World Green City Awards

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AIPH World Green City Awards 2022 celebrate innovation, achievement, and commitment to the globally recognised imperative to embrace a nature-orientated approach to city design and operation.

Through the awards the world recognises the role of city authorities in promoting and supporting greater inclusion of nature and plants in urban environments. The awards bring global recognition to the value of plants in providing solutions for common city problems, and create an enabling environment to shape and nurture a strategic shift in city governance/planning.


The AIPH World Green City Awards is an ongoing competition, with entries open every 2 years, allowing approximately 18 months from the call for entries to the awards ceremony.Cities are invited to enter, and the winners are announced at special gala event awards ceremonies. Winners may also be invited to showcase their greening projects at an AIPH approved International Horticultural Expo.
The AIPH World Green City Awards is an international competition that cities enter to:
  • Gain recognition for the greening they have done and the benefits of this
  • Promote their city at an international level
  • Inspire other cities to become greener
  • Demonstrate that their city is highly desirable to live and work in
  • Improve the health of citizens
  • Increase job opportunities
  • Stimulate stronger regulation requiring greening
  • Stimulate economic development
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About the competition


Awards categories

Awards are offered in 6 categories, with a final selection made from a shortlist of three, and with one overall AIPH World Green City winner.

Judging criteria

Award entries will be assessed on the basis of four evaluation criteria:

  • Vision
  • Impact
  • Implementation
  • Transferability

Cities submitting an entry will be provided with detailed documents that describe the evaluation process.


Technical panel

Award entries will be judged by a technical panel composed of horticultural and landscape practitioners with an advanced knowledge of Green City principles. The Technical Panel will select a shortlist of 3 cities, and may request additional information to be submitted.


The Jury will consist of members drawn from internationally recognised City, Nature, and Sustainability focused organisations. The Jury will select final winners from the shortlist. Jurors will be appointed for one round of awards at a time.

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How to enter

The AIPH World Green City Awards competition is open to all city governments, local authorities, and relevant organisations around the world, or local consortiums where city government plays a key role.

Entries will consist of a written statement, made in English, through an online portal and may be complemented by supporting evidence such as images, videos, publications (e.g. copy of a report), letters of support (e.g. from partners).

For further information contact

Audrey Timm, Technical Advisor, AIPH
[email protected]

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