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2015 Applicant Workshop

On 29th August, 2012, the Secretariat hosted an Applicant Workshop for potential applicant cities.
The workshop provided advice on how to successfully complete the 2015 Application Form and  also discussed the benefits of applying from the prospective of a winning city, a shortlisted city and a previous applicant.

Five Top Tips for Applying for the European Green Capital Award 2015:

  1. Read the Application form and Guidance document thoroughly
  2. Provide all the information asked for – or give reasons why the information is not available
  3. Set the context for answers where appropriate – show trends of where you are coming from and where you plan to go
  4. Read the Expert Panel Report, to see what the experts look for in an answer
  5. If in doubt – ASK the Secretariat!!

Five Reasons to Apply for the European Green Capital Award 2015:
The benefits of winning the competition and becoming a European Green Capital are well documented, but the overarching opinion at the workshop was “It’s not the winning, it’s the taking part that counts”. All workshop participants who had previously applied agreed there are many benefits to submitting an application – even if you’re not successful! The following points detail a number of the best reasons to apply for the European Green Capital Award:

  1. Preparing and submitting an EGC application is a useful tool for cities to measure their progress and as a benchmarking tool against peers across Europe
  2. The European Green Capital Award allows for an exchange of “Best Practices” across European cities.
  3. Preparing an application is a great opportunity for inter-departmental communications & relations within the Local Authority.
  4. Data collected for the application form may have many uses. It is an ideal opportunity to create a Sustainability Report for the city.
  5. It is useful to have one document to show the status of all the green initiatives in the city. Expert feedback on a cities application can be used to identify strong and weak areas of the city.

There were four speakers at the workshop; this was supplemented by application advice from the Secretariat and discussion of previous application case studies. All information from the workshop is available below:

  1. Overview of the Secretariat, Application Form and Guidance Note. To view this presentation please click here.
  2. Vienna: A previous applicant city perspective – Presented by Ms. Eva-Marie Persy, Head of the Sustainable Development Unit. Presentation available here.
    Eva’s presented an overview of Vienna in terms of location in the middle of Europe, size and the considerable green forest area that surrounds the city. Eva queried if being a signatory of the Covenant of Mayors would have helped Vienna in their application for the 2014 EGCA title. Eva spoke about the barriers within the City of Vienna administration. Many of the indicator areas did not match departments within the administration. Many layers to go through to get all required information but it improves relations between departments.
  3. Ljubljana: A previous applicant city perspective – Presented by Vice-Mayor Ms. Tjaša Ficko. Presentation available here.
  4. Bristol: A Finalist city perspective – Presented by Mr. Alex Minshull, Sustainable City Group Manager. Presentation available here.
  5. Stockholm: A Winning city perspective – Presented by Ms. Linda Persson, Strategic Urban Development Unit. Presentation available here.
  6. Application Advice and Best Practice Guidance. To view this presentation please click here.

Case Studies:
Three Case Studies were presented as examples of high quality application answers. Each case study compared two highly ranked city indicators and discussed the Expert Panel’s technical assessment. The case studies are available for download below.

  1. Case Study 1 – Local Transport
  2. Case Study 2 – Waste Production and Management
  3. Case Study 3 – Water Consumption