The European Commission has long recognised the important role that local authorities play in improving the environment, and their high level of commitment to genuine progress. The European Green Capital Award was conceived as an initiative to promote and reward these efforts, to spur cities to commit to further action, and to showcase and encourage exchange of best practice among European cities.
The first European Green Capital was awarded in 2010 and 6 cities have been awarded the title thus far. The European Green Capitals to date are:
The award winners were found in a close race among a group of finalists which are all excellent role models for green cities all over Europe. Follow the link to read more about all the finalists for: 2010 through to 2015 here.