The European Green Capital Award (EGCA) is a competition for cities with more than 100,000 residents organised by the European Commission. The competition compares the sustainable development activities and future goals of cities in 12 different areas.
Competition puts Lahti's strategy into practice and brings international visibility
Political commitment, ambitious strategic goals and long-term practical environmental activities are emphasised in implementing Lahti's vision of an environmental city as well as in succeeding in the competition. The Vitality and Employment Division made the decision to participate in the competition for the 2020 European Green Capital Award in their meeting on 9 October 2017.
According to Juha Rostedt, Chair of the Vitality and Employment Division, the competition enables Lahti to be profiled as an internationally interesting environmental city and provides the businesses in the area with a positive marketing communications cooperation project with the city in the spring of 2018.
"The visibility will support obtaining international funding in Lahti and open up cooperation opportunities that will also benefit the institutes of higher education in the area."
From finalist to victory
Last spring, Lahti was one of the 2019 European Green Capital Award finalists with Oslo, Tallinn, Lisbon and Ghent. The jury highlighted especially the long-term activities in waste management and protection of waters as well as the innovative, sustainable land use planning operating models in master plan work and resident participation as Lahti's environmental strengths.
The application period for the 2020 European Green Capital Award ends on 18 October 2017. 10–20 cities across Europe have participated in the competition annually, and a money prize of EUR 350,000 will be awarded to the winning city for the first time this year. The finalist cities will be announced by the beginning of April and the winner in May-June 2018.
Chair of the Vitality and Employment Division Juha Rostedt, +358 (0)40 510 9244, firstname.lastname@example.org
Environmental Director Saara Vauramo, +358 (0)44 716 1585, email@example.com