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Prizes and Awards Received by the City of Heidelberg

Prizes and awards from 2010 to today

Year
Name/Title of award
Reason awarded
Awarded by
2017
1st place for the campaign #WoParkstDudenn? at the German Bicycle Award 2017
The joint action #WoParkstDuDenn? excelled in the category communication. The campaign was ranked among the best projects and measures in 2017 improving the conditions for bicycle traffic in everyday life, leisure time or tourism.
Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, (Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur ; abbreviated BMVI) Working group of the association pedestrian-friendly and cycle-friendly cities, communities and districts in North Rhine-Westphalia (Arbeitsgemeinschaft fußgänger- und fahrradfreundlicher Städte, Gemeinden und Kreise in NRW e.V.; abbreviated AGFS) 
2017
2nd place at the „Fahrrad. Ideen. Entwickeln" national competition
Heidelberg delighted the jury with its "RadKULTUR" cycling events held in 2017
Ministry of Transport Baden-Wuerttemberg
2016
European City of the Reformation
On the opening ceremony of the anniversary “500 years since the Reformation”, the honorary title was given to Heidelberg in the Heiliggeistkirche on 12 December 2016. Heidelberg was a milestone on the path towards the Reformation. It was here that Luther justified himself – about half a year after he had posted his theses – at the Heidelberg Disputation in front of the lecture hall of the Augustinian order in 1518. 
Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE)
2016
"Press Office of the Year" Award
Exemplary communication concerning refugees: "people on the run"
"Bundesverband deutscher Pressesprecher" (Federal Association of German Press Officers)
2016
"Public participation shapes the future" Award
The city of Heidelberg was honored for her achievements in the establishment of public participation as a municipal operation principle.
"Mitarbeit" Foundation
2016
#HolDenOberbürgermeister (#getthemayor) won the German Prize for Online Communication 2016
The Internet portal #HolDenOberbürgermeister (#getthemayor) won the German Prize for Online Communication 2016. The project of the city of Heidelberg was honored in the category "Innovation of the Year" on the evening of June 8, 2016 in Berlin.
 
2016
Fairtrade-Town
(Renewal of the title for two more years)
Exemplary commitment to fair trade
TransFair
2016
Awardee at the federal competition "Healthy aging in the municipality – active and mobile"
The city of Heidelberg was awarded for its outstanding activities to promote exercise and mobility for older people.
Federal Center for Health Education
2016
“People’s Choice Award” for the campaign #GetTheMayor.com
 
The campaign of the city of Heidelberg that enables citizens to propose issues and thus to exercise influence on the diary of the mayor Dr. Eckart Würzner, is considered to be an innovative idea in the area of citizen’s participation.
 
„South by Southwest“-festival on the topics of music, film and interactive media.
2016
UNESCO Global Geopark
The geopark Bergstraße-Odenwald (Forest of Odes) is one of the two „UNESCO Global Geoparks in Baden-Wuerttemberg – overall, there exist six in the federal territory and 120 worldwide. The “Global Geoparks” provide exceptional insights into geological history, nature and culture and created a variety of offers concerning environmental education and sustainable development in your region for this purpose.
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
Hugo-Häring-Award/ Hugo-Häring Landespreis
For the exemplary construction and restoration of the Heidelberg Theatre and Orchestra
The Federation of German Architects (BDA), National Association of Baden-Wuerttemberg
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
Award for categorie „Socially-Oriented Urban Redevelopment and Housing Policy” in state competition “City Council and Citizen Dialogue”
Successful civic participation in the districts of Emmertsgrund
Ministry of Finance and Economics Baden-Württemberg
2015
Energy Community
Heidelberg, along with many different partners, engages and promotes the use of renewable energies.
Renewable Energies Agency
2015
Innovation Award for the public transportation system
Heidelberg and the public transportation provider Verkehrsverbund rhein-Neckar (VRN) received the Innovation Award for the launch of an electronic charge systrem (eTarif), allowing cheaper prices for short-distance-use of public transportation.
Government of the state of Baden-Württemberg
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
City of Literature
within UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network
Heidelberg has an outstanding literary heritage and a vibrant contemporary scene.
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UNESCO
2014
E-Town-Award
Heidelberg is one of the ten digital most influential cities in Germany
Google and the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln - IW Köln)
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
Bicycle-friendly Municipality
Exemplary commitment to the promotion of bicycle traffic
Baden-Wuerttemberg Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure
2012
2012 Heidelberg Prevention Prize
For projects focusing for example on youth violence
“Safe Heidelberg” registered Association
2012
Fairtrade Town
Exemplary commitment to fair trade
TransFair
2012
The Awarding Authority Prize 2012
An award presented to the awarding authorities of the Heidelberg region for consistent and ongoing efforts to improve the competition culture, the procedure culture and thus the architectural culture
Baden-Württemberg Chamber of Architects
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
2010 Heidelberg Prevention Prize
For the "Peer to Peer – Learning Godparentship " project of the Children and Youth Centre in Heidelberg-Emmertsgrund
“Safe Heidelberg” registered Association
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
1st prize in the "2010 Day of Music" competition
For the City of Heidelberg Theatre "Rap it like Heidelberg" youth project in the category "Musical Life – a Stage for Professionals and Amateurs"
German Music Council
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
2008
Second prize in the "Office and the Environment" competition as one of Germany’s most environmentally friendly offices
Environmental concerns are given a high priority in all office routines.
German Environmental Management Association (B.A.U.M.)
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.
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Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V. – DUH (German Environmental Aid Association)
2006/2007
Best Concert Programme
For the City of Heidelberg Theatre and Philharmonic Orchestra
German Association of Music Publishers
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"
2004
Second prize in the competition ‘Developing cities and communities – a Future for Living and Working’
For the urban development project ‘Urban Space of Bergheim’, including the areas of ‚Alte Glockengiesserei’ and ‘Schlossquell-Areal’
Working Group of the Baden-Wuerttemberg Home Savings Banks, Baden-Wuerttemberg Ministries of Economic Affairs and of Social Affairs
2004
Second nationwide competition ‘Local Addiction Prevention’
For exemplary strategies of local addiction prevention:
Tobacco Prevention in Heidelberg
Local Addiction Prevention, Berlin
Berlin
2004
2004 Award
For the exemplary employment of people with severe disabilities
Baden-Wuerttemberg State Association of Welfare Work
2003/2004
‘School Authorities -21-‘ Award
For its outstanding commitment to improve the school environment in the sense of Agenda 21
German Society for Environmental Education
2003
Friendliest Aliens Section Award’
For competency, open-mindedness and helpfulness
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Founder Association for the German Science
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
2003
European Sustainable City Award 2003
For outstanding work in the field of sustainability
European Commission
2002
1st place in a city ranking about ‘Heidelberg as an Industrial Location’
Features of industrial location:
powerful: ranked 1st
unaffected by crises: ranked 2nd
profitable: ranked 1st
CAPITAL (issue 6, 2002)
2002
1st place in the environmental ranking of VCD (German transport association) and ÖPNV (public transport) 2001/2002
For environmental management*of the Heidelberg Public Transport and Utilities Service
Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety
2002
3rd prize in DIFA Award;category: built/completed areas
‘Successful redesigning and revitalizing’ of the area around Schlossquellbrauerei (brewery in Heidelberg-Bergheim)
DIFA (German real estate fund)
2002
Prize at the ‘Drei-Löwen-Takt-Kampagne’, a competition for creative ideas on the direct marketing of public transport
For the joint project ‘Public Transport Information for People New in Town’ of the City of Heidelberg, the Heidelberg Public Transport Service (HSB) and the Institute of Sociology, University of Heidelberg
Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Environment and Transport
2002
Award ‘Example of Best-Practice’
For what is on offer on the City's German website for women
Initiative 21 within the framework of the study ‘E-Town 2002’ – Germany’s digital main cities
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)
2002
‘Friendliest Aliens Section Award'
For competency, open-mindedness and helpfulness
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Founder Association for the German Science
2001
‘Municipal Infrastructure supporting Civic Commitment’
For the outstanding contribution to the promotion of civic commitment
Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
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)
2000
Outstanding Civilian Service Award 2001
For outstanding civilian support of the American forces and special merit for German–American friendship
US Army
2000
Winner of the ‘Healthy Cities’ award in 2000
 
Healthy Cities Network of the Federal Republic of Germany

Prizes and awards from 1993 to 1999

Year
Name/Title of award
Reason awarded
Awarded by
1999
1st place in the city ranking ‘Best Chances for New Enterprises’
For administration, environment, conditions for new enterprises and market potential
Newsmagazine FOCUS (issue 16/1999)
1998
‘TOTAL E-QUALITY’
For the exemplary gender equity policy of the city administration
TOTAL E-QUALITY Deutschland e. V., a registered association based on an economic initiative
1998
4th place in the city ranking
‘Feel-Good-City’
Opinion poll among radio listeners about the quality of life in the cities and communities of Baden-Wuerttemberg
Südwestrundfunk (SWR) radio station
1998
‘Communities Mastering the Euro’
For the overall programme of the currency changeover from Deutsche Mark to Euro
German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer and the German Bank
1997 - 2002
‘Cities of the Future’
Model City Heidelberg; Heidelberg was chosen as one of four out of 300 selected cities to participate in the programme ‘Experimental Housing and Urban Development’ (EXWOST) - city development according to the criteria of sustainability
Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Housing
1997
4th place in a city ranking
‘The best place for children to live’ – child-friendly German cities
Newsmagazine FOCUS (issue 38/1997) and Deutscher Kinderschutzbund (German Association for the Protection of Children)
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
1997
1st place in a city ranking
For efficiency as to financial situation, trade tax, staff costs, modernization of administration etc., gained in competition with 83 other German cities
Weekly business magazine ‘Wirtschaftswoche’ after questioning the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the Chamber of Trade and local journalists
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)
1996
Europe Medal
For special activities in the field of town twinning and in recognition of the work accomplished by the Partnership Committee of the Stadtjugendring and the Friendship Associations of the individual twin towns
Institute for European Partnerships and International Co-operation,Council of the European Communities and Regions
1996
BioRegion Rhine Neckar Triangle
For being one of three German model regions in biotechnology. The certificate reads: ‘The great number of partners and important biotechnological co-operation projects with national and international enterprises or institutions show the power of the research institutes based in the region.’
Federal Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Technology
1995
2nd place in a city ranking
For the level of duties, administrative reform, financial situation and orientation towards the citizens’ needs
Newsmagazine FOCUS (December 1995) and the association of taxpayers
1994/95
‘Best Concert Programme’
For the Concert Programme of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the City of Heidelberg
German Association of Music Publishers
1994
Speyer Special Award 1994
In recognition and acknowledgement of the particularly outstanding contribution to the modernisation of the administration of the City of Heidelberg on the occasion of the 2nd Speyer quality competition
German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer
1993
Adenauer-de-Gaulle Award
In acknowledgement of the outstanding contribution to the reconciliation, cooperation and friendship between the Federal Republic of Germany and France
(for the town twinning between Heidelberg and Montpellier)
Federal Republic of Germanyand Republic of France (Commission for German-French Cooperation)