Europe’s Future Green Capital?

Posted on 11 May 2012

 Bristol European Green Capital finalist logoWith all the excitement in Bristol about BIG Green Week (have you booked your tickets yet?), Sustainable Bristol has been a bit slow with the news that Bristol has been shortlisted to be named the European Green Capital in 2014.

Bristol is the only UK city to make the shortlist, competing against the Danish capital, Copenhagen, and the German city of Frankfurt.

To reach the shortlist, Bristol was scored on 12 different areas, including local transport, nature and biodiversity, waste production and management and the local contribution to global climate change.

Bristolians are being encouraged to back the bid, which is being taken forward by Bristol Green Capital Partnership, Bristol City Council, Bristol Water and Wessex Water.

Bristol Green Capital Partnership Manager Darren Hall said “Showing that we’ve got the people of Bristol behind us really could make all the difference in helping Bristol be named European Green Capital for 2014. We are really pleased that people outside of Bristol are supporting us too – it would be great for Bristol to win on behalf of the UK. We’d like as many people as possible to sign up to support the bid, and to ask all their friends to do so as well.”

To earn the title, Bristol has to present its vision, action plans and communication strategy to a jury on 8 June. The winner will be announced at an award ceremony in the current European Green Capital, Vitoria-Gastiez in Spain, on 29 June.

Next year Nantes in France will hold the Green Capital title

Of course, winning would be great news for Bristol – driving even more green action and making the city an even better place to live



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