Nora Danko, Urban Greening Initiatives Coordinator, City of Antwerp

In 2008, Nora started as Ecocity Projects coordinator for Antwerp at the EcoHuis, the City’s urban sustainability advice centre. Since 2012, her projects have shifted more towards urban greening and climate resilience. The EcoHuis now has a diverse menu for citizens looking to make their surroundings greener. Nora also advises schools and organisations on de-paving, greening roofs, facades and urban gardens.

Aside from these standard services, Nora is engaged in multiple change processes within the City. She energetically holds workshops for street committees, brings together different City departments to optimise policies and to remove barriers for green actions, initiates Urban Labs on future topics.

As a landscape architect with a background in sustainable development research, she founded the core team of the Climate-resilient Sint-Andries project with colleague Reinhilde Schmit, also a EUGIC 2019 speaker. Nora currently runns an Urban Lab on climate-resilient roofs with a wide range of stakeholders.

Together with her small urban green advice team, Nora believes in the power of communication: sharing tips and inspiring stories on urban greening in Antwerp via www.plantwerpen.be and www.stadslab2050.be, installing demonstration roofs and hosting a practical exhibition on ‘less grey, more green’.