Stanz im Mürztal is located in a rural area in the province of Styria in Austria. It has a total population of 1 844 inhabitants and faces the common challenges of depopulation and a small-scale economy. In 2016, it launched initiatives around improving the village centre, mobility, and overall quality of life with the active participation of the residents - the ‘Local Agenda 21’ process. Future plans are to focus on self-sufficient energy production and increase of supply from renewable energy sources to 100%.
Stanz hosts the 2nd Smart Rural 21 project regional workshop
The Austrian village will see two days – 4-5 November 2021 – of exchanges on Smart Rural 21 project outcomes and smart village approaches and solutions, particularly those that contribute to CO2 emissions reduction, including renewable energy and local energy communities.
Stanz regional workshop in local media
A local online publication, MeinBezirk., has reported on the second Smart Rural 21 regional workshop, hosted by Stanz.
Stanz gains acknowledgement for energy efficiency
The energy and climate policy commitment to the ‘e5 programme for energy-efficient communities’ – the Austrian branch of the European Energy Award – got Stanz recognition and four out of the five ‘e-s’.
Stanz wooden centre recognised for sustainability
The newly constructed multifunctional building in the centre of Stanz was recently recognised as a sustainable action – it was awarded the prize for exemplary timber construction of the province of Styria.
Stanz multifunctional centre among finalists for Architecture and Sustainability Award
The new multifunctional building in Stanz is one of ten nominated for the Austrian State Prize for Architecture and Sustainability.
Photo © Kurt Hoerbst
Stanz: the transformation of a rural community
Stanz, the location of the second Smart Rural 21 regional workshop, used the opportunity to showcase its smart strategy, firmly grounded in social innovation and local participation, as well as investment in renewable energies.
Smart Rural Communities Cafés are organised for selected and Come Along! Smart Rural 21 villages. Each café is hosted by the representative(s) of a local community who talk about the community’s approach to ‘smart villages’, community engagement, inspiring initiatives and much more… During the Smart Cafés village representatives can discuss informally ideas, approaches and questions ... Read more
Smart Village Academy
Two Smart Rural Academy online events were organised within the framework of the Smart Rural 21 project, with the participation of over 100 village representatives (from the 21 participant and Come Along! villages), Smart Rural 21 core team members and national experts. The main purpose of the meetings was to inspire participants through presenting and ... Read more
The Smart Rural project is a two and a half-year project supported by the European Commission (DG AGRI) with the overall aim to promote and inspire villages to develop and implement smart village approaches and strategies across Europe, and to draw conclusions and support future policy interventions on smart villages.
- Dec 2019 - Smart Rural 21 project started.
- Jan 2020 - Strategy development started with five preselected villages.
- Jan – Jun 2020 - Application to become one of the additional 16 villages.
- Jun 2020 - 16 additional villages selected & started strategy developement.
- 27 Oct 2020 - 1st Smart Village Academy
- Dec 2020 - All selected villages complete their smart strategies
- Feb 2021 - Smart action planning starts in all 21 villages
- 23-24 Feb 2021 - 2nd Smart Village Academy
- Jul 2021 - Selection of 2 villages to complete strategic actions in full
- Sept 2021 - 2nd Regional Workshop
- Jun 2021 - 1st Regional Workshop (Northern Region)
- Dec 2021 - Strategic action support completed in 21 villages
- Apr 2022 - Final Conference
- Jun 2022 - Smart Rural 21 project ends