European cities, regions and civil society organisations building sustainable urban environments are being urged to enter the 2020 Transformative Action Award.
Led by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the Basque Country, City of Aalborg (Denmark), and supported by the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and European Investment Bank (EIB), the awards offer a €10,000 top prize to support the acceleration of innovative actions shaping the future of sustainable urban living.
Last year’s winner was the Portuguese city of Lousada, recognised for its ‘integrated education for sustainability’ initiative, which was celebrated for its ‘potential to bring about the socio-cultural, socio-economic and technological transformation of its community’. Highlights of the programme included the ‘planting of 40,000 native trees, with the support of over 4,500 volunteers; the restoration of over 20 hectares of degraded land; the creation of more than 20 wildlife ponds; and an increase in waste recycling by over 500 tonnes per year’.
“In the current crisis situation it is important to continue casting hope for a sustainable future. We have seen this through the boldness of many local actions submitted for the previous editions of the Transformative action Award. I look forward to seeing many more local leaders stepping up in 2020 and showing their transformative actions to create local value and impact for sustainability,” said Wolfgang Teubner, Regional Director for Europe, ICLEI and Transformative Action Award jury member.
Local and regional authorities, as well as civil society organisation within EU member states, EEA, EU candidate or accession countries can apply, as long as they have endorsed the Basque Declaration
The competition is open to any local or regional authority, or civil society organisation located in an EU Member State, EEA country or EU candidate or accession country that has endorsed the Basque Declaration. And the winner will get free entry to the 9th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns, Mannheim (Germany) (30 September to 2 October 2020), when the award ceremony will be held.