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<< Back to: ICLEI e-News | issue 11, December 2007 - January 2008

Beate Weber to receive the German Environmental Award

24-10-07
Beate Weber, former Lady Mayor of Heidelberg (Germany) and a member of the World Mayors Council on Climate Change, was recently honoured with the German Environmental Award.

The award is given by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU/German Environmental Foundation), honouring commitments and achievements that have contributed decisively to the protection and the preservation of the environment.   The Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt DBU is one of Europe's largest foundations, promoting innovative and exemplary environmental projects.

Ms Weber joined three other esteemed winners at a ceremony on 28 October 2007, being presented the award by German Federal President Mr. Horst Köhler.   The recipients each received (approx.) $US 700,000 dollars.

Ms Weber was recognized for motivating the city of Heidelberg on climate protection and nature conservation.  The German Environmental Foundation had these glowing words to say about Ms Weber and her efforts:
“In her 16 years long career as Lord Mayor of Heidelberg, Beate Weber was the moving spirit for climate and environmental protection. She even always represented the interests of nature protection. For a long time, even before everybody talked about the Agenda 21 and during a time “in which climate protection was still a foreign option”, said DBU Secretary General Dr. Fritz Brickwedde, Heidelberg had “set benchmarks in local environment protection”. In a campaign for climate protection, dimensioned for cooperation, the city of Heidelberg motivated already in 1991 its citizens, employees and planners to reduce the emission of climate-damaging carbon dioxide. Within a few years from 1994, Heidelberg reduced the emission of climate gases from its properties from 39,000 tons down to 25,400 tons per year - a decrease of 35 percent.

Sustainable economic policy as core element of Heidelberg's ecological principle.

At the same time the economic and ecological concept of the city still played a major part. The ‘Heidelberg City Development Plan 2010’ pursued concrete measures for systematical environment protection, of which a basic part was a future-oriented economic policy. Beate Weber and her fellows proved that ecology did not oppose economical and social interests.

The German Environmental Award for Beate Weber is not only an encouraging signal for Heidelberg, but also for the many in the local environment protection voluntary and full-time employed citizens, to go on with their efforts for safeguarding the future of our children and grandchildren”.

ICLEI and the World Mayors Council on Climate Change extend their congratulations to Ms Weber on being given this prestigious award.

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