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EGLA Evaluation Process

How can my city become a European Green Leaf winner?

European Green Leaf Award candidate cities are assessed on the basis of six environmental topic areas:

  • Climate Change & Energy Performance
  • Sustainable Urban Mobility
  • Nature, Biodiversity & Sustainable Land Use
  • Air Quality and Noise
  • Waste and Circular Economy
  • Water

In each topic area there are two sections that must be completed (900 words per topic area):

  • Describe the current situation and strategic approach
  • Describe citizen participation and public awareness

The European Green Leaf Award application form also includes a ‘City Introduction and Context section’, where you are asked to briefly present your city, indicating the main challenges it faces and how you deal with them.

A Good Practice Section is also included at the end of the application form where cities are invited to submit three good practices they are undertaking across three different environmental topic areas.

Two-tier evaluation process

A panel of internationally acknowledged experts assesses the application forms submitted by each city.  This includes qualitative evaluations and a peer review of each application based on the six topic areas above.

Environmental Topic Area Expert
Climate Change & Energy Performance Dr. Matt Kennedy
Ms. Vesna Kolega
Sustainable Urban Mobility Dr. Ian Skinner
Mr. Alex Minshull
Nature, Biodiversity & Sustainable Land Use Ms. Nathalie Cecutti
Mr. David Jamieson
Air Quality and Noise Dr. César Asensio
Mr. Joan Marc Craviotto Arnau
Waste and Circular Economy Mr. Warren Phelan
Mr. Marc Okhuijsen
Water Mr. Christof Mainz
Ms. Birgit Georgi

Following the evaluation process, cities are shortlisted for the next stage of the competition. The shortlisted cities are invited to present to the Jury, setting out their achievements and future vision. The Jury then assesses the shortlisted cities in the light of all the information provided and decide on the winner(s).

The Jury assesses the shortlisted cities based on the following criteria:

1) The city’s overall commitment, strategy and enthusiasm, as conveyed by the presentation

2) The city’s efforts to communicate to citizens and the citizens’ engagement in environmental activities

3) The city’s potential to act as a ‘green ambassador’, promoting good practice and spreading the EGLA concept further

Read more:

EGLA Jury Report – 2020 Competition Cycle

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