The criteria for becoming a partner, in addition to signing the Oslo Green Capital Declaration, was to contribute with one or more events in the official programme.
Partner events would be marketed in the official programme and partners could use the official Green Capital logo in their marketing material.
It was also an option to become a “supporter” by simply signing the Declaration, thereby signalling support to the European Green Capital Year and the city’s ambitious work on climate and environment.
Through 2018 and 2019, the City invited partners to network meetings. The objective of the meetings was to gather partners across sectors to share knowledge and information, get feedback on how the year was progressing, and facilitate continued cooperation.
The partners who attended network meetings report that it was useful to have the Green Capital secretariat function as the point of contact with the municipality. They also appreciated getting to know other organizations and businesses working with climate and environment. Many have, as a result of the network meetings, initiated new collaborations.
The official programme
The European Green Capital partners all contributed one or more events in the official programme. For the events to be approved by the secretariat they had to have a clear focus on climate or environment and, preferably, be open for a wide audience.
Therefore, the complete programme available on the website consisted of events and activities organised both by partners and by municipal entities.
As the year went on, partners could add additional events. At the end of the year, the official programme contained more than 600 events ranging from large conferences and festivals, to guided walks along the rivers and neighbourhood cafés, seminars, and courses.
More than half of the events were considered suitable for children, while more than 40 percent were fully or partially directed towards a professional audience.
This is the first time hundreds of events focussing on climate and environment were gathered under a common “umbrella”. The programme contributed to raising awareness of the already existing engagement in this area, and offered a platform for new actors to come on board. Many of the partners have reported that they stepped up their efforts in 2019 as a result of Oslo being European Green Capital.
The official programme played a central role in the year and has been communicated widely towards the public.
Many partners have experienced increased participation in their events during 2019 compared with previous years.