio Gamba, Cremona
“UrbanWINS Project was a good experience for the City of Cremona, especially for its role of leading city, because it was an opportunity to have a European and international view on the items of the sustainable economy, also for a little city. The citizens had the opportunity to understand better the complexity of environmental policies and to give their contributions. The city of Cremona increased its experience from the comparison with the other cities involved in the project. It would be also important to have the instruments to spread the good experience to neighbouring cities and to act in a broader territorial context.”
Valerio is an environmental engineer who has worked with the University of Milan and regularly contributes to several environmental and cultural blogs. His focus will be on the environmental activities and policies in Cremona. Read his article about the ‘No Spreco’ (no waste) initiative here; Check this and other articles on UrbanWINS on his blog.
Luca Priori, Albano Laziale
Luca works as a journalist in Albano Laziale and is interested in collaborating with online and paper-based publications to communicate the project’s activities and on environmental issues in the local area. He has published articles in Albano Laziale portal, as well different newspapers, such as Ilmamilio.it, CastelliToday, L’Osservatore d’Italia, Controluce, and Non Solo Rosa.
Micael Sousa, Leiria
Micael runs several blogs on political and environmental topics and is blogging about UrbanWINS activities in Leiria. He also writes in local newspapers and magazines. Micael has written an UrbanWINS post on the European Commission’s DG REGIO blog. Read his article his article on how Leiria’s local events can and should become more sustainable: He also wrote about local participation processes and their potential impact on local policy making in this post. He also made a video about UrbanWINS in Leiria, which you can watch here. Check more of his articles on UrbanWINS here and here.
Matei Dumitru, Bucharest
“The UrbanWINS project was a success first of all because it has somehow been able to sensitize a local public authority about the issues of municipal waste and the European obligations as a member state.”
Matei has been an independent journalist since 1990 and has been involved in monthly Ecologic Magazine, focused on environmental protection and sustainable development since 2004. He is interested in the perception of municipal waste as an economic, environmental and social indicator of the priorities and progress of cities, in particular Bucharest. Matei is publishing news about UrbanWINS in Ecologic Magazine and on the publication’s Facebook page. Read about the last urban agora on Bucharest in his blog post.
Find out more about the pilot actions in Bucharest’s primary schools in this blog post.
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