Timișoara, Botoșani and Ploiesti compete for the Earth Hour Romania Capital

March 8, 2013 at 11:58 am | Posted in Events, General | Leave a comment
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About the Challenge

The Earth Hour City Challenge is part of the Earth Hour campaign implemented in Romania. Cities and towns compete by expressing ideas, projects and initiatives for environmental protection – including projects started in the last 5-10 years and those set to be implemented in the future. The 2013 Competition is being held between the 7th of February and the 9th of March 2013.

 Who are the organizers?

Earth Hour is a concept initiated and organized by WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), one of the biggest international NGOs working on nature conservation which has active campaigns in over 100 countries on all continents.

WWF-Romania, which was created in 2006, oversees projects and campaigns which have as a goal the conservation of the Carpathian and Danube areas.  For more information please visit www.wwf.ro.

 What cities qualified for the Finals?

Timiṣoara participates for the second time in the final. It scored 81.3 points out of 100 due to energy efficiency, education and communication, conservation and biodiversity values present in past projects. Future projects focus on energy efficiency and education, and the municipality’s plan for taking part in Earth Hour on the 23rd of March was marked with 18 points out of 20.

Botosani is in the final for the first time, scoring 75.6 points due to green spaces which are larger than the European regulation – 27.34% m2/person, and due to past education projects, transport plans for the future and reported recycled waste.

Ploiesti is in the final for the first time and scored 59.6 points. The high score comes from assessing education projects, transport, and biodiversity conservation and from having a green City Council.

What is the prize/award?

The winning city will be awarded the Title of Earth Hour Capital Romania 2013; it will be promoted at a national and international level, and will host the official event on the 23rd of March 2013. At the event, the WWF team and national press will participate making the city a landmark on Romania’s map.

 What will differentiate the competitors?

The contribution of the cities is not the only one that matters, but the people living in those cities. They are asked to participate by recycling PETs/plastic bottles. The city which will recycle the largest quantity of PETs/plastic bottles will win the Title of Earth Hour Capital, Romania 2013. The final will take place on March 9th, 2013.


For more details on the campaign please visit the Earth Hour, Romania website at www.ora-pamantului.ro.

To find out more about the international campaign please visit www.earthhour.org


Text: Adriana Potlog, Associate Member RoGBC

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