Since its launch in 2010, over 100 cities have applied for the European Green Capital Award, 30 have been shortlisted, and eight have won the title. Each of the winners to date – Stockholm, Hamburg, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Nantes, Copenhagen, Bristol, Ljubljana and Essen – is an inspiring example of how cities can drive environmental change. Ljubljana for example, once dominated by car transport, has become a city focused on public transport, pedestrian access and cycling networks. Excellent water management, nature conservation and integrated urban planning bring people, organisations and businesses... together in a way that benefits both citizens and the environment. Progress is its own reward, but the satisfaction and pride involved in winning the European Green Capital Award boosts awareness of the need for environmental change not only in the winning city but across Europe and beyond.