“This is an important sign to us that we have done things right. However, we must still continue our efforts to mitigate climate change more effectively together with residents, businesses and LUT University,” he commented.
Lappeenranta intends to use the 75 000-euro prize attached to the award to develop new initiatives to support climate and energy actions, foster biodiversity, and share the best practices introduced in the city and the wider region of South Karelia, according to Mayor Kimmo Jarva.
Next year, he revealed, the over 70 000-resident city will organise a wide range of events, including international webinars and conferences, with different stakeholders, launch restoration projects at natural sites and introduce a display panel providing water-related information at Lappeenranta Harbour.
“This gives a boost to our goal of becoming a national and international green ambassador. This award enables and promotes the accomplishment of environmentally friendly actions now and in the future,” he said.