STOP PRESS: EU Green Capital 2018 announced
On the 22nd June, the Dutch city of Nijmegen, from the Netherlands won the 2018 European Green Capital in an awards ceremony this evening in Ljubljana beating off competition from ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NL) and Umeå, (Sweden). The initiative was launched by the European Commission in 2008. The European Green Capital Award seeks to reward cities which are making efforts to improve the urban environment and move towards healthier and sustainable living areas. Progress is its own reward, but the satisfaction involved in winning a prestigious European award spurs cities to invest in further efforts and boosts awareness within the city as well as in other cities. The award enables cities to inspire each other and share examples of good practices in situ. The overarching message that the award scheme aims to communicate to the local level is that Europeans have a right to live in healthy urban areas. Cities should therefore strive to improve the quality of life of their citizens and reduce their impact on the global environment. Meanwhile the 2017 Green Leaf Award has been awarded to Galway in Ireland. The European Green Leaf is aimed at cities and towns, with between 20,000 and 100,000 inhabitants, recognising commitment to better environmental outcomes, with a particular accent on efforts that generate green growth and new jobs.
The objectives of the European Green Leaf are threefold:
- To recognise cities that demonstrate a good environmental record and commitment to generating green growth;
- To encourage cities to actively develop citizens’ environmental awareness and involvement;
- To identify cities able to act as a ‘green ambassador’ and to encourage other cities to progress towards a better sustainability outcomes.
The European Green Leaf is awarded each year by the European Commission in conjunction with the European Green Capital Award