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Sustainable development - 28.06.2013

Become the European Green Capital in 2016
Is your city actively involved in the protection of nature and biodiversity? Does it pay special attention to issues such as the air quality or acoustic environment? Is it a sustainable city model? If so, apply for the European Green Capital Award.

This European initiative aims to reward cities’ efforts to face environmental challenges. Due to its reputation, the prize is a source of inspiration for other cities wishing to place sustainable development at the heart of their policies and activities.

Who can participate? Cities from EU Member States as well as acceding and candidate countries – Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey, and European Economic Area countries – Liechtenstein and Norway.

Since the award is open to municipalities with more than 100 000 inhabitants, this year 400 cities are called to apply for the title. In the previous editions only cities with a population of 200 000 or more were eligible.

How to participate?  Cities can apply online via  the European Commission website.

When? The deadline for applications will close at 13.00 (central European time) 17 October 2013 and the winner will be announced in June 2014.

How to know if you are eligible?  Here you have 12 environmental indicators that will be taken into account by the jury: climate change, mitigation and adaptation; local transport; green urban areas incorporating sustainable land use; nature and biodiversity; ambient air quality; quality of the acoustic environment; waste production and management; water management; wastewater treatment; eco-innovation and sustainable employment; energy performance; integrated environmental management.   

For further more information, you can have a look at the European Green Capital website.
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