Green Capitals of Europe

Not all European cities are created equally when it comes to nature and respect for the environment. Some city governments have passed legislation to build greener metropolises for their residents because of public pressure or forward-thinking politicians. Read our Magazine extract below about the European Green Capital Award:

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What Is the European Green Capital Award?

The European Green Capital Award grew out of an initiative launched by fifteen European cities and the Association of Estonian Cities in 2006 in Tallinn, Estonia. The idea was the brainchild of Jüri Ratas, the former mayor of Tallinn. Their ‘green vision’ was translated into a joint Memorandum to the European Commission establishing an award to recognize cities leading the way in environmentally-friendly urban living.

The award pays tribute to Europe’s ‘greenest’ city based on its performance in relation to ten key factors. These include air quality, sustainable land use, waste management and water consumption. But how do they pick a winner? Interested cities must apply for the award and then convince the board through proof that they are the greenest of the green.

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launched (v.) = to start a new business = fundar

brainchild (n.) = someone’s idea = creación, idea

joint (adj.) = when work together = conjunto

pay tribute (v.) = to show respect = brindar tributo

waste (n.) = material that is not wanted = desechos

board (n.) = group of people who make a joint decision = consejo 

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