UWE Professor leads Bristol bid for EU Green Capital Award

Issue date: 30 May 2012

Bristol Green Capital

Professor Martin Bigg, Chair of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership, Professor of Environmental Technology Innovation at UWE Bristol and Director of the Environmental iNet (a UWE sponsored initiative supporting green businesses in the South West), will be part of a team on a unique mission to Brussels on 8 June 2012.

The team aim to convince an EU jury that Bristol should be Green Capital of Europe for 2014. Earlier this year the European Commission announced Bristol, Copenhagen and Frankfurt as the finalists in the EU Green Capital Award, with Bristol currently ranked second place on points. Bristol was also the only UK finalist in 2010, where it was one of eight. This year's effort has seen Bristol into the top three for the 2014 title, a prestigious award for the winner.

Martin Bigg says, “Bristol has a strong track record of achieving environmental standards and is committed to ambitious goals for environmental improvement and sustainable development. I am grateful for the support of staff and students at UWE and excited to be working with enthusiastic and environmentally dedicated colleagues. I am very encouraged that community groups, businesses, the city council and the universities are working closely together to support our bid. Winning will be a great boost for the people of Bristol, the environment and the economy.

The Bristol Green Capital Partnership, one of the lead partners in the city's bid alongside the city council, Bristol community groups and businesses, are inviting anyone who lives or works in Bristol or just thinks it's a great green city to add their name to the list of people supporting Bristol's application to win this prestigious award.

Bristol Green Capital Partnership Manager Darren Hall said "Showing that we've got the people of Bristol behind us really could make all the difference in helping Bristol be named European Green Capital for 2014. We are really pleased that people outside of Bristol are supporting us too – it would be great for Bristol to win on behalf of the UK. We'd like as many people as possible to sign up to support the bid, and to ask all their friends to do so as well.

“It would be a great accolade for the city, it would help to raise our profile in Europe. Other winning cities have seen substantial boosts to tourism and business – we would like to do the same. It will also give us the opportunity to showcase and share the amazing grass roots work that is going on here.”

For the second time, Bristol is the only city in the UK to have reached the shortlist for this coveted award. Alongside the two other short-listed cities – Copenhagen and Frankfurt – Bristol will now present its case to a jury of experts in Brussels on 8 June. The final verdict will be given on 29 June.

To show your support for the bid, go to www.bristolgreencapital.org/support


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