Green Leaf Cornellà

Cornellà de Llobregat | Citilab | February 7th and 8th 2019

Green Capital & Green Leaf
Cities experiences

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With the aim of publicizing the practices in urban sustainability carried out by the cities that have been awarded with the Green Leaf and Green Capital awards, the City Council of Cornellà together with Barcelona Metropolitan Area, in collaboration with the European Commission and Diputació de Barcelona (provincial government), has co-organized the conference "Greening for Change".

Cornellà de Llobregat has obtained the European Green Leaf 2019 award, jointly with the Dutch city of Horst aan de Maas, while Lisbon has been awarded as European Green Capital 2020, during the event held last June in Nijmegen (The Netherlands). This award, together with the Green Capital, is promoted by the European Commission to reward the environmental commitment of European cities from 20,000 to 100,000 inhabitants and those with more than 100,000 inhabitants respectively, as well as their efforts to promote green growth.

An expert jury has recognized the commitment of Cornellà de Llobregat to transform itself into a truly sustainable city within a high density metropolitan area, and that could be a model for other compact urban areas. The expert evaluation takes into account aspects such as the effort in climate change and energy management, sustainable urban mobility, nature and biodiversity, noise and air quality, waste and circular economy, and water management. All of them with the clear objective of improving the city and, above all, the quality of life of its inhabitants.

Program and presentations

  • Thursday, 7th February

    • 9.00 - 9.30
      Arrival of participants
      9.30 - 10.15
      Institutional welcome
      Antonio Balmón

      Mayor of Cornellà de Llobregat
      Joanna Drake

      Deputy Director-General, European Commission. Directorate-General for Environment
      Josep Ramon Mut

      Deputy Director of urbanisme and housing of the Province of Barcelona
      Ramon Torra

      General Manager, Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB)
      10.15 - 10.45
      European Urban Environment Policy and the Green Capital and Green Leaf Awards
      Dr Joanna Drake

      Deputy Director-General, European Commission, Directorate-General for Environment
      10.45 - 11.15
      Coffee break
      11.15 - 12.00
      Keynote: Meaning and repercussions of a sustainable city model
      Mark Nieuwenhuijsen

      Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), Professor of Environmental Epidemiology Research, Director of Air Pollution and Environment, Director of Urban Planning, Environment and Health Initiative
      12.00 - 12.30
      Cornellà Green Leaf Award 2019 presentation
      Virginia Vallvé


      Responsible at the Area for Environmental Studies and Actions, Municipal Council of Cornellà de Llobregat
      Ricard Casademont

      Manager for Urban Planning and Management, PROCORNELLA
      12.30 - 14.00
      Guided tour
      Cornellà de Llobregat: the transformation of a city
      14.00 - 15.30
      Lunch (Museu Agbar de les Aigües)
      15.30 - 16.45
      Round table “Urban development strategies”
      Ramón Torra

      General Manager, Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB)

      With the participation of:
      Anna Coello


      Architect - landscaper, Ana Coello Paisaje y Arquitectura
      Cheryl Jones Fur


      Deputy Lord Mayor of the Municipal Council of Växjö (Sweden)
      Christina Anderskov


      International Strategist and Sustainability Coordinator for Copenhagen
      16.45 - 17.00
      17.00 - 18.45
      Round table “Sustainable urban mobility”
      Esther Anaya

      Environmentalist and doctoral student at the Imperial College London

      With the participation of:
      Miquel Martí


      Engineer of roads, channels and ports, architect and professor at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)
      Geert Vanhorebeek


      Coordinator of Environment, Municipal Council of Leuven (Belgium)
      Sandra Cunha Somsen

      Coordinator of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan for Lisbon, Municipal council of Lisbon
      Refreshment + opening of the exhibition “Metròpolis de ciutats” (Citilab)
  • Friday, 8th February

    • 9.00 - 9.15
      Arrival of participants
      9.15 - 10.00
      Presentation: Cornellà inside a green metropolis
      Enric Batlle


      Architect and director MBLandArch at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)
      10.00 - 11.15
      Round table “Green and blue infrastructure”
      Antoni Farrero

      General Coordinator of the General Manager Bureau (AMB)

      With the participation of:
      Isabelle Anguelovski


      Researcher at Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB)
      Josep Maria Mompín


      Responsible for the Service of Urban Landscape, Environmental Promotion and Environment, Municipal Council of Mollet del Vallès
      Simona Berden


      Senior Adviser Development Projects and Investments. Office Development Project Section. City of Ljubljana
      11.15 - 11.45
      Coffee break
      11.45 - 13.00
      Round table “Urban resilience and climate change”
      Montse Montalbo

      Chief of section at the service of Equipment and Public Space, Province of Barcelona

      With the participation of:
      Elisa Sainz de Murieta


      Researcher at Basque Centre for Climate Change
      Sveinung André Kvalø


      Senior adviser, e-mobility and car sharing, Oslo City Hall
      Thijs Kuipers


      Alderman for Sustainability, Municipal Council of Horst aan de Maas (the Netherlands)
      Eric Beurskens

      Alderman for Mobility and Public Space, Municipal Council of Horst aan de Maas (the Netherlands)
      13.00 - 14.00
      Guided tour
      Metropolitan landscape: Parc Riu Llobregat (on bike)
      Lunch at Can Comas (Parc Agrari del Baix Llobregat)


  • Esther Anaya
  • Christina Anderskov
  • Enric Batlle
  • Simona Berden
  • Eric Beurskens
  • Ricard Casademont
  • Ana Coello de Llobet
  • Sandra Cunha Somsen
  • Joanna Drake
  • Antoni Farrero
  • Cheryl Jones Fur
  • Miquel Martí Casanovas
  • Thijs Kuipers
  • Sveinung André Kvalø
  • Josep M. Mompín i Valeri
  • Montserrat Montalbo
  • Mark Nieuwenhuijsen
  • Elisa Sainz de Murieta
  • Ramon M. Torra i Xicoy
  • Virgínia Vallvé
  • Geert Vanhorebeek



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