July 02 2012

Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain: 2012 European Green Capital

Vitoria-Gasteiz European Green Capital 2012Vitoria (Gasteiz in Basque), Spain, was awarded the title of European Green Capital for the year 2012. Former European Green Capitals were the city of Stockholm, Sweden in 2010 and Hamburg, Germany in 2011. For the year 2013, the green torch will be passed on to the city of Nantes, France.

The aim of this title is to promote best practices for other cities, and their citizens, regarding the environment.

Some of the criteria valued for the title are:

  1. Reduce the amount of waste generated;
  2. Reutilise waste;
  3. Recycle;
  4. Reject, do not buy products wrapped in containers that generate unnecessary waste;
  5. Make those who generate a form of waste, that is difficult to recycle or is hazardous, Responsible.

According to the official website, of Vitoria-Gasteiz, they have prepared a complete programme for 2012. Some of activities were being carried out in the past, while others have been created for the 2012 year and may be maintained in the future. Some of the activities include:

  • Green Factories: Installations of environmental interests, such as waste and water treatment plants, that can be used as a reference, in terms of green initiatives;
  • Thematic Weeks: Four subjects and four weeks focused on:
  1. Energy-related challenges and solutions;
  2. The European Green Week, talking about water management;
  3. Sustainable mobility;
  4. The future of the territory, biodiversity, landscape, and food;

Which criteria do you think are important to consider for this award? Which kind of activities would you arrange for a Green Capital?

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Miriam Ansorena

Miriam Ansorena holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Navarre, in Spain. Strongly concerned about the environment, in the past, she worked full-time as a Design Engineer of Wind Turbines. Her blogs will concentrate primarily on the affects of wind turbines and their prevelance, however, she will also cover issues occurring around Zarautz, Spain and Berlin, Germany. Although she currently resides in Berlin, she is from Zarautz, Spain and has lived in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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