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.
Citizen Diaries - Tallinn
Aljona Zueva has been chosen as one of our ambassadors for Tallinn - European Green Capital 2023.
Meet Ralf-Martin Soe, one of Tallinn’s European Green Capital ambassadors
Lauri Klein has been chosen as one of our ambassadors for Tallinn, the European Green Capital 2023.
Kristjan Lind has been chosen as one of our ambassadors for Tallinn as the European Green Capital 2023.
Heidi Solba has been chosen as one of our ambassadors for Tallinn as the European Green Capital 2023.
Ines-Issa Villido was chosen as one of our ambassadors for Tallinn as European Green Capital 2023.
Citizen Diaries - Grenoble
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.
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.
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.
Gloria Leroy, female entrepreneur, vélotaxi (bicycle taxi) driver and soft mobility promoter had the glorious idea to propose a vélotaxi service (bicycle taxi) in Grenoble (European Green Capital 2022).
Pascal Aspe, a biologist holding a PhD in forest trees genetics, has been training people for years to garden at Terre Vivante.
Loïc Bouffad considers that a trained cyclist is a sustainable cyclist who will not give up on riding his bike at the first technical issue.
Would you like to know more about what makes a city green?
The EU Green Capital Good Practices provide real life examples of how 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. The rewards of the gradual change that took place are multiple: 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.
Development and maintenance of green areas that add value to the life of citizens as well as to biodiversity is a challenge that can only be addressed in close cooperation with all the relevant stakeholders in the city. In Kraków, this resulted in many initiatives, including a Code of Good Practice for green areas to improve conditions for pollinating insects.
The Smart City sensors in Tallinn collect valuable information on noise in the city and its sources. Based on this data, the municipality can implement adequate policy to improve environmental conditions in the city. This system is certainly replicable for other cities.
Tallinn has made a rough plan for the development of Putukaväil, a 13 km long linear park, a corridor for biodiversity, green mobility, and public space. Partnered with different stakeholders in the city, Tallinn is gradually transforming the area in a way that truly adds value to the inhabitants of Tallinn.
The innovative “Tre Rör Ut” (Three Pipe Wastewater) system collects and separates municipal wastewater closest to the source: in people’s houses. It prevents pollution, limits carbon emissions and saves water. It is important to educate people well in using the system to achieve optimal results, as seen when implemented in Helsingborg.
A citizen-based waste collection system like the one implemented in Treviso drives up recycling percentages. The needs of the citizens are important in the design of the system. Encouraging citizens to feel responsible varies depending on their situation and place.
The redevelopment of the Quinta do Passal achieved multiple goals. Not only did the appearance of the area significantly improve but it also contributed to the wellbeing of the surrounding inhabitants. Social interaction between citizens increased, as well as the safety of the area.