News archive of the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission

3 e-courses on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans launched!

20.12.2018 - 11:02
The CIVITAS SUMPs-Up project offers a series of free e-courses to anyone interested in learning more about sustainable urban mobility planning. The SUMP learning programme for mobility practitioners consists in total of 7 e-courses. The courses tackle different phases in the SUMP process starting from how to initiate a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) and prepare a SUMP vision in cooperation with various stakeholders, elaborate the SUMP strategy and select SUMP measures and on how to...

Change your way(s) for a more sustainable mobility culture in your city – cities.multimodal´s first year

17.12.2018 - 14:07
The cities.multimodal project looks back on a busy first year. The partner cities conducted a comprehensive preparatory analysis incl. interviews with stakeholders, collected statistical data on their pilot area and implemented a survey among their citizens in order to get to know the mobility situation and behavior in their cities. The outcomes are now published as fact sheets on our website – take a look! After two intensive project meetings in Turku and Riga and a workshop on mobility points...

City Sounds: Greifswald's Best Sustainability Practice of 2018

13.12.2018 - 15:36
Solar boats on the river Ryck – makes electric mobility on water coming alive for inhabitants and guests of the city Every year we have in Greifswald the so called “Fischerfest Gaffelrigg”. It is the largest maritime festival in western Pomerania with around 50000 guests, celebrated for three days and nights. Fans of old ships got their money's worth at the Gaffelrigg. Ryckhangeln, dragon boat race, Boddenschwimmen attracts sport fans to come to festival. This year we went new ways because we...

Discussing Climate Resilience - from a concept to action in our cities

13.12.2018 - 15:33
Climate change impacts cities everywhere. The blazing wildfires, heavy rains that cause large-scale flooding and fluctuating temperatures are some examples of the climate-related risks that need to be anticipated and prepared for in order to reduce their impact on our cities.  As most of the cities of UBC are located in the somewhat close vicinity of the Baltic Sea or a lake/river, the issues regarding sea level rise and flooding are of uttermost importance. Our cities need to become more...

Policy recommendations for brownfield regeneration in the Baltic Sea Region

13.12.2018 - 11:27
As an essential path toward more integrated, resilient and sustainable urban development, brownfield regeneration (redeveloping underutilized areas of a city) has the potential to both limit the urban sprawl and promote investment to restore the land that has been contaminated by industrial activity. During the Baltic Urban Lab project, partners from Sweden (Norrköping), Finland (Turku), Estonia (Tallinn) and Latvia (Riga) identified planning challenges in brownfield regeneration and developed...

Guide published for urban brownfield redevelopment

10.12.2018 - 13:37
Baltic Urban Lab project has published a guide – Towards integrated and partnership-based planning of brownfields areas. The guide is targeted to urban planners and other experts interested to learn more how to develop  brownfield areas in cooperation with citizens, NGOs, land-owners, developers and other stakeholders. The revitalisation of a brownfield is a complex pro­cess. It requires both dealing with the site’s past and planning for the future of the site. At the same time, it is necessary...

Cooperation between projects for improved water sector

03.12.2018 - 14:27
BSR WATER
The BSR WATER platform project has successfully kicked-off in Riga last week! Three-day event involved careful planning of the upcoming years of platform project implementation based on the expertise of partners, focuses of involved projects and indicated aims to achieve through the platform cooperation. The Kick-off of the BSR WATER — Platform on Integrated Water Cooperation was held in Riga on 27–29 November 2018 hosted by the city representing one of the platform partners. The partnership of...

Call open for cities to join the last SUMP learning programme!

28.11.2018 - 10:17
Good news for cities developing Sustainable Urban Mobility plans! Cities have now a possibility to apply for the CIVITAS SUMPs-Up call and join the group of 100 cities learning and exchanging about SUMPs. CIVITAS SUMPs-Up is looking for up to 25 planning authorities to join the 5th SUMP learning programme (SLP) which starts in May 2019.  Several cities from the Baltic Sea Region have already joined the previous learning programmes. Programme format and content The six month programmes combine...

UBC Urban Planning Webinar focused on concrete urban planning tools

25.10.2018 - 12:17
The third UBC webinar was held on 25 October 2018 with the focus on presenting the UBC cities the concrete urban planning tools that have been developed in two cross-border cooperation projects - iWater and Baltic Urban Lab.  In this webinar you will learn about the Guide for urban planners dealing with redevelopment of brownfield sites, Blue-Green Factor tool and iWater toolbox for more integrated storm water management in the cities.  We would like to thank everyone for participating and...

CIVITAS Forum 2018 in Umeå

15.10.2018 - 17:16
CIVITAS forum 2018
The annual meeting of the CIVITAS Initiative took place under the slogan “Mobility for U and Me” from 19.-21- of September 2018 un Umeå, Sweden. Over 400 participants from cities and municipalities, organisations, NGOs, companies and different initiatives form all over Europe gathered in the Northern Swedish city  for three days of interesting speeches and presentations, hands-on site visits around the town and most important- networking with other colleagues. UBC SCC has been active within the...

New staff in the UBC SCC office - welcome!

15.10.2018 - 13:57
We are pleased to introduce some new faces among our staff: Mr Juha Pulmuranta started to work for UBC SCC in December 2017. Juha is responsible for communication and dissemination activities in CIVITAS ECCENTRIC project, which focuses onsustainable suburban mobility.  From 2014 to 2017 Juha worked for Regional Council of Southwest Finland in an ERDF funded project called 6Aika, which focused on open data in the six largest cities in Finland. During his earlier career Juha has e.g. developed...

iWater project ended with a successful Final Conference

15.10.2018 - 12:22
Integrated Stormwater Management (iWater) project held its final conference on 7–8 May 2018 in Riga and Jelgava, Latvia. iWater aims at improving urban planning by development of integrated and multifunctional stormwater management, thus creating higher quality, cleaner and safer urban environment and increasing urban sustainability. The event successfully concluded the project that has engaged over 500 stakeholders and produced several tangible outputs. Over 60 participants attended the Final...

Report on the status of SUMPs in EU countries published!

12.10.2018 - 15:29
The “Status of SUMPs in EU Member States” report summarises the status of SUMP and national SUMP programmes in all 28 EU Member States and elaborates recommendations for countries interested in developing their national programmes. Find the report here: sumps-up.eu/reports  The existence and degree of technical support and quality control for Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) from the national or regional level varies significantly across Europe.For example, a few advanced countries have...

Level up your SUMP! Capacity building for sustainable urban mobility planning straight to your desk

12.10.2018 - 11:50
Are you a mobility practitioner, working in a city administration, a NGO, company or at a research institution? Are you interested in sustainable urban mobility planning or already experienced with SUMPs? In any case, this is for you: The SUMPs-Up project offers a series of free webinars and e-courses for mobility practitioners, starting this autumn 2018! From “How to initiate an SUMP” to how to elaborate the plan, select measures and organize implamentation – you can choose the topics...

Water management, climate adaptation and urban mobility – new projects are starting soon!

12.10.2018 - 10:41
During the past weeks and months, we received good news: three new projects will start! One will be led by UBC SCC, in the two others we are involved as a partner. Platform on Integrated Water Cooperation - BSR WATER The project brings together knowledge and innovation potential on a transnational basis. The aim is to continue cross-sectoral cooperation in smart water management providing a possibility for transnational experience exchange, sharing of good practices and solutions, as well as...

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