Thursday, January 26, 2023 - 11:09 by tallinn
The title of European Green Capital was handed over to Tallinn at the opening ceremony on January 21st by Virginijus Sinkevičius, the EU Commissioner for the Environment, and Éric Piolle, the mayor of Grenoble, European Green Capital 2022.
Tallinn impressed the international jury with their systemic approach to green governance and interlinked strategic goals, which reflect the ambitions of the European Green Deal. As one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tallinn is characterized by a diverse and mosaic nature of its landscapes and communities, which also serve as habitats for rare species. During the Green Capital Year, Tallinn’s main themes are biodiversity, sustainable governance, and climate and green innovation.
“The title of green capital gives us an ideal opportunity to formulate goals, create a network and choose better means to make Tallinn a greener and more sustainable city. The green capital year provides a good opportunity to involve people and organizations to growing Tallinn’s green and innovative development. We want to build a strong foundation so that the benefits and impact of the title year stay with us and do not fade when the year is over,” Mr. Mihhail Kõlvart, Mayor of Tallinn said.
The Tallinn European Green Capital program offers environmental activities for all Tallinn residents and guests, including more than 60 events.
In addition to a full programme of events throughout, Tallinn will also contribute to changes in the urban space. The project Green Tracks (Rohejälg) involves activities that aims to improve the quality of green areas, bring more greenery to the city and improve the spatial quality in areas with high use, support the development of green networks within the city and experiment with new spatial solutions by reorganising the urban space and creating prototypes.
„Spatial experimentation is an important part of the project in order to discern citizens’ readiness to accept new solutions and receive feedback in order to learn and develop from these experiences together. Among other things, the Town Hall Square will temporarily be turned into a pop-up park and the students at the Estonian Academy of Arts will be experimenting with climate-sensitive spatial solutions and creating prototypes for improved spatial objects like street furniture and traffic signs,” Hannes Aava, Head of the Green Tracks Programme said.
Experience Tallinn’s sustainable way of life
You are welcome to visit and explore biodiverse, innovative and sustainable Tallinn during the European Green Capital year. Special Tallinn – European Green Capital 2023 media tours will be provided for foreign journalists. For more information and registration contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
European Green Capital 2023: Key events
20.01 Sustainable cities conference “Fantastic Creatures: Making European Cities Safe, Inclusive, Resiliant and Sustainable”
21.01 European Green Capital 2023 Opening Ceremony
March: Green Dishes in Tallinn Restaurant Week
12.04 MELT innovation Forum
9.05 Biodiverse European Day
27.–28.05 Future Forum on the cities of the future
1–18.09 Tallinn’s Urban space festival
2.–4.06 Tallinn’s Old Town Days and the special green old town program
30 June–2 July Environmentally friendly Youth Song and Dance Festival
31 August–17 September World Clean Up Day regional campaign to clean the Baltic Sea
October: European Green Capital Award Ceremony
14–17 November Greentech week: Cleantech Forum Europe, Greentech Expo, Green Tiger Conference, and the Smart City Convention
November: Black Nights Film Festival’s Tallinn European Green capital 2023 program
December: European Green Capital 2023 Closing Ceremony
Additional info: greentallinn.eu/en/events