Galway will be officially launched as European Green Leaf 2017, an environmental designation awarded by the European Commission in "recognition of the city’s commitment to the environment".
Galway was awarded the designation in June last year, beating Mikkeli in Finland and Cornellà de Llobregat in Spain, but the status will receive a formal launch in City Hall on Wednesday March 1, to be attended by representatives from the European Commission, including Joanna Drake, Deputy Director General, DG Environment and Ben Casper, Team Lead, Urban Environment Policy, DG Environment.
The European Green Leaf competition is aimed at cities and towns across Europe with populations of between 20,000 and 100,000. Winning cities must demonstrate a good environmental record and commitment to generating green growth, actively develop citizens’ environmental awareness and involvement, and encourage other cities to progress towards better sustainability outcomes.
A series of projects and events will be delivered across all environmental themes as part of Galway City’s European Green leaf year, including waste management, resource efficiency, energy performance, climate change, biodiversity, mobility, quality of the air and acoustic environment, water and wastewater. For more information email [email protected].