Europe’s first Green Capitals: Stockholm and Hamburg
Stockholm Image © Claudio.Ar
With almost four out of five Europeans now living in cities, urban authorities play a crucial role in determining the kind of environment in which most Europeans live. Moreover, action to address air pollution, traffic congestion, green areas, and water and waste treatment affects the quality of life not only in urban areas but also in the countryside.
The European Commission launched the European Green Capital Award last year to acknowledge and reward urban authorities' efforts to improve the environment and move towards healthier and sustainable living areas.
Out of 35 applicants across Europe, eight very strong candidates were shortlisted: Amsterdam, Bristol, Copenhagen, Freiburg im Breisgau, Hamburg, Münster, Oslo and Stockholm.
Applications for the 2012 title will open in September 2009. All cities meeting the application criteria, including those shortlisted in previous years, may apply. For the application criteria and general information on the award, please see the European Green Capital website.
For more information on the winners, see the European Commission’s press release.