How did it all begin?

Inspired by the idea of the European Green Capital promoted by the Eropean Commission, we decided to implement the idea of awarding the cities that promote and propagate eco-development in Poland.

The first edition of the contest took place in July and August 2014. From the very beginning, the event was very popular with the audience. Within two months, it managed to attract 60 applications divided into seven categories:

  • water and waste management and water protection
  • energetic efficiency in the construction industry
  • urban greenery
  • ecological transport and road infrastructure
  • air protection
  • waste-prevention and its re-use policy
  • planning and undertaking of local land development plans including ZIT

On the 11.08. 2014 the contest award committee, consisting of experts appointed by the Ministry of Environment presented first prize winners:

Gdańsk received the 1st prize in "water and waste management and water protection" category for the project ""Protection of waters of Zatoka Gdańska  – building and modernization of the rainwater channeling system in Gdańsk."

Both Chojnice and Tczew received an award in the Urban greenery category.  Chojnice, for the project  "Revitalization of the Millenary Park in Chojnice" and  Tczew for  " Nature Trail in Tczew".

Bydgoszcz won in energetic efficiency in the construction industry category. Their project  "Construction of the Renewable Energy Sources Demonstration Center."

2014 summary file

Winners of the 2014 edition of "Green Cities - heading to the future" contest took part in an official Gala on the 4.11.2014. Handmade glass statuettes were presented to the representatives of all participating cities. Additionally, the winners were honored with a series of 4-days long study visits to  Bristol, Copenhagen, Vitoria-Gasteiz, and Stockholm (all former winners of the European Green Capital award).  The winners of the 2014 edition of the "Green Cities- heading to the future" visited the cities in September and October 2014.

Bristol

Bristol was awarded the title of the European Green Capital in 2015. The city was appreciated for its innovative bold plans regarding sustainable transport and acquiring energy. Additionally, the city's promotional strategy propagating responsible eco-development should also be emphasized.

 
Bristol - Londyn 2014
    Bristol - Londyn 2014
      Bristol - Londyn 2014
        Bristol - Londyn 2014

          Copenhagen

          The year  2014 belonged to Copenhagen. The choice of the city was based on its innovational plans for the sustainable development as the city worked out many model solutions that can be implemented in other agglomerations as well.

           Kopenhaga - Malmö 2014
             Kopenhaga - Malmö 2014
               Kopenhaga - Malmö 2014
                 Kopenhaga - Malmö 2014

                  Stockholm

                  Many years of work with the environment turned Stockholm into one of the cleanest and most beautiful cities in the world. In 2010, as the first one ever, the city was awarded the name of the European Green Capital. The city consists of seven nature reserves, one cultural reserve, and one urban national park.

                  Sztokholm 2014
                    Sztokholm 2014
                      Sztokholm 2014
                        Sztokholm 2014

                          Vitoria Gasteiz

                          The Spanish city of  Vitoria-Gasteiz was awarded the name of the European Green Capital in 2012. The winning project was its Green Belt - where half-natural green area recovered from degraded places that surrounded the city was turned into a place providing the citizens with access to green areas open to the public.

                          Vitoria Gasteiz - Zaragoza 2014
                            Vitoria Gasteiz - Zaragoza 2014
                              Vitoria Gasteiz - Zaragoza 2014
                                Vitoria Gasteiz - Zaragoza 2014

                                  Vast interest, as well as multiple profits of the initiative, inspired us to organize the second edition of the contest.

                                  We strongly encourage all the cities that care about the environment to take part and apply today!

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