Record number of cities apply for European Green Capital 2019 and European Green Leaf 2018 Awards
A total of 28 cities have applied for the European Green Capital Award 2019 and European Green Leaf Award 2018.
EU Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner, Karmenu Vella said: ‘I am delighted to see a record number of entries for this year’s competitions. More and more cities are realizing that investing in making our cities greener means investing in people’s well-being, in jobs and in a healthy environment. Cities are the places where Europe’s growth potential is greatest and where most Europeans see environment policy in action. These applicant cities are showing us the kind of urban commitment and innovation which will help them, and others, prosper well into the future.’
The European Green Capital Award, now in its tenth year, pays tribute to those cities where innovative urban environmental management and initiatives have taken hold; it is recognition of a city at the cutting edge of environmentally-friendly urban living. European Green Capital Award winners lead the way in setting higher standards in sustainable urban development, listening to what their citizens want and pioneering innovative solutions to environmental challenges.
2017 also sees the third cycle of the European Green Leaf Award, which seeks to recognize the progress made by Europe’s smaller cities and towns in their commitment to improving the quality of life for their citizens and exhibiting good environmental practice.