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Prizes and awards

2012: eAward for online security map and defi-App
security map of Graz 
security map of Graz
 

The city of Graz was awarded the second prize in the eAward for its online security map and the defi-App. Both computer applications contains the locations of rescue organizations as well as chemist´s and find all places of position of heart defibrillators in Graz.
Read on about the Defi-App (german).

 
2012: Women- and family-friendly company

When filling positions, the city of Graz observes the women's quota, offering conditions that facilitate a better balance between work and family. The provincial capital was awarded the third prize in the Public Companies category for women- and family-friendly measures.

 
2011: Austrian public sector award

The city administration's efforts to reduce bureaucracy and work together for the benefit of citizens have now been "officially" recognised: the public sector award and a merit prize were awarded to the Department for Youth and Family Affairs for the "Social space orientation" project and the municipal library for its "Post service".

 
2011: Graz is a UNESCO City of Design

It's been official since 17 March 2011: Graz is the first city in Austria to carry the title of "UNESCO City of Design". The capital of Styria is now one of a total of ten distinguished cities alongside Berlin, Buenos Aires or Seoul.

 
2011: Seal of approval for workplace health promotion

Graz has got another accolade to add to its collection! The city was awarded the seal of approval for workplace health promotion on 16 March 2011.

 
2011: Next prize for solar roof map

Having already garnered several prizes, Graz's showcase project for the profitable use of solar facilities received the national "Green Award" for the best IT project with environmental benefit on 26 January 2011. This is the next "gold medal" for the solar roof map, already voted best Styrian project.

 
2010: Eggenberg Palace is world cultural heritage
Side view of Eggenberg Palace with the "Parapluie" on top of the rose hill 
Side view of Eggenberg Palace with the "Parapluie" on top of the rose hillSide view of Eggenberg Palace with the "Parapluie" on top of the rose hill
 
A feast for the eyes: the newly designed Planet Garden 
A feast for the eyes: the newly designed Planet GardenA feast for the eyes: the newly designed Planet Garden
 

The UNESCO committee decided to add Eggenberg Palace to the world cultural heritage site of Graz at the 34th session in Brasilia in 1 August 2010. This was the crowning success for long-standing efforts on the part of Graz, particularly the local building administration office, and Styria Province. As before, the extended world cultural heritage site of Graz is listed under UNESCO criteria (ii) and (iv), with the following justification: "The City of Graz - Historic Centre and Schloss Eggenberg reflects artistic and architectural movements originating from the Germanic region, the Balkans and the Mediterranean, for which it served as a crossroads for centuries. The greatest architects and artists of these different regions expressed themselves forcefully here and thus created a brilliant synthesis. The urban complex forming the City of Graz - Historic Centre and Schloss Eggenberg is an exceptional example of a harmonious integration of architectural styles from successive periods. The physiognomy of the city and of the castle faithfully tells the story of their common historic and cultural development."

Links:
UNESCO-Weltkulturerbe in Graz
Schloss Eggenberg
Bauerbe in Graz 

 
2010: "GIS Oscar" and "Climate Protection Municipality 2010"

The Styrian capital has pocketed two awards for the "Solar roof map of Graz": The Municipal Surveyor's Office won a kind of "geoinformation system Oscar" at a presentation of international GIS system applications in San Diego: the Office garnered one of the coveted SAG awards from among more than 300,000 users world-wide.
Twenty European users succeeded in taking part in the prize ceremony across the Pond, including the Municipal Surveyor's Office. Read on here. Graz Environmental Department was awarded the "2010 Climate Protection Municipality" prize for its municipal concept, specifically the Solar Roof Map.
Thirty-five municipalities took part in three categories of the competition held by the Gemeindebund and Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Environment, with the city of Graz convincing the judges and coming third in the third category (municipalities with more than 5000 inhabitants). Read on here. Graz Solar Roof Map has been online since 1 January 2001 at www.gis.graz.at and www.oekostadt.graz.at. At the click of a mouse you can see how suitable your own roof is for fitting solar installations and where solar collectors are most efficient.

Links:
www.gis.graz.at
www.oekostadt.graz.at

 
"GIS Oscar": DI Anneliese Kapfenberger-Pock from the Municipal Surveyor's Office, company founder Jack Dangermond, and Synergis Austria representative Gernot Tutsch (from left to right) 
"GIS Oscar": DI Anneliese Kapfenberger-Pock from the Municipal Surveyor's Office, company founder Jack Dangermond, and Synergis Austria representative Gernot Tutsch (from left to right)"GIS Oscar": DI Anneliese Kapfenberger-Pock from the Municipal Surveyor's Office, company founder Jack Dangermond, and Synergis Austria representative Gernot Tutsch (from left to right)
 
GB President Helmut Mödlhammer, Ulrike Baumgartner-Gabitzer (Board member), Head of Environmental Department DI Dr. Werner Prutsch, Deputy Mayor Lisa Rücker, Minister of the Environment Niki Berlakovich (from left). 
GB President Helmut Mödlhammer, Ulrike Baumgartner-Gabitzer (Board member), Head of Environmental Department DI Dr. Werner Prutsch, Deputy Mayor Lisa Rücker, Minister of the Environment Niki Berlakovich (from left).GB President Helmut Mödlhammer, Ulrike Baumgartner-Gabitzer (Board member), Head of Environmental Department DI Dr. Werner Prutsch, Deputy Mayor Lisa Rücker, Minister of the Environment Niki Berlakovich (from left).
 
 
2009: Two prizes at the European Public Sector Award

"Baby certificate service" among top five European projects
The European Public Sector Award was presented in Maastricht on 5 November 2009. Graz's "Baby certificate service" was nominated in the category "Performance Improvement in Public Service Delivery" and came in among the top five. The European Public Sector Award (EPSA) was awarded by the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) for the first time in 2007. All levels of the public sector in Europe can take part. The aim is to motivate the public sector throughout Europe to exchange projects and best practices and thus encourage a joint modernisation thrust.

"Best practice certificate" for "Gender Mainstreaming findet Stadt"
"Gender Mainstreaming findet Stadt" was nominated as a "Best Practice Project" in the category "Leadership and Management for Change" of the European Public Sector Award. Implementation of gender equality at all levels is a declared aim of Graz municipal authorities. All anti-discrimination measures are to be underpinned by management tools. 

Links:
Gleichstellung in der Stadt Graz
Baby-Urkunden-Service

 
Dr. Ingrid Bardeau, Head of the Citizens' Advice Department, with the European award. | Photo: MCM Productions  
Dr. Ingrid Bardeau, Head of the Citizens' Advice Department, with the European award. | Photo: MCM Productions Dr. Ingrid Bardeau, Head of the Citizens' Advice Department, with the European award. | Photo: MCM Productions
 
The delegation from Graz is proud of the two awards | Photo: MCM Productions  
The delegation from Graz is proud of the two awards | Photo: MCM Productions The delegation from Graz is proud of the two awards | Photo: MCM Productions
 
Doris Kirschner, Director of the municipal authorities Mag. Martin Haidvogl, and Dr Priska Pschaid with the "Best Practice Certificate" | Photo: MCM Productions  
Doris Kirschner, Director of the municipal authorities Mag. Martin Haidvogl, and Dr Priska Pschaid with the "Best Practice Certificate" | Photo: MCM Productions Doris Kirschner, Director of the municipal authorities Mag. Martin Haidvogl, and Dr Priska Pschaid with the "Best Practice Certificate" | Photo: MCM Productions
 
 
2009: Award for "GEMA" health project

The City of Graz won the Chamber of Commerce's "Fit im Job 2009" Styrian Prize for the "GEMA" health project.

 
2008: City of Graz awarded three public sector prizes

Prize-winner: Baby certificate service
The prize distinguishes services that are geared particularly to public service. The "Baby certificate service" launched by Graz Citizens' Advice Department is a service for new parents: no longer do they have to go to the Department to apply for documents for their newborn child, instead the Department comes to the maternity ward. All official procedures concerning the birth certificate and proof of citizenship are handled right by the baby's bed.

Prize-winner: Gender mainstreaming
For the city's unwavering efforts to implement the principles of gender mainstreaming, the programme was awarded a public sector prize. The watchword for the last seven years has been: equal opportunities for all citizens, men and women alike. The measures are put into practice consistently based on a top-down principle, i.e. the most senior official at the municipal authorities - the Director himself - is personally involved in this task force.

Prize-winner: Electronic furniture exchange
The third prize-winning project is just as ingenious and practically oriented: the old furniture warehouse in Graz was replaced by an electronic furniture exchange. The effect is no rent costs, no storage costs, fast turnaround times, and thus a high level of satisfaction all round. The project team was awarded a merit prize.

 
2008: "Civitas city 2008"
 

The highest European award for sustainable traffic solutions goes to the first Austrian city - Graz - in November 2008. Twenty separate measures, for example upgrading the GVB's fleet of buses, installing passenger information systems, and new cycle-paths won over the judges, who presented this award in Bologna.

 
2008: Graz is "senior citizen-friendly municipality 2008"

This award was presented to the city in September 2008 by the Federal Ministry of Social Affairs and Consumer Protection in cooperation with Volkshilfe and the Senior Citizens Association. Graz was awarded this title as recognition for such projects as the 55plus summer programme and visiting services for senior citizens.

 
2006: "Green Panther" for Graz Online
Photo: City of Graz/Fischer 
Photo: City of Graz/FischerPhoto: City of Graz/Fischer
 

City of Graz website wins bronze in Federal Provinces competition, the "Green Panther". In addition to originality and idea, other criteria included suitability of the promotional measure as a marketing instrument.

Link:
www.greenpanther.at

 
2003: Graz is "Cultural Capital of Europe"
Kunsthaus | Photo: GTG 
Kunsthaus | Photo: GTGKunsthaus | Photo: GTG
 

More than 2.5 million visitors come to take in the host of new culture buildings and the attractive programme in the Cultural Capital of Europe.

Link:
Graz 2003

 
2002: European environment award for Graz's "Ökodrive" project
From among 140 applicants from all over Europe, Graz's "Ökodrive" project - which involves using edible food oil to drive the city's buses - was awarded the European "Climate Star" environmental award.
 
2001: Graz European city of human rights
Graz local council unanimously approves decision to make Graz the first European city of human rights. This means that all decisions must be based on aspects of human rights. The UN has approved this project with great applause.

 
1999: Graz added to the list of world cultural heritage
Roofscape of Graz | Photo: GTG  
Roofscape of Graz | Photo: GTG Roofscape of Graz | Photo: GTG
 

UNESCO is including the historic centre of Graz with its unparalleled roofscape on the list of world cultural heritage. However, this accolade also involves an obligation to preserve heritage, to promote new architecture and insert it harmoniously into the urban fabric.

Link:
www.unesco.org

 
1996: Graz receives first international "Sustainable City Award"

For sustainable successes in the environmental sector, the European Union awards Graz the first international "Sustainable City Award" as a city fit the future.

 
1995: Graz is an eco-city
With its environmental programme "Eco-city" / Local Agenda 21, Graz has embarked resolutely on the road to sustainability. The EU's "Sustainable City" award is confirmation of this programme and goes to Graz as the first European municipality.
 
1993: Climate protection prize for Graz

The international environmental organisation "Greenpeace" awards Graz the climate protection prize.

 
1993: Graz hosts "European Cultural Month"

The culture ministers of the European Union have tasked Graz to host the "European Cultural Month".

 
1979: Graz awarded Europe Prize

The European Council has awarded the City of Graz the Europe Prize for sustainable dissemination of the European ideal.

 
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