Urban development

European Evening of Green Rooftops


Who is behind this?

Sarolta Tripolszky

CEEweb for Biodiversity



Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

We want to live in European cities that are as green&lush as a jungle, nothing less! Not just because it would be fun, but also, because science shows that greener cities mean healthier people, better communities and cheaper adaptation to climate change. The “European Evening of Green Rooftops” is a mass public event that will build and showcase the incredible public support that exists for greening cities.

Where will your idea take place?

Budapest, Hungary +5 other cities

Why does Europe need your idea?

Science shows, that green urban structures bring a large number of benefits: they help to build communities and integrate social groups; increase health, physical fitness and buffer the effects of climate change. Also, greener cities are cheaper for the city’s administration and taxpayers. However the general public and decision makers know too little about these facts and don’t act on rolling out urban green.

What is your impact?

Green roofs become trendy in European cities as a place for community building, recreation and getting inspiration. This is becoming true both for creating new green roofs and for choosing such places for recreation and social gatherings. As green roofs and walls become sexy among EU citizens, decision makers feel motivated to enact more ambitious budgets & measures for greening of cities seeing the growing movement.

How do you get there?

We will organise the first “European Evening of Green Rooftops” in at least 6 European cities with involving min. 100 places, where social gatherings are organised: there can be no better places for joint singing or reading poems, sharing memories with friends or having a team building than on a green roof top in Budapest or Barcelona. The involved green rooftops would be open this evening to the public, and curated by volunteers. This is accompanied by a communication campaign, including a selfie competition, online voting and printing a calendar, which will be sent to politicians. Winners of the selfie contest win a trip to another city where they can visit green urban places sharing stories and videos with other participants.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

Two main target groups: 1. The direct target group are citizens of all ages and backgrounds in medium-large EU cities, who are on one hand flat owners, and can have a say in creating new green rooftops and walls, and on the other hand city dwellers, who can benefit from such green spaces through recreation. 2. Indirect target group are local and EU decision makers, e.g. city’s mayors. They will receive the calendar and approached in the framework of other projects.

What makes your idea stand apart?

This event would be a world’s first, no one has done such an event before. We are very proud and motivated to realise it. Green roofs and walls are normally not accessible for the public. Opening them up and organising an event around them is a new and unconventional idea, but one that we see as a logical next step. We think the event would be meet by support from the green roof and wall owners as well as great public interest.

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 50000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Human resource costs of participating 6 organisations 24000 Communication activities 10 000 Printing, posting 6 000 Travel and accommodation 10 000


Sarolta Tripolszky

Idea created on March 8, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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