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Office of Enviromental Protection, Trade Supervision and Energy
(Amt für Umweltschutz, Gewerbeaufsicht und Energie)
Prinz Carl, Kornmarkt 1
69117 Heidelberg
Phone +49 6221 58-18000/18010

Prizes and Awards

Environment, climate, nature protection, and sustainability

Prizes and Awards from 2010 to today

Year
Name/Title of award
Reason awarded
Awarded by
2016
Fairtrade Town
Exemplary commitment to fair trade
TransFair
2016
UNESCO Global Geopark
The Geo-Nature-Park "Bergstraße-Odenwald" is one of two "UNESCO Global Geoparks" in Baden-Wuerttemberg - there are a total of six in Germany and 120 worldwide. The "Global Geoparks" offer exceptional views into the history of earth, nature and culture. They provide for environmental education and strenghten the sustainable development of their region.
UNESCO
2015
Guiding Star Energy Efficiency/ Leitstern Energieeffizienz
Heidelberg was awarded in the category networking/communication. With its "master plan 100% climate protection” Heidelberg developed concepts to motivate the entire urban community for energy efficiency. A network supports professional exchange between craftsmen, architects, planners and consultants. It raises efficiency potentials and reduces frictional loss within the different fields.
Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector
Baden-Wuerttemberg
2015
Global Green City Award
The "Global Human Settlements Award" is an annual worldwide prize. It is focused on promoting the implementation of UN sustainable development objectives and the mission of the GFHS by encouraging the cities, enterprises and individuals who make contribution to human settlements and sustainable cities.
The organization "Global Forum on Human Settlements" and the United Nations Environment Programme
2015
„Recreational Forest“ Certification for Heidelberg’s city forest according to PEFC standard
Standards (PEFC = Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Systems)


For the preservation and advancement of the city forest as a recreational area.
PEFC Germany
2015
Energy Community
Heidelberg, along with many different partners, engages and promotes the use of renewable energies.
Renewable Energies Agency
2014
Special Award „Best Urban District“ in the competition „Guiding Star Energy Efficiency“
Heidelberg has been excelling for years due to its compelling objectives and its Agency for Climate Protection and Energy Consultancy Heidelberg/Rhein-Neckar-Kreis (district) (KliBA).
Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector Baden-Wuerttemberg
2014
Passive House Award for Heidelberg Bahnstadt
Example for the possibility to create comprehensive construction projects and entire cities in passive house standard 
Passive House Institute
2012
Fairtrade Town
Exemplary commitment to fair trade
TransFair
2012
City of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development
Continuation of current activities and planning of new initiatives
UNESCO
2011
Ranks 3 as “Capital of Fair Trade 2011”
Exemplary and innovative activities aimed at enhancing fair trade
Service Agency "Communities in One World" of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
2011
Geotope of the Year 2011 
Deposits of glacial loess at Haarlass
Bergstrasse-Odenwald Geopark supported by UNESCO
2010
3rd place "2010 Federal Capital of Climate Protection"
Outstanding climate protection: largest European passive house settlement in the future city district of "Bahnstadt", as well as numerous other projects as part of the Heidelberg climate protection campaign entitled "Climate is looking for protection in Heidelberg… also with you!"
Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V. – DUH (German Environmental Aid Association)
2010
Fairtrade Town
Exemplary commitment to fair trade
TransFair

Prizes and Awards from 2000 to 2009

Year
Name/Title of award
Reason awarded
Awarded by
2009
City of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development
Continuity and further development of work in the fields of education and sustainability
UNESCO
2007
Federal Capital for Nature Protection 2007
Heidelberg persuaded by its outstanding nature protection measures above all in the fields of species and biotope protection as well as committed public relations and environmental education.
Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V. – DUH (German Environmental Aid Association)
2006
City of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development
Continuity and further development of work in the fields of education and sustainability
UNESCO
2006
German Solar Award
Numerous activities in the field of renewable energies and climate protection
European Association for Renewable Energies (EUROSOLAR)
2005
Climate Protection Award
Outstanding commitment to climate protection
The international organization "Climate Group"
2003
European Sustainable City Award 2003
For outstanding work in the field of sustainability
European Commission
2003
Award for the project ‘Symposium on Local Agenda 21 and Schools’
For outstanding achievements in municipal environmental protection and Local Agenda 21
Baden-Wuerttemberg Ministry of Environment and Transport
2002
Climate Star 2002
For the work in the field of the promotion of regenerative energies (25 % of the electricity consumption in local government buildings are supplied by eco-electricity’)
Internationales Klimabündnis/Alianza del Clima e.V.(International Climate Alliance)
2001
Promotion Prize for Concrete Projects within Local Agenda 21
For the Project: ‘Colourful and Sustainable’
Baden-Wuerttemberg Ministry of Environment and Transport
2001
Green Electricity Gold Label
Prize for the promotion and use of renewable energies: ‘25% of the electricity consumption in local government buildings are supplied by eco-electricity’
Grüner Strom Label e.V.(registered association certifying green electricity)

Prizes and Awards from 1990 to 1999

Year
Name/Title of award
Reason awarded
Awarded by
1997
European Sustainable City Award 1997
European award for exemplary work in the field of sustainability
The Council of European Municipalities and Regions, Brussels
1997
‘Five Milestones on the Way to Climate Protection’
Prize for the persuasive and measure-oriented climate protection policy of the City of Heidelberg; awarded to 33 prize winners following an international competition
The International Council for Local Environment Initiatives (ICLEI)
1997
’Federal Award for Tourism and Environment’
Awarded in acknowledgement of, among other things, the ‘Guidelines on Tourism’, the project ‘Environment-Friendly Hotel andCatering Trade’, traffic-calming on the castle hill, citizens’ involvement, and environmental management in the field of tourism
Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs
1996/97
Federal Capital for Nature Conservation and Environmental Protection 1996/1997
Heidelberg as the winner of a national local authority competition organized by the Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V. (German nature protection association) leads the way to a responsible environmental policy among the German cities and communities
Several German environmental protection associations (Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V., BUND,NABU; GRÜNE LIGA, Landesbund für Vogelschutz in Bayern Stiftung Europäisches Naturerbe), Deutscher Städtetag (German Association of Cities and Towns) and Deutscher Städte- und Gemeindebund (German Association of Cities and Municipalities)