The other finalists are Ghent, Lisbon, Oslo and Tallinn. A
total of 14 European cities entered the competition. The cities were evaluated
on the basis of the application’s twelve themes depicting the state of their
environment, progress on environmental issues, and future plans.
what it takes to win
A city that wants to win the competition must be an
exemplary and ambitious environmental city, which is committed to meeting
sustainable development goals through its strategy.
Lahti’s environmental strengths include its long-term
restoration of its river and lake system, sustainable development activities in
schools and kindergartens, exemplary waste management at provincial level,
circulation economy expertise, and investments in renewable energy.
- In the view of the expert jury, the City of Lahti has
shown that it belongs to the elite of European environmental cities. In the
evaluation, note was taken of Lahti’s long-term and diverse environmental
activities. Now it’s a question of getting a common and inspiring message
across to the jury and the wider world about the city’s future goals.
Decision-makers, residents and businesses are invited to participate in
communicating this message from our environmental city, says Saara Vauramo,
Next, the finalists will present the jury with an
operational and communications plan for 2019. The winner will be announced at
an award ceremony in Essen on 2 June 2017. The title has previously been won by
cities such as Essen, Bristol, Stockholm, Hamburg and Ljubljana.
For additional information, please
Environmental Director, tel. +358 44 716 1585