Green Cities Fit for Life

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City Diary

Have you wondered what it’s like to live in a European Green Capital? Now you can hear from some of the people who are doing just that. We will be posting interviews with residents of our Green Capitals and Green Leaf cities to see how achieving the title has impacted on their lives.

First meet Lars Westra from Nijmegen, our incoming European Green Capital for 2018.

Dominique Ellen van de Pol works in the area of sustainable fashion and is a resident of our European Green Capital for 2017, Essen.

Another resident of Essen, European Green Capital 2017, is Nils Mosh. Nils, who works as a sound designer, composer and field recordist is this year undertaking an interesting project to record the sounds of his home city.

Teresa Deckert is the third citizen from Essen in our City Diaries. As a Project Manager for the greenApes App, Teresa helps show citizens that sustainable change can start with small, committed steps via a simple mobile phone App.

The next European Green Capital Citizen hails from one of the very first winning cities – Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, winner in 2012. Being green doesn’t stop after a city’s winning year and we can see that Vitoria-Gasteiz continues to be a role model for prospective European Green Capitals. We hope you enjoy meeting Brian Webster, a volunteer biodiversity conservationist at the Citizen Science Scheme in the city.

Rounding out the last City Diary from Essen this year is Jörn Hamacher. A freelancer working in sustainable development, Jörn has been actively involved with the ‘Transition Town’ initiative across Germany since 2011. His passion for taking care of our cities and creating community gardens has led him to join Essen’s European Green Capital Project Office where he raises awareness of the city’s sustainability initiatives.