Since 2010, the European Green Capital Award has rewarded cities that show robust commitment to sustainable urban planning. Winning cities are selected on the basis of their achievements and commitment in twelve key areas. Their applications are evaluated by an independent panel of experts, followed by a jury decision. The European Green Capital Award shows how cities benefit by pursuing green urban policies; policies that make cities more livable, attract investment, create new jobs and growth, and raise their standing and appeal as tourist destinations.
Ljubljana takes over the reins from the city of Bristol. The Handover Ceremony of the Green Capital Award is not just an inauguration for Ljubljana; it will also highlight Bristol’s accomplishments as European Green Capital 2015. Bristol has already promoted the Bristol Method, its programme to help people in other cities understand and apply the lessons Bristol has learned in becoming more sustainable.