What makes an award-worthy entry?
The AIPH is looking to reward nature-orientated solutions that harvest the power of plants and associated ecosystems services to help address the major challenges facing cities today – or tomorrow. Specifically, we seek strategic initiatives that are bold, pursue a meaningful impact, are being successfully implemented, have potential to further scale or spread to other cities, and exemplify resilience in how they are conducted.
Does the initiative featured in my entry have to address a specific problem or issue?
Yes, and this will need to be clearly documented in your entry. You will also be asked to nominate up to two of the most relevant award categories you would like your entry to be considered for. For 2022, the six award categories are:
How many entries can each city submit?
There is no limit when it comes to the number of initiatives that a city/local authority can submit. However, each initiative must be submitted through a separate application. Additionally, any given initiative must be submitted only once.
Does an award application fee need to be paid?
No, participation to the award is entirely free. We are not charging an entry fee in recognition that cities will commit resources towards putting together the application.
We are not the local authority but have designed and delivered an initiative on behalf of the local, can we submit this work to the award?
No, the entry has to be submitted by the local authority, but they can do so in association with a key delivery partner who will then also be featured in the award recognition should the joint entry win.
What if the initiative featured in my entry is relevant in more than one of the six award categories?
This is a good thing! The greater the significance of the initiative and the wider its range of impacts, the better, since this something we take into account the entry evaluation process. These wide-ranging outcomes – whether fitting within the award categories, or reaching beyond – should be documented in the entry. However, any given initiative may only be put forward for an award in up to two categories. We recommend selecting categories for which you have compiled the best evidence of results.
Do I have to RSVP to participate?
Yes. All eligible cities must RSVP. Shortly after you RSVPed, you will receive additional information about the award submission process, including the application guidelines and an offline version of the award submission form.
The RSVP and offline application preparation process will be launched in June 2021.
In the meantime, we encourage you to express your interest by submitting your contact details here.
Does my city have to submit the application online?
Yes, all cities are required to put forward their submission through an online form. Eligible cities are required to RSVP to access the form. To assist with entry preparation, an offline version of the form will be made available ahead.
Once you have RSVPed, the AIPH will offer support in answering any questions you may have about your submission(s) and the award process.
What language can entries be submitted in?
I entered a submission, what’s next?
You will receive a notification from the AIPH acknowledging that your submission has been received.
All submission will be reviewed and evaluated after the deadline for submission (28 February 2022, 23:00 UTC).
AIPH will notify the contact person identified in the application by 31st March 2022 if your entry is shortlisted. Shortlisted entries may be asked to provide complementary information within 30 days.
The six category winners and the overall winner will be notified mid-July 2022 and invited to take part in the award ceremony at a gala event in the autumn of 2022.
What benefits does submitting an entry to the World Green City Award bring me/my local authority?