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News Archive 2011

Vitoria-Gasteiz chosen to host meeting of the Spanish National Congress on the Environment

14 December 11

The Deputy Mayor of Vitoria-Gasteiz and Councillor for the Environment, Idoia Garmendia, brought together experts in town planning and environment to initiate the preparatory work of the 5th local CONAMA, which this year was celebrated in Vitoria-Gasteiz.

Looking back at Portugal’s move forward towards sustainability-report from the Agenda 21 Lisbon Conference

The European Green Capital Award was represented at the Glocal 2011 ‘Think Global, Act Local’ conference at Cascais near Lisbon.

First Annual Report of the Carbon Cities Climate Registry

7 December 11

The first annual report of the carbonn Cities Climate Registry has been launched, during COP17/CMP7 – Durban, South Africa

Covenant of Mayors launches two new publications

The Covenant of Mayors Office has unveiled two brand-new publications: a presentation brochure and a thematic leaflet on Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs).

Vitoria-Gasteiz has two sporting ambassadors for their year as European Green Capital!

28 November 11

Vitoria-Gasteiz has two first class sporting ambassadors to spread the message for their year as the European Green Capital, 2012.

Climate Communication for Local Government

ICLEI has compiled five new climate communication guidelines specifically for local governments.

Covenant of Mayors Ceremony: Ready, Set, Go!

The Covenant of Mayors Ceremony is only a day away.

ICLEI Members in the Spotlight

23 November 11

ICLEI are running a series focussing on ICLEI members that have been shortlisted for previous years of the European Green Capital Award as their Member in the Spotlight.

Cities of Tomorrow

14 November 11

We need to better understand the challenges that different European cities will face in the years ahead.

100 Cities Initiative

8 November 11

The 100 Cities Initiative is a forum for the best stories of change in cities that all aim for a smarter urban future.

A shining farewell to the Train of Ideas, which welcomed over 70,000 visitors

4 November 11

The Train of Ideas closed its doors for the final time last week after an extremely successful year.

The Launch of “Generation Awake”

25 October 11

The campaign "Generation Awake. Your choices make a world of difference!" was launched on Monday, 17 October in Warsaw.

Success story: Climate Week Hamburg – Europe’s largest climate change information event

The third Climate Week Hamburg, was held between 23rd and 30th September

Covenant of Mayors welcomes 3000th Signatory

19 October 11

The Covenant of Mayors has reached a new milestone in its history with the welcoming of its 3000th signatory.

19 cities across Europe apply to become the European Green Capital for 2014

17 October 11

The deadline for submitting applications for the European Commissions European Green Capital Award EGCA is now closed.

Closing date for applications is just a week away!

5 October 11

The closing date for applications for the 2014 European Green Capital title is just a week away!

ICLEI European Convention Declaration, Brussels

3 October 11

Gathering in Brussels political leaders of European cities and towns discussed their position on European and global sustainability strategies.

What can the European Green Capital Award do for your City?

28 September 11

Stockholm talks about the benefits of taking part in the competition.

Commission sets out the path to resource-efficient growth

27 September 11

The European Commission has set out a roadmap aimed at transforming Europe’s economy into a sustainable one by 2050.

Europeans leave the car at home for tenth annual Mobility Week

21 September 11

Hundreds of people in towns and cities participated in Europe’s tenth annual Mobility Week.

Our Competition Winner talks about the European Green Capital Award and the importance of being Green!

12 September 11

Our social media competition was won by Fabien Pacault from France!

Two exhibitions show Cities can be sustainable

8 September 11

The ‘Train of Ideas’ rolled into Brussels yesterday, the latest city in a series of stops around Europe.

US Mayors seek to learn from Hamburg 2011 European Green Capital

29 August 11

Six US Mayors spent a week in Germany.

Making a Splash- World Water Week 2011

23 August 11

Development Commissioner reaffirms EU’s commitment to meeting the Millennium Development Goal pledge.

Making a Splash- World Water Week 2011

Development Commissioner reaffirms EU’s commitment to meeting the Millennium Development Goal pledge.

Don’t miss your chance to be the next European Green Capital! – We launch our new video for the 2014 award

17 August 11

As part of the call for applications for the 2014 European Green Capital Award, we have launched a new video.

Benchmarking Report Now Available – Reading for Applicant Cities and those Interested in Best Practice

20 July 11

The Environmental Best Practice and Benchmarking Report for the shortlisted cities of the 2012 & 2013 award cycle is now available. The report looks at what cities are doing in relation to each of the indicators as part of their application for the 2012 & 2013 title.

Find out more about the Expert Evaluation Panel

6 July 11

The panel of internationally acknowledged experts appointed for the 2014 title will assess the information supplied by each city, including qualitative evaluations and a peer review of each application based on the following 12 environmental indicators.

Social Media Competition

21 June 11

In tandem with the launch of the call for the next European Green Capital Award, we are running a social media competition to win an 8GB, iPod touch.

Commission launches search for European Green Capital 2014

14 June 11

Will your city be the next European Green Capital? Today the search to find the city that will inherit the prestigious title in 2014 begins.

Stockholm Launches its post-assessment report for 2010

31 May 11

Stockholm’s year as the first European Green Capital is over. A lot has happened since February 2009, when the European Commission chose Stockholm as European Green Capital 2010 for its long-term and successful work towards sustainable urban development and for its ambitious targets for the future.

Green Week- Europe’s largest annual environment conference explores the spectrum of resource efficiency

25 May 11

Opening today, Green Week 2011 launches a call for citizens to “use less and live better”. During the conference’s four days, over 3500 participants will look for ways to use our planet’s resources more sustainably.

International Day for Biological Diversity

20 May 11

Biodiversity – the variety of Life on Earth – makes our planet habitable and beautiful. The theme for the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) in 2011 is Forest Biodiversity.

Brochure on the European Green Capital Hamburg Published

5 May 11

See and read what Hamburg has achieved in order to become European Green Capital 2011 in a dedicated new brochure…..

All Aboard Hamburg’s “Train of Ideas”

15 April 11

Commissioner Potočnik inaugurated Hamburg’s “Train of Ideas” today. The rolling exhibition on sustainable urban living will be visiting 18 European cities…

EU Sustainable Energy Week

11 April 11

The EU Sustainable Energy Week (11th- 15th April) will take place in Brussels and across Europe with this year’s theme being “Smart Energy for a Sustainable Future”.

Hamburg and the “APP-lication” of being the European Green Capital 2011

1 April 11

The 2011 European Green Capital Award Winner- Hamburg showcased a number of opportunities that the Award has to offer to the Real Estate Industry, at their largest trade fair- MIPIM.

Dublin Promotes European Green Capital Award

10 March 11

Dublin will host the inaugural Smart Cities Conference to examine how Irish cities and regions can join the ranks of Europe’s most economically successful and sustainable cities.

Hamburg launches a full programme of events for European Green Capital

9 February 11

This is the year to visit Hamburg! Get involved in Hamburg’s celebrations for European Green Capital 2011.

All aboard Europe’s Green Train – it’s coming to a city near you, courtesy of Hamburg

28 January 11

Hamburg, European Green Capital 2011, is coming to 18 European cities with the “Train of ideas” between April and September, showcasing sustainable urban living.