Urban Green Days builds upon the initiative of cities from last years’ events. The European Commission has supported the widespread organisation of events to allow for local discussions on environmental issues to be linked to the European and global level through a simultaneous participatory movement.

UGD 2005 highlights, in particular, climate change with topics such as sustainable transport, energy efficiency and renewable energy. Tours in renewable energy power stations, demonstration of energy-efficient electrical equipment, open days with local transport or bicycle rallies are just a few possibilities.

Benefits at the local and the European level!

At the local level, UGD inspire citizens, businesses, local authorities and other urban actors to improve the environment’s quality by implementing changes in behaviour. Besides raising awareness, UGD activities provide citizens with information and exchange opportunities about the current and future environmental work of their local governments.

Participating local governments will reap benefits not only at the local, but also at the European level: Urban Green Days is a voice of local government at the European level. An annual Europe-wide initiative, Urban Green Days has a larger impact on national and European government levels, and attract more attention than events organised in isolation.

Each local government further profits from promotion of its work for the environment through Urban Green Days:

  • All Urban Green Days activities will be in the site’s database of activities, by completion of a simple form.
  • Local governments can submit video clips, photos and other materials to be displayed on the site.
  • All participating local governments will be invited to apply for the Urban Green Days 2005 Case Study, a publication of their awareness-raising measure that will be widely promoted.

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability  has co-ordinated the Urban Green Days 2005 on behalf of the European Commission, Directorate-General Environment.