Vitoria-Gasteiz Celebrates Europe Region Leadership Award Win

The Mayor of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Javier Maroto, and CEO of GBCe, Luis Álvarez-Ude.

On 8 October, the Mayor of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Javier Maroto, received the Europe Region Leadership Award that the World Green Building Council (WGBC) awards to those initiatives which pioneer in Green Policies. Luis Álvarez-Ude, CEO of Green Building Council España (GBCe) and member of the Board of Directors of WGBC had the honour of giving this prestigious prize to the city Mayor.

This award recognizes the leadership and path that the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz has had in sustainable policy development and setting in place projects that lead the way to a greener city. Vitoria was granted the award under the category of Leadership in City-level Green Building Policy.

“The city of Vitoria-Gasteiz”, said Luis Álvarez-Ude, “has demonstrated a pioneering compromise to become a greener and more sustainable city”. The jury based their decision on the policies that the city has, since the year 1995, developed towards a better resource management, energy and water, protecting the biodiversity, waste management and sustainable transport systems.

Vitoria is seen as an icon of sustainable building, a city that symbolizes excellence in policies for green construction, making it an extraordinary example for sustainable leadership.

The jury also recognized that “those entities awarded with the prize are an inspiration for other governments to share and follow the best practices in sustainable building policies and work for sustainable building as a winning strategy to reduce green house gas emissions”.

The prize recognizes the path that Vitoria has followed for more than 30 years promoting green policies, with strong commitment from the City Council, citizens and all social stakeholders; Vitoria-Gasteiz currently has a high environmental quality that was recognized with the award Green Capital 2012, as a good example for other European cities.

This award also praises future plans in the environmental strategy of the city, such as greener infrastructures of the restoration of the Palacio Europa Conference Center into a Sustainable Building.

The Mayor of Vitoria, Javier Maroto, said that “prizes like this one are not by chance. They are not achieved in one day, or by one Mayor, or by one office. It would not have been possible if there had not been political union around one detailed city strategy. This is a flag that unites the people of Vitoria, who feel green and want to carry on doing so”.

Maroto, who also praised the work of the City Council Technical Department in putting together and carrying out this environmental strategy, also highlighted the role of all citizens. “Vitoria-Gasteiz is not a green city because some politicians or technocrats have decided so, but because the people feel this is the path to follow”, the Mayor said.

WorldGBC, which comprises GBCs from almost 100 countries, also holds awards on a global scale and Vitoria-Gasteiz is one of the nominees for these awards, competing with many other cities worldwide. The global award winners will be announced November as part of COP-19 (19th session of the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) which will take place in Warsaw, Poland.

The Mayor of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Javier Maroto, and CEO of GBCe, Luis Álvarez-Ude.

On 8 October, the Mayor of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Javier Maroto, received the Europe Region Leadership Award that the World Green Building Council (WGBC) awards to those initiatives which pioneer in Green Policies. Luis Álvarez-Ude, CEO of Green Building Council España (GBCe) and member of the Board of Directors of WGBC had the honour of giving this prestigious prize to the city Mayor.

This award recognizes the leadership and path that the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz has had in sustainable policy development and setting in place projects that lead the way to a greener city. Vitoria was granted the award under the category of Leadership in City-level Green Building Policy.

“The city of Vitoria-Gasteiz”, said Luis Álvarez-Ude, “has demonstrated a pioneering compromise to become a greener and more sustainable city”. The jury based their decision on the policies that the city has, since the year 1995, developed towards a better resource management, energy and water, protecting the biodiversity, waste management and sustainable transport systems.

Vitoria is seen as an icon of sustainable building, a city that symbolizes excellence in policies for green construction, making it an extraordinary example for sustainable leadership.

The jury also recognized that “those entities awarded with the prize are an inspiration for other governments to share and follow the best practices in sustainable building policies and work for sustainable building as a winning strategy to reduce green house gas emissions”.

The prize recognizes the path that Vitoria has followed for more than 30 years promoting green policies, with strong commitment from the City Council, citizens and all social stakeholders; Vitoria-Gasteiz currently has a high environmental quality that was recognized with the award Green Capital 2012, as a good example for other European cities.

This award also praises future plans in the environmental strategy of the city, such as greener infrastructures of the restoration of the Palacio Europa Conference Center into a Sustainable Building.

The Mayor of Vitoria, Javier Maroto, said that “prizes like this one are not by chance. They are not achieved in one day, or by one Mayor, or by one office. It would not have been possible if there had not been political union around one detailed city strategy. This is a flag that unites the people of Vitoria, who feel green and want to carry on doing so”.

Maroto, who also praised the work of the City Council Technical Department in putting together and carrying out this environmental strategy, also highlighted the role of all citizens. “Vitoria-Gasteiz is not a green city because some politicians or technocrats have decided so, but because the people feel this is the path to follow”, the Mayor said.

WorldGBC, which comprises GBCs from almost 100 countries, also holds awards on a global scale and Vitoria-Gasteiz is one of the nominees for these awards, competing with many other cities worldwide. The global award winners will be announced November as part of COP-19 (19th session of the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) which will take place in Warsaw, Poland.