European Green Leaf 2017
On 22nd June 2016, Galway City was awarded the designation of European Green Leaf 2017.
It is the first Irish city to be awarded this designation. The Irish city was selected over two other strong-performing finalists: Cornellà de Llobregat of Spain and Mikkeli of Finland.
What is European Green Leaf?
The European Green Leaf is a new competition launched by the European Commission aimed at cities and towns, with between 20,000 and 100,000 inhabitants, that recognizes a commitment to better environmental outcomes.
What are the objectives of the European Green Leaf?
The objectives are threefold:
- To recognize cities that demonstrates a good environmental record and commitment to generating green growth
- To encourage cities to actively develop citizens' environmental awareness and involvement
- To identify cities able to act as a "green ambassador" and to encourage other cities to progress towards a better sustainability outcomes.
What cities have previously won the designation?
The Spanish city of Mollet del Vallès and the Portuguese city of Torres Vedras were the 2016 winners of the inaugural European Green Leaf.
Where can I find out more information?
European Green Leaf Grant Scheme 2017