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News Archive 2012

Eskerrik asko Gasteiz!

20 December 12

2012ko abenduak 21 Gasteizek ilusioz beteriko urtea bizi izan du aurten. Izan ere, Euskal Autonomia Erkidegoko hiriburuak, 2012ko Europako Hiriburu Berdea titulua bere eskuetan izan du urte honetan. Europako Batzordeak Gasteiz aukeratu izanaren erabakia, ingurumeneko arauak betetzen dituela erakutsi eta ingurumen hobekuntzaren nahiz garapen iraungarriaren alde, asmo handinahiei ekingo diela hitzemanagatik dator. Honez gain, beste […]

Gracias Vitoria-Gasteiz!

21 de diciembre de 2012 El 2012 ha sido un año emocionante para Vitoria-Gasteiz. Durante los últimos doce meses, la capital del País Vasco ha ostentado el título de Capital Verde Europea. Este premio fue otorgado por la Comisión Europea a Vitoria-Gasteiz por poseer un sólido historial de cumplimiento de requisitos medioambientales, por marcar unos […]

Wishing you a European Green Capital Christmas and a Happy New Year!

All involved with the European Green Capital Award would like to thank Vitoria-Gasteiz for being such an excellent role model to all of Europe.

Thank You / Eskerrik asko Vitoria-Gasteiz!

Thank You to Vitoria-Gasteiz for sharing the commitment to sustainable development of the city with everyone.

‘The Roots of tomorrow’ Vitoria-Gasteiz launches programme to plant 250,000 trees

12 December 12

Project aims to bring Citizens closer to the Green Belt by planting a tree for each citizen in the city

Nantes to host Ecocity World Summit 2013

The European Green Capital for 2013 will stage the 10th ECOCITY event from 25th to 27th September

The European Green Capital Award Handover Ceremony 2012

5 December 12

Vitoria-Gasteiz handover their title to Nantes for 2013.

World Energy Outlook

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released the World Energy Outlook (WEO) 2012.

European Soundscape Award Berlin Wins for Innovative Park Design

28 November 12

Local city park in Berlin wins the European Soundscape Award for its innovative noise reducing design.

The Green Workforce

The European Green Capital Award strongly encourages eco-innovation and sustainable employment.

Blue Cities

22 November 12

Blueprint to Safeguard Europes Water Resources published by the European Commission.

6 Steps to a Smarter City

Article by Rick Robinson sets out framework for achieving a Smarter City

Nantes the 2013 European Green Capital launches paperless tickets

14 November 12

E-tickets for the transportation network (the Tan) are available through their new app

European Green Capital wins at Cannes

Video about 2011 European Green Capital Hamburg wins a Gold Dolphin trophy in the On-line Media Virals Category

Vitoria-Gasteiz is a role model for China.

8 November 12

Chinese delegation to visit this years European Green Capital.

What are you doing for European Week for Waste Reduction?

EWWR helps to raise awareness of ways to reduce our waste.

Stockholm Goes Mobile

31 October 12

European Green Capital for 2010 introduces an innovative new way to promote eco-tourism – the smart phone.

Managing Water for the City of the Future

International Water Association Sustainability Award given to the SWITCH – Managing Water for the City of the Future project

Tuk Tuk Tour

25 October 12

Travel journalist Aranka van der Pol shows how we can travel in a more green way.

Get ready for Earth Hour 2013! Official 2013 Campaign video released this week

It’s lights out on Saturday 23rd March next year.

Eight cities apply for European Green Capital Award 2015

19 October 12

The deadline for submitting entries to become European Green Capital 2015 is now closed.

Education is the key to a green future – opportunity for research funding

The most powerful tool in combating climate change is education.

Surveying the ‘green economy’ landscape post Rio+20.

10 October 12

Green Economy Coalition secretariat draft a background paper giving a concise and balanced snapshot of who is doing what and where.

And the CIVITAS Awards go to…

The ninth edition of the CIVITAS Awards took place in the 2012 European Green Capital, Vitoria-Gasteiz.

Thinking outside of the box.

4 October 12

As part of Bristols bid to become the European Green Capital 2015, a competition was launched to get a vision for a Green Learning Cloud linked to their website.

Smart cities are a way of life.

European Green Capital Award team attends 2nd National Smart Cities Summit in Dublin.

The European Union and China Join Forces

26 September 12

Financing agreement signed promoting the environment, transition towards a low-carbon economy and a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in China.

Blue Growth

European Commission set out its views on the sustainable development of the marine and maritime resources.

Earth has “Overshot”

19 September 12

August 22nd was Earth Overshoot Day, marking the date when humanity has exhausted natures budget for the year.

New Knowledge Centre on Cities and Climate Change

Online knowledge centre launched to make information on climate change easily accessible

One month left for cities to apply for the European Green Capital Award 2015

14 September 12

Cities across Europe with more than 200,000 inhabitants still have time to apply for the title of European Green Capital 2015.

European Mobility Week – Moving in the right direction?

12 September 12

This week-long initiative was established to highlight mobility issues and to encourage the development of innovative, long term solutions.

20 years of sustainable development in Europe? A guide for citizens

The European Commission has written a user-friendly edition of Eurostats Sustainable Development Indicators (SDIs) report

Winners of 2012 European Green Capital Media Competition

5 September 12

The winners of this years social media competition are Christian and Dana from Bacau, Romania.

World Water Week Stockholm

This years world water week took place in Stockholm from the 26th to the 31st of August

London’s Steps to Sustainability

29 August 12

This years London Olympics and Paralympics is a celebration of athletic achievement, dedication and also sustainability.

Rollo’s Ride for the European Green Capital

Rollo Lewis cycled 1182 km in 13 days to Vitoria-Gasteiz to support Bristols bid to be the 2014 European Green Capital

New Directive on E-waste Impacts on Potential European Green Capitals

22 August 12

Directive will strengthen existing practices to reduce the impact of e-waste on the environment.

First Resilient Cities Award

This year will mark the first ever Resilient Cities Award to acknowledge excellence in the field of sustainabilty.

Zoe Makes a Splash

15 August 12

Interactive story book teaches children the importance of water in our society.

Experience the 2012 European Green Capital from Your Own Home

Vitoria-Gasteiz has launched its 360 degree virtual tour.

Sustainable Olympics 2012

8 August 12

The 2012 Olympic Games intends on breaking more than just sporting records.

Triathletes invade Vitoria-Gasteiz

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) Long Distance World Championship took place in the European Green Capital 2012.

European Green Capital 2015 Workshop for Applicant Cities

Does your City have what it takes to become the next European Green Capital?

Using Social Media to Win the European Green Capital Award

1 August 12

Engage the general public in the concept of sustainable living through social media.

Future City Leaders

ICLEI are ensuring future sustainability of cities through the FutureCityLeaders Initiative.

Video Released of European Green Capital 2014 Award Ceremony in Vitoria-Gasteiz

Watch the video here

The EU needs to “Walk the Talk” according to the ESDN

25 July 12

European Green Capital for 2014 – Denmark, hosts the ESDN Conference 2012.

4 out of 5 European Green Capitals are also CIVITAS Cities

CIVITAS Forum network comprises of 200 cities which in turn represent 68 million citizens in 31 countries.

EEA Share their Ideas on Green Cities

18 July 12

The European Environment Agency published their report on Urban adaption to climate change in Europe in May.

Vitoria-Gasteiz’s Green Factories

Vitoria-Gasteiz is inviting people to take part in guided tours of their Green Factories

It’s not the winning that counts – Bristol shows how applying for the award has made them even more determined

11 July 12

The city reached the finals of the award for the second time this year

Green Video Competition Deadline Extended to July 31st

We are calling all aspiring film makers to produce a five-minute video.

The European Commission’s visit to the 2013 European Green Capital – Nantes

Karl Falkenberg, Director General of the Environment of the European Commission, visited Nantes

Vitoria-Gasteiz Hosts the European Green Capital Award Ceremony

5 July 12

Copenhagen announced as the winner to rapturous applause

Copenhagen European Green Capital 2014

2 July 12

The Danish city of Copenhagen has won the European Green Capital Award for 2014.

Escalating Urban Development Puts added Pressure on the Environment

27 June 12

ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) World Congress held in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Anticipation Builds as Winner is Announced this Friday

Excitement is building as this Friday, the 29th of June, the winner of the European Green Capital Award for 2014 will be announced in Vitoria-Gasteiz (this year’s Award winner).

GEO 5 Report Released – Europe Must Try Harder

The fifth edition of the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5) had some harrowing conclusions.

Vitoria-Gasteiz Shares their Secret to a European Green Capital

20 June 12

Vitoria-Gasteiz European Green Capital 2012 Exhibition opens in the Europa Conference and Exhibition Centre

Vitoria-Gasteiz Shares their Secret to a European Green Capital

Vitoria-Gasteiz European Green Capital 2012 Exhibition opens in the Europa Conference and Exhibition Centre

Calling All Green Cities

Commission launches search for the European Green Capital 2015

Calling All Green Cities

Commission launches search for the European Green Capital 2015

Commission launches search for European Green Capital 2015

15 June 12

Will your city be the next European Green Capital?

Commission launches search for European Green Capital 2015

Will your city be the next European Green Capital?

Super Model Plants 50,000 Trees for World Environment Day 2012

13 June 12

World Environment Day (WED) has been celebrated for the fortieth year in Rio, Brazil.

ICLEI Take Stock of Environmental Progress

Just ahead of the much anticipated Rio+20, ICLEI released their Local Sustainability 2012 study.

MAKE A WINNING “GREEN” CITY VIDEO FOR A TRIP TO VISIT SPANISH EUROPEAN GREEN CAPITAL 2012

6 June 12

The prize is a weekend for two people to visit the 2012 European Green Capital, Vitoria-Gasteiz in Spain.

University of Greenwich awarded 1st class in the People & Planet Green League 2012

On the 28th of May the People and Planet Green League 2012 was published.

The Resilient Cities Global Forum 2012 Shows How a Green City is a Resilient City

30 May 12

Bonn, Germany hosted this year’s Resilient Cities Conference on the 12th – 15th of May.

St. Joseph’s College, Athlone, Worm Their Way to First Place at the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Award 2012

The final of this year’s ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Award was held on Tuesday the 8th of May in the Mansion House in Dublin City.

The 2012 European Green Capital leads the movement of Cities having a more prominent role in environmental policies

23 May 12

Vitoria-Gasteiz hosted the “Cities for a Green Economy” Conference

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

Come and visit us at Green Week!

What makes a European City Green? Good Practice Report launched

16 May 12

The European Green Capital Secretariat recently published the Good Practice Report for the 2014 Competition Cycle.

Spotlight on European Green Capital 2014 Finalists

Bristol, Copenhagen or Frankfurt: who will be European Green Capital in 2014?

Nantes to cycle through their Green Capital year.

9 May 12

Nantes, the European Green Green Capital for 2013, will host the 75th International Cycling Week with the French Federation of Cycling (FFCT).

AUPA! The Scouts in Álava lead by example and support the European Green Capital

More than 300 young scouts from Álava celebrated the feast of the patron, Gorka Deuna, with a series of events with the environment at their core.

Bristol shows Going Green is in fashion, with designer Vivienne Westwood

2 May 12

Bristol will see Vivienne Westwood and a host of other celebrities speak at the launch of Bristols Big Green Week

The Commission kicks start support for adaptation

The European Commission has initiated a project that will kick start the EUs engagement and support for cities in developing and implementing adaptation strategies to climate change.

One person’s rubbish is another person’s treasure!

25 April 12

Don’t throw away the potential resources that waste! is the finding of a new European Commission Report.

Vitoria-Gasteiz launches a sustainable events guide for their year as European Green Capital 2012

18 April 12

The municipal department of the Environment and Public Space has developed guidelines for organizing sustainable events in Vitoria-Gasteiz.

Come to Vitoria-Gasteiz to get a taste of what it means to be Green

Want to taste some of the spirit of Vitoria-Gasteiz, the 2012 European Green Capital?

Get involved! ICLEI and EMI launch a Survey on urban sustainability in cities

The European Metroplitan network Institute (EMI) and ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) have jointly launched a digital questionnaire on urban sustainability.

Bristol, Copenhagen and Frankfurt shortlisted for 2014 European Green Capital award

12 April 12

Bristol, Copenhagen and Frankfurt have been chosen as the three finalists in the competition to find Europe’s Green Capital for 2014.

Vitoria-Gasteiz has the recipe for success as the 2012 European Green Capital

Feeling hungry? Let the European Green Capital satisfy your appetite!.

Have your say on the Environment – The European Commission wants your views.

The European Commission has launched a public consultation to gather views on the 7th EU Environmental Action Programme.

Read all about it! Vitoria-Gasteiz features in The Financial Times

11 April 12

The 2012 European Green Capital Vitoria-Gasteiz has featured in The Financial Times, where they profiled the City and how it came to win the title.

European Green Capital Award achievements recognised in Taiwan!

4 April 12

Symposium hears of the European Green Capital and Japanese experience in EcoCity or Green City development and aims to chart a similar strategy for Taiwan.

Vitoria-Gasteiz’s a shining example at the 5th Summit of Europe’s Cities and Regions

Vitoria-Gasteiz, the 2012 European Green Capital shown as an example of how sustainability can be achieved in a city.

One person’s rubbish is another person’s treasure!

2 April 12

Don’t throw away the potential resources that waste! is the finding of a new European Commission Report.

A flood of Europeans call for stronger EU action on Water

28 March 12

Close to three quarters of Europeans think that the EU should propose additional measures to address water problems in Europe.

Could you be on the next Expert Evaluation Panel for the European Green Capital Award?

The European Green Capital Award is holding an open Call for Expert Evaluation Panel Members.

Get on your Bike! Vitoria-Gasteiz launches bike scheme

It is hoped this system will offer the public increased access in terms of using bicycles without having to buy one.

Eco-Collaboration! Vitoria-Gasteiz launches a programme to get citizens involved

Ekolabora! is a citizen involvement program that will encourage those living in Vitoria-Gasteiz to participate in its year as European Green Capital.

Get Ready! Vitoria-Gasteiz will begin new project to rehabilitate its Green Belt.

20 March 12

The 2012 European Green Capital announced that, after the Summer, it will begin the first phase of work to rehabilitate its green belt.

The Stars come out to support Vitoria-Gasteiz in the Spanish capital.

The stars came out in force to support Vitoria- Gasteiz- the 2012 European Green Capital, in Spain’s capital city of Madrid.

Vitoria-Gasteiz in the spotlight with ICLEI

14 March 12

Vitoria-Gasteiz, the 2012 European Green Capital, is in the limelight this week as they appear on ICLEIs website as their member in the spotlight for the month.

Bologna wins European Mobility Week Award 2011

13 March 12

The Italian city of Bologna has won the 2011 European Mobility Week Award.

Former EU Green Capital Stockholm doubles up on sustainability

8 March 12

The 2010 European Green Capital Winner Stockholm (Sweden) has taken a step further in consolidating its reputation as a global leader in green urban planning with its latest project, Stockholm Royal Seaport.

EU Concerto Initiative launches website

The EU CONCERTO initiative is proving that cities and communities can be transformed into pioneers of energy efficiency and sustainability.

UN Global Sustainability Report

28 February 12

The Global Sustainability Panel established in August 2010 launched his report on sustainable development and low-carbon prosperity.

2ND Committee of the Regions Report on Europe: delivering Europe 2020 in partnership

On December 13th, the Committee of the Regions (CoR) Bureau discussed the 2nd CoR Monitoring Report on Europe 2020.

Vitoria-Gasteiz’ “Green Deal” gets 150 applications for membership.

21 February 12

The Mayor of Vitoria-Gasteiz- Javier Maroto and Esther Unceta-Barrenechea the manager of the San Prudencio Work Foundation presented a list of 150 companies that wanted to sign up to the the cities Green Deal initiative.

New video on Vitoria-Gasteiz- The 2012 European Green Capital

16 February 12

“This is my City” is the new video produced by this year’s European Green Capital Vitoria-Gasteiz.

Vitoria-Gasteiz features in The National Geographic

15 February 12

The 2012 European Green Capital Vitoria-Gasteiz has featured in The National Geographic, who profiled the City and how it came to win the title.

Save the Date- 2012 CIVITAS Forum taking place in Vitoria-Gasteiz!

14 February 12

The CIVITAS Forum 2012/CIVITAS Plus Final Conference to take place Mon-Wed 24th-26th September 2012.

Extra Extra Read all about Vitoria-Gasteiz! New brochure produced on our 2012 European Green Capital

9 February 12

The Commission presents a new brochure on Vitoria-Gasteiz as the European Green Capital for 2012.

Queen Sofia of Spain opens Vitoria-Gasteiz Inauguration Ceremony

8 February 12

On the 7th February Vitoria-Gasteiz held its opening ceremony to launch its year as European Green Capital 2012.

Vitoria-Gasteiz Launches a competition for its Opening Ceremony

3 February 12

On the 7th February Vitoria-Gasteiz will be holding its opening ceremony to launch its year as European Green Capital.

Fitur- The International Tourism Trade Fair lays out its Green Carpet

25 January 12

The European Green Capital Vitoria prominently in the International Tourism Fair, Fitur.

Vitoria-Gasteiz, where Green is Capital

24 January 12

On 15 December, 2011, the European Commission officially handed over the “European Green Capital” title from Hamburg, Germany to Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.

Zulueta Palace inaugurated as Vitorial Gasteiz’s European Green Capital headquarters

23 January 12

On the 12th January, the mayor of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Javier Maroto inaugurated Zulueta Palace as the headquarters for Vitoria-Gasteiz’s year as European Green Capital.

Waste- a short cut to job creation and lower costs

18 January 12

The EUs economy uses 16 tonnes of materials per person per year, of which 6 tonnes becomes waste, half of it going to landfill.

Partnerships are key: Vitoria-Gasteiz announces new Project Partner

11 January 12

A major shopping centre in Vitoria-Gasteiz has pledged to support the city in its year as European Green Capital by becoming a partner with the City during it’s year holding the title.

Happy New Year

4 January 12

The European Green Capital Award would like to wish everyone a very Happy and Sustainable New Year.

Commission hands over European Green Capital 2012 title to Vitoria-Gasteiz

On 15 December, 2011, the European Commission officially handed over the “European Green Capital” title from Hamburg, Germany to Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.