The Irish city of Galway has officially been launched as the 2017 European Green Leaf.
The award is a competition aimed at cities and towns across Europe, with between 20,000 and 10,000 inhabitants, that recognises commitment to better environmental outcomes, with a particular focus on green growth and jobs.
The city is said to have led the way with environmental initiatives, from progressive waste management practices to active education and awareness programmes.
The European Green Leaf jury recognised the potential of Galway to act as a green ambassador and promote concepts of sustainable cities and communities throughout Europe.
Dr. Sharon Carroll, Project Co-ordinator of Galway City, European Green Leaf, said: “European Green Leaf not only celebrates our past environmental achievements but also challenges our city to continually improve the quality of life of our citizens and reduce our impact on the global environment.”
The town of Essen in Germany is the European Green Capital for 2017.