Citizens can make significant changes in favour of healthier villages, cities, countries. In favour of a better planet.
How is that possible?
To best support and inspire you in your green transition, we would like to share citizen’s diaries, stories and good practice factsheets. We hope they will motivate and mostly empower you in your daily life.
Have you ever wondered what it is like to live in a European Green Capital?
Now you can hear from some of the citizens who act as engines of change and pioneer innovative solutions to environmental challenges. We will be posting interviews with residents from our European Green Capital cities to inspire you.
Please check the Citizen Diaries from 2012 to 2021.
Jacques Félix-Faure, architect for Atelier17C in Barraux (France) has engaged with a tremendous request to build an eight-floor social housing entirely in wood. During this interview he explains what has inspired him to use this material, how essential it is to ask the right questions and how easy things get when we answer them correctly, and finally, how collective intelligence can overcome the environmental crisis.
Isabelle Robles, agricultural engineer and founder of “MillePousses”, (“One thousand micro sprouts”) has realised her dream: she has built an urban farm with the aim to create social integration jobs and enhance circular economy in Grenoble. Her urban farm has a bioclimatic greenhouse and she organises all deliveries by bicycle. Moreover, MillePousses is an ‘entreprise d’insertion,’ which supports people encountering both professional and social difficulties.
The EU Green Capital Secretariat interviewed her to find out more about her project.
Bernard Mehl, zero food waste ambassador and college canteen responsible, watches over and promotes the “En Isère, stop au gaspillage alimentaire!” plan that fights against food waste in college schools. During this interview, Bernard explained how the plan was welcomed by the schools in the Isère department, what actions are taken to raise students’ awareness about their impact on the environment, and how schools from all over Europe can adopt such a plan.
Sharing stories brings people closer and this is what we plan on doing: bringing EU citizens closer to each other through their own stories.
The European Green Leaf 2022 Valongo is located in the north of Portugal (District of Porto) and has a population of almost 94,000 inhabitants. An area of 58.3% of the municipality is covered by forest, part of which is classified as a Natura 2000Search for available translations of the preceding link••• Site and part as a Regional Protected Landscape Area.
Good Practice Factsheets
Would you like to know more about what makes a city green?
The Good Practice Factsheets provide real life examples of how the EGCA applicant cities and winners have become more sustainable in various areas such as air quality, sustainable public transport, public engagement, urban planing and many others.
Please check the Good Practices and Reports for the cycles from 2010 to 2021.
The transition towards the use of more sustainable mobility solutions needs an integrated and flexible approach, which is shown by the Spanish City of Gavà in the Gavà Mar area. Changing the behaviour of inhabitants takes time and effort to convince ánd listen to people. The rewards of the gradual change that took place are multiple: a better access to the beach, reduced noise and pollution levels, higher road safety and less emission of CO2.
Aktief, a collector of bulky household waste, works with people receiving social service benefits to give them work experience at the second-hand shop. The foundation showcases an integrated approach to how waste and circular economy objectives can be combined with social objectives.
Buildings dating from communist times have poor energy efficiency levels. The city of Bistrița, Romania showed how to drop the energy consumption significantly with a structured, well-organised thermal-retrofitting programme. This contributes to the European climate goals and improves the living conditions of the residents.