News archive of the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission

City of Jyväskylä in Finland bringing wise use of resources closer to its citizens’ daily life

05.04.2017 - 08:46
The constant depletion of natural resources, population growth and climate change will force societies around the world to embrace change. Sustainable lifestyles, energy efficiency and the re-cycling of materials from different products back into raw materials will reduce both costs and the burden on the environment. Local food, solar panels, smart transport, new services and future directions for cities - resource wisdom encompasses all of these. City of Jyväskylä actively promotes sustainable...

Urban planners of Baltic Urban Lab met up in Tallinn

15.03.2017 - 15:14
Urban planners from Sweden, Latvia, Finland and Estonia gathered to share experiences and create more sustainable and inclusive planning processes for brownfield regeneration. Cities of Riga, Turku, Norrköping and Tallinn presented their progress, challenges and best practices during the project meeting 1-3 March 2017. The first day was reserved for project related activities such as sharing best practices and uncovering the challenges that the cities face when implementing the brownfield...

iWater granted with EUSBSR Flagship status

24.02.2017 - 12:27
City of Söderhamn
iWater - Integrated Storm Water Management project (2015 – 2018) has been granted for the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region´s HA Climate Flagship Status. The flagship status is a recognition for the iWater´s work for transnational cooperation within urban planning and integrated storm water management. iWater project aims to improve the urban planning in the cities of the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) via developing integrated storm water management system. It brings together seven cities in the...

IWAMA Workshop in Boltenhagen

23.02.2017 - 14:49
IWAMA Workshop
The IWAMA project focuses on smart energy and sludge management, and raising the capacity of wastewater treatment operators. In its framework, the project features several workshops addressing the topics of resource efficiency on the plants. The first workshop was already organized in Lahti last year. This time, the 2nd International Capacity Development Workshop was held in Boltenhagen, Germany on 14–15 February 2017. The event took place in the picturesque resort on the Baltic Sea shore, and...

Join our Commission Meeting in Jyväskylä 16-18 May 2017!

20.02.2017 - 10:47
UBC Sustainable Cities Commission Meets in Jyväskylä - Resource Wisdom and Biosphere Regions in the Spotlight UBC Sustainable Cities Commission warmly invites you to its Commission Meeting in City of Jyväskylä on 16-18 May 2017.  The constant depletion of natural resources, population growth and climate change will force societies around the world to embrace change. Sustainable lifestyles, energy efficiency and the recycling of materials from different products back into raw materials will...

Take part in a SUMP survey!

09.02.2017 - 15:15
UBC member cities are invited to participate in online questionnaire about Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP). In order to better understand cities’ needs and barriers for developing and improving Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs), the SUMPs-UP project warmly invites you to fill out our online questionnaire. The survey is carried out by SUMPs-UP on behalf of three Research and Innovation Action projects funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 program that focus on...

SmartENCity Network invites city leaders to join efforts!

09.02.2017 - 10:57
Dear City Leader,The EU SmartEnCity Network has been created by five European cities to enable cities, on a non-profit basis, to learn from each other and the SmartEnCity project - and become European Smart City Frontrunners. Our focus is small and medium sized cities, as you don’t need to be a Capital City to become a city frontrunner. We assume your city is ambitious and already have filed a SEAP (Sustainable Energy Action Plan) to the EU Covenant of Mayors - and aim at growing quality of...

Participate in Vaasa Energy Week 20-24 March 2017

08.02.2017 - 15:04
Vaasa Energy Week 2017  will offer interesting events and forums for experts in both the public and private sector. The assortment of events and seminars is impressive - from Energy Business Forum to Cyber Security and Digitalization event, not forgetting the Wind Exchange and Solar and the Gas Exchange events. There will be something interesting for all branches of the energy sector! Most events are public and free to attend! Registration is already open, so be quick!  See the detailed...

Join the 2nd Baltic Urban Lab webinar!

21.12.2016 - 08:50
During the Baltic Urban Lab project a series of webinars is being organised. The second webinar's keynote speaker is Martin Westin. His introductory presentation's working title is Power and Conflict in Planning - Practical approaches to wicked problems. “Many of today´s societal challenges can be understood as wicked problems, i.e. problems that are contested, complex and ill-defined. To approach such problems planners need to involve a multitude of stakeholders and deal with power and...

Sustainable Cities Bulletin published

15.12.2016 - 14:10
The Christmas edition of the Sustainable Cities bulletin features greetings from our Head of Secretariat, Björn Grönholm, and the updates from our projects as well as two expert interviews.   Björn Grönholm's seasonal greetings Interview with Pirkko Melville from Jyväskylä Public-private-people partnerships in urban planning Implementing SDGs and Agenda 2030 in Trelleborg   Read the full bulletin here.

UBC has a central role in new CIVITAS project on sustainable mobility

13.12.2016 - 14:40
New CIVITAS project CIVITAS ECCENTRIC focuses on sustainable urban mobility in the areas that have been often forgotten in urban mobility projects - the suburbs - as well as test and develop new innovative freight logistics. Clean vehicles and fuels, regulations and services will be formulated and tested in cooperation with the private sector. The main living lab cities are Madrid as lead partner (Spain), Munich (Germany), Turku (Finland), Stockholm (Sweden) and Ruse (Bulgaria) alongside with...

Green Taurage – welcome to UBC!

13.12.2016 - 11:13
Tauragė municipality, located in the southwest of Lithuania, is the new member of the Union of the Baltic Cities. The Lithuanian region is proud of its green and ecological environment, having the cleanest air in the country and producing more power from renewable sources than it consumes. Development of Green sector in the city is a result of economic and demographic growth, as well as convenient geographical location: the territory is advantageous for wind-, solar- and hydro energy...

Public-private-people partnership - a new approach for urban planning

12.12.2016 - 14:40
Public–Private–People partnership (4P) is a new concept in urban planning, establishing innovative ways to improve the inclusion of various public sector actors, private actors, residents, NGOs and other civil-society actors in planning processes. The approach is a part of a wider transformation in the way that our cities are planned and governed whereby the importance of actors outside the public planning authorities is increasing in planning. The inclusion of variety of actors is seen by the...

Implementing SDG and Agenda 2030 in Trelleborg

12.12.2016 - 13:20
Dr Mikael Karlsson
Swedish town Trelleborg located on the Baltic Sea shore has been a member of the Union of the Baltic Cities since 2007. It has been active in developing a sustainable approach to economy, transportation, ecology and society – spheres fundamental to reaching the UN goals of 2030. Sustainability manager of the Trelleborg municipality Ms. Lina Wedin Hansson presents a local example of how to highlight the global sustainable development goals (SDG) in the context of sustainability awareness raising...