CNLA Green Cities Award


*** Applications are now closed – ***


Climate change is affecting our cities, our communities, and our homes and is changing the way we must design and build our urban landscapes. Yes, climate change is a global problem, but the effects hit us locally, where we live. Each city, town and community must then, seek solutions and develop initiatives that are specific to their needs – on their streets, in their parks, playgrounds and schools, at all their green spaces, at every opportunity.
Never have our living landscapes been so important to our collective health and well-being – thriving, contributing, working green spaces and places for people to gather and enjoy.

Urban green spaces such as gardens, parks, transportation corridors and woodlands provide a multitude of benefits to human urban populations, and a vital habitat for wildlife. These important elements of our urban green infrastructure impact our health by improving air and water quality and limiting the impact of heatwaves by reducing urban temperatures. They provide a place for physical fitness and reduce urban stress, the presence of green spaces can enhance the health and wellbeing of people living and working in cities In addition, urban vegetation filters both air and water, helping to mitigate the effects of climate change in our cities, and reduces the likelihood of flooding by slowing and storing excess rain water.

This award champions city leadership in the use of nature based solutions/green infrastructure for improving the health and well-being of our cities.

Submission Process and Deadline

Each community will be required to submit a 500 word description of green infrastructure/nature based solutions activities in their community, along with photos. This is your chance to share with the judges why your community should be awarded the Green Cities award. This description should accompany your scorecard which can be found at the end of the application. Please send all submissions to

All submissions must be received by August, 31st, 2020. Late entries will not be considered. Application forms and all related materials can be submitted via email. Entrants are required to use standard electronic formats such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint; as well as Adobe PDF files. Photos may be submitted as PDF, JPG or TIFF files.


The scorecard will be evaluated and the best score will win. In the case of a tie, the municipality with the most complete package (i.e. links and information shared) will be the winner.

Winning Entries / Prizes
The winning entrant will receive
• A complimentary virtual consultation with one of our esteemed green city experts to review your scorecard.
• A plaque.
• Recognition at the CiB 2020 virtual symposium.
• Featured in an upcoming issue of CNLA’s Newsbrief magazine.