The city of Bocholt is awarding a prize for sustainability for the first time this year. The prize is intended to honour Bocholt citizens, companies, associations and initiatives that are committed to sustainable structures in an exemplary manner in the areas of climate, social affairs or the economy. The prize is intended to honour and at the same time encourage others to follow suit. The award will be presented for the first time for projects that were implemented or initiated in 2023.
Council has adopted directive
At the end of 2022, the city council adopted a " guideline for awarding the Sustainability Prize of the City of Bocholt". The prize is to be awarded every two years, starting in 2024.
"The City of Bocholt Sustainability Award is presented for innovative ideas, concepts and projects that successfully combine social, economic and ecological factors in an exemplary manner to create sustainable solutions", emphasises the City Council. Entries are assessed on the basis of various criteria, such as their local connection to the city or their benefit to the general public.
At least two of the three pillars of sustainability should be addressed. We are looking for longer-term measures, not one-off actions, that contribute to the conservation of resources, have an economic benefit or promote social and cultural engagement in the city.
What contribution does the idea make to Bocholt's sustainable development? In what way does it serve as a role model for others? The answers to these questions should be emphasised.
Mayor Thomas Kerkhoff
In the first quarter of 2024, a jury will deliberate on the submitted applications for the first time and then award a winning project.
The jury consists of the chairmen of the political committees "Economy and Tourism", "Environment and Green" and "Labour, Health, Equality & Social Affairs", a representative of the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences, a media representative and a representative of the main sponsor, Bocholter Energie- und Wasserversorgung (BEW).
The first prize is endowed with 5,000 euros. In addition, as a sign of sustainability, a tree will be planted in the city centre for the winning project.