L’Aquila, Pozzuoli and Crispiano among ‘sustainable cities’

As part of the 39th Annual Assembly of Anci at the Bergamo Fair, the awards of the 2022 edition of Cresco Awards – Sustainable Cities, the 7th edition of the contest promoted by the Sodalitas Foundation with the patronage of the National Association of Municipalities, were delivered Italians (Anci), for the sustainable development of the territories in line with the objectives of the UN Agenda 2030. One hundred projects submitted by 80 organizations (Municipalities, Metropolitan Cities, Mountain Communities or Unions of Municipalities from all over Italy) which add to the over 700 presented in previous editions which can now be consulted in the Cresco Library, an online database which bears witness to the fundamental commitment of Italian municipalities to guide the development of territories towards a sustainable future. The Municipalities of Roseto Capo Spulico (Cs), Cles (Tn), Crispiano (Ta), the Municipalities of Pia Rurale (Vi), Pozzuoli (Na) and Brescia deserve the Cresco Awards 2022.

“This recognition is a source of pride. An important initiative that enhances the territory of Pozzuoli”, underlines Luigi Manzoni, mayor of the awarded municipality in Campania. “We have transformed uncultivated land into cultivated land that has generated local products, including the first Flegrean cannellino – specifies Manzoni – We have trained many young people and involved many local businesses. We were among the few municipalities to intercept such an important loan, 5 million EUR”.

Great satisfaction also from Pierluigi Biondi, mayor of L’Aquila: “In L’Aquila we are not only rebuilding, we are also rethinking the area, we are also rebuilding buildings and alongside the new buildings, alongside the new schools, we have also adopted projects of urban regeneration that pass through the redevelopment of what we had that was damaged by the earthquake and which we use today for our community – says Biondi who concludes – Behind every work there is a well-defined strategy, we have left behind the times of everyday life faced day by day.

In the face of climate change, now the protagonists of the daily news, according to Luca Lopomo, mayor of Crispiano (Taranto): “The sustainability report also gives us the obligation to continue to measure the concrete actions to be taken to achieve the objectives, in our small way, that are coherent with the 2030 Agenda – underlines Lopomo – We have no other alternative than to work together to preserve our most precious asset, the earth in which we live. We are doing, in our small way, the our side.”