Case Studies

Metropolis wishes to build a network of initiatives among metropolitan governments and their collaborating partners to promote projects in partnership for urban sustainability, in environmental, economic, social, and cultural aspects. Here you can find examples of good practice in our case studies and contact local experts. If you are an expert yourself, we encourage you to register and upload your own case study.

Recycling Initiative of Karak municipality, Jordan

Karak, Jordan

Recycling Initiative of Karak municipality, Jordan

A small project in Karak is making a significant shift towards more sustainable waste management in Jordan. more

Friends and Neighbours - a community nature project

Cape Town, South Africa

Friends and Neighbours - a community nature project

The project aims to reconnect people with nature, build social capital and maintain and enhance ecosystem services. more

Efficient and Sustainable Facility Management in the City of Freiburg

Freiburg, Germany

Efficient and Sustainable Facility Management in the City of Freiburg

Central facility management creates a sound database for sustainable planning of the retrofitting and extension of buildings as well as new buildings of Freiburg’s City Administration. more

Flood Information System of the State of Paraná, Brazil

State of Paraná, Brazil

Flood Information System of the State of Paraná, Brazil

The quality and timeliness of flood warning need to be improved in many places in Brazil. To achieve this aim a complex multi-level and multi-dimensional process is required. The State of Paraná in Brazil has undertaken such a process with promising results. more

Strengthening the Women of El Alto (Bolivia) through Cultivation of Agricultural  Products

El Alto, Bolivia

Strengthening the Women of El Alto (Bolivia) through Cultivation of Agricultural Products

The project for self-sustaining agriculture focuses on local families and especially on the women who have organized themselves in almost 600 community organizations in order to take care of daily issues in residential areas. more

Free Public Transport in Tallinn

Tallinn, Estonia

Shortlisted project

Free Public Transport in Tallinn

In January 2013 the capital of Estonia made a shift to free public transport and became the world's largest city to offer free transit for all its residents. more

Disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation strategies for building resilient communities

Albay (Province), Philippines

Shortlisted project

Disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation strategies for building resilient communities

The province of Albay in the Philippines institutionalized strategies of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) to guarantee economic prosperity and keep its population safe. more

The Green Line: Social Development Comprehensive Plan (La Línea Verde)

Aguascalientes City, Mexico

Shortlisted project

The Green Line: Social Development Comprehensive Plan (La Línea Verde)

The aim of the Línea Verde is to provide public spaces that contribute to enhance community life for more than 300,000 inhabitants living in the poorest area of the city. more

Dakar paving streets by hands

Dakar, Senegal

Shortlisted project

Dakar paving streets by hands

The program aims at modernizing and embellishing the city of Dakar while more than 1,500 employments can be created. more

Helsinki Region Infoshare (HRI)

Greater Helsinki, Finland

Shortlisted project

Helsinki Region Infoshare (HRI)

In 2010, the cities of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area began sharing public data for anyone to use freely. These open datasets, available through a web platform (www.hri.fi), make it possible for citizens to develop applications and follow public decision making. more

Edinburgh Outdoors

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Shortlisted project

Edinburgh Outdoors

Edinburgh Outdoors is a digital service launched in February 2013 providing a new way for locals and tourists to enjoy Edinburgh’s parks and green spaces. more

Entrepreneurs for the Future (e4f )

Birmingham, United Kingdom

Shortlisted project

Entrepreneurs for the Future (e4f )

Young startup businesses benefit from tailored support and being part of a community. That’s what makes Birmingham’s ‘Entrepreneurs for the Future’ (e4f) programme stand out: it offers bespoke support and the chance to join a network of like-minded startups. more

BEACH - online employability advice

Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom

Award-winning project

BEACH - online employability advice

BEACH (Brighton & Hove Employability Advice and Careers Hut) is a website that was developed to improve young people’s employment chances. It offers employability advice specifically relating to the local situation and was designed for young people, by young people more

Gijon’s Citizen Card

Gijon, Spain

Award-winning project

Gijon’s Citizen Card

A single card, Gijon’s Citizen Card, allows Gijon's citizens to pay their bus fare, hire a bike and take out a library book. Today, 250,000 of Gijon’s citizens – 80% of the city’s population - carry this card, unlocking services and facilities across the city. more