Judging Criteria

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

  • Vision: the initiative should be bold and include a fresh new model for using and/or delivering nature-orientated solution(s).
  • Significance: the initiative should be designed to address a serious local problem or set of problems.
  • Implementation: the initiative should have achieved or be well on its way to achieving its stated objective(s) and/or desirable outcomes.
  • Learning and Transferability: the initiative should have generated some learning content or mechanisms that enable enhanced local practice in the future and/or offer potential for customised replication in other cities.
  • Resilience: The initiative should be mindful of its impact on the planet and of its ability to be sustained over time.

Cities submitting an entry will be provided with detailed application guidelines that describe further the evaluation process and the way in which entries will be scored against each of the five judging criteria.

Technical panel

Award entries will be judged by a multidisciplinary, international technical panel with an advanced knowledge of Green City principles. The Technical Panel will select a shortlist of up to three cities for each award category, and may request additional information to be submitted. The Technical Panel may also nominate entries that are not included on the shortlist for Highly Commended awards that recognise significant progress.


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.