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Re-inventing the city: smartness and resilience to face new challenges

Re.inventing the city: smartness and resilience to face new challenges - overview

Exploring the transition that the cities of the near future will have to implement to counter the effects of climate change: a transformation that involves institutions, companies, associations and, more generally, citizens. It is the main theme addressed at the conference "Re-inventing the city: smartness and resilience to face new challenges", organized by the Hera Group in Bologna, in the multi-utility headquarters.
The young actress Ludovica Nasti stepped in first, performing in a reading of the touching text "I have a dream" by the writer Stefano Massini.
Regeneration of resources and sustainability as a business leverage were the focus of the opening speech by the Executive Chairman of the Hera Group, Tomaso Tommasi di Vignano, who then gave the floor to the moderator of the entire afternoon, the director of Rai News 24 Antonio Di Bella. The first intermezzo was dedicated to the video with the results in terms of sustainability achieved by the Group in 2018, and collected in the Sustainability Report.

"The most important contribution to urbanization, to tackle climate change, is to improve social cohesion", said during his speech the guest of honor Paul Romer, Nobel Prize 2018 for Economics and professor at NYU Stern School of Business.
Then, the other speakers of the conference took turns on the stage, from the architect Stefano Boeri to the Global Ambassador of the B Corp Marcello Palazzi, from the full professor to the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and to the IUAV University of Venice, Paola Viganò, to the former mayor of Bogotà, Antanas Mockus, and the current first citizen of Bologna, Virginio Merola.
The concluding remarks were made by the Chief Executive Officer of the Hera Group, Stefano Venier, who in his speech also emphasized: "In addition to the technological upgrade, the city of tomorrow will have to be based on the circular and resilient economy, able to adapt to change climate to ensure continuity of essential services for everyone's life”.

Finally, the attention of those present was all for the children’s choir "Mariele Ventre" of the Antoniano of Bologna, which performed a moving cover of "Sing For The Climate", the famous song about the environment born in Belgium, in 2012, at the initiative of environmental director and activist Nic Balthazar.

REINVENTING THE CITY Regenerating resources to move to a society based on the circular economy
Viale Berti Pichat 2/4, Bologna
Thursday 6th June 2019
h. 2.30 p.m. - 6.15 p.m.
2.30 p.m.
Welcome coffee
2.45 p.m.
Reading Italian actress
Ludovica Nasti
Script by Stefano Massini
2.55 p.m.
Opening address
Tomaso Tommasi di Vignano
Executive Chairman of Hera S.p.A.
3.10 p.m.
Hera Sustainability Report 2018
3.20 p.m.
The Urgency of Successful Urban Opportunity
Paul Romer
NYU Stern School of Business
2018 Nobel Laureate in Economics
4.10 p.m.
Architecture, City and Urban Forestry
Stefano Boeri
4.30 p.m.
Regenerative enterprises for resilient cities:
the B Corp model

Marcello Palazzi
Co-Founder, B Lab Europe & Global Ambassador,
B Corps
4.50 p.m.
Designing the city, today
Paola Viganò
Architect and Urbanist - Professor at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Luasanne and Università Iuav of Venice
5.10 p.m.
Antonio Di Bella in conversation with:
Virginio Merola, Mayor of Bologna and
Antanas Mockus, Former mayor of Bogotá, Senador de la República de Colombia
5.45 p.m.
Closing remarks
Stefano Venier
CEO of Hera S.p.A.
6.00 p.m.
Sing for the Climate
Piccolo coro "Mariele Ventre"
dell'Antoniano di Bologna
6.15 p.m.
Proceeding moderated by:
Antonio Di Bella
Director of Rai News 24
During the event the 2018 Sustainability Report has been presented
REINVENTING THE CITY Regenerating resources to move to a society based on the circular economy
REINVENTING THE CITY Regenerating resources to move to a society based on the circular economy
Sustainability and Shared value
Sostenibilità e Valore condiviso
2018 Economic results
Risultati economici 2018 - Il commento del Presidente