Coventry has scooped a major award at the International Awards for Liveable Communities held in La Coruna, Spain.
The city won the category for cities with populations of 200,000 to 750,000 following a presentation to judges, who said they were impressed by environmental initiatives taking place in Coventry.
The presentation highlighted the planting of woodland to offset the emissions caused by competitors travelling to the city in July to take place in the International Children's Games. Councillor Kevin Foster, Coventry's cabinet member for city services, said a scheme to recycle and refurbish old hand tools and send them to developing countries had also won praise.
The judges were also told about the Ricoh Arena, the Phoenix Initiative and the Swanswell development. Coun Foster added: "I am delighted we have won and it shows that real progress is being made."
The LivCom Awards are endorsed by the United Nations Environment Programme.