The 2012 Auroralia Award: shedding light on the best initiatives in sustainable urban lighting

Sept. 5, 2012
Date Announced: 05 Sep 2012 Following the success of the first three editions (2009-2011), the Auroralia Awards will be presented for the fourth year running to three cities committed to implementing sustainable urban lighting using remarkable solutions. An independent jury will choose the winners and the prizes will be awarded by LUCI and Schréder on 7th December in Lyon at the prestigious Light Festival.A joint initiative of the Schréder Group and LUCI, the Auroralia Award is given to three cities that have completed high-quality exterior lighting projects that have reduced their impact on the environment in the most noticeable, exemplary and original way. Through this award, LUCI - Lighting Urban Community International - and Schréder which through its 40 companies worldwide has set itself the goal of offering comprehensive solutions for public spaces that are aesthetically pleasing, create a sense of well-being and a feeling of safety and that are resolutely centred on sustainable development - wish to highlight the exemplary nature of the prize-winning entries, which serve as real sources of inspiration for as many cities as possible.For the first three editions, no fewer than 55 cities or urban communities submitted one or more applications. This was a remarkably successful participation rate which confirms the increasing commitment of local authorities to minimise the ecological footprint of urban lighting. The quality of the applications submitted to the independent jury from the international specialised press showed that, thanks to recent technological developments, this concern for the environment is fully compatible with the primary goals of urban lighting: providing quality of life and well-being, asserting a city’s identity and creating an atmosphere of safety in public spaces. The winning solutions which the Auroralia Award rewarded over the last 3 years in different application fields are truly successful examples in this regard.After having recognised the initiatives of large metropolises such as Berlin, Budapest, Lyon and Geneva in the two previous editions, the jury considered the commitments of more modestly sized towns in 2011. By awarding 1st prize to the small Portuguese town of Arraiolos, which converted entirely to LED technology, 2nd prize to the town of Nivelles (Belgium) for the regeneration of its historic centre and 3rd prize to St. Helens (United Kingdom) for the lighting renovation project on its academic campus, the panel wanted to commend these schemes for minimising the environmental footprint. The Special Mention given to the German town of Remchingen for the conversion of a thousand lighting points to an LED light source emphasises the massive economic and environmental impact of the global adoption of this most efficient technology in terms of energy.Thanks to the joint efforts of LUCI and Schréder, the influence of the Auroralia Award never ceases to increase. The most recent edition benefited from extensive international media coverage, not only on the internet but also in the written and audio-visual press. For a town or city, the Auroralia Award is an excellent opportunity to share its commitment in terms of sustainability with its inhabitants and its visitors, to increase its international standing and to position itself as a leader regarding environmental and energy issues.Applications for the 2012 Auroralia Award can be submitted until 26th October. A submission form can be downloaded at The Press Book for the 2011 edition is also available for download on this website. The three prize-winners of 2012 are awarded with a cheque: 1st prize: €6000 - 2nd prize: €3000 - 3rd prize: €1500.


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