News archive of the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission

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
Taurage
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...

Interview with Pirkko Melville from the city of Jyväskylä

09.12.2016 - 08:59
The next UBC Sustainable Cities Commission Meeting will be taking place in Jyväskylä, Finland on 16 - 18 May 2017 with the thematic focus on resource wisdom and circular economy. Therefore, we have conducted an interview with a sustainability expert from the City of Jyväskylä – R&D Manager, Strategy and Urban Development Ms. Pirkko Melville. We interviewed Ms. Pirkko Melville for concrete examples and insights regarding resource wisdom, as well as motivation for the cities to join our...

The newest issue of UBC Sustainability Bulletin has been published online!

05.10.2016 - 10:58
The third issue of UBC Sustainability Bulletin has been published online. The bulletin has acquired a fresh new layout - have look here - as it was sent to the UBC contact persons from our member cities. The Sustainable Cities Bulletin will remain issued four times throughout a year in the form of these letters. As before, it will include articles about life and work of the UBC Commissions and the UBC member cities, updates on the projects of the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission, and a range...

Interview with Mr. Niels-Peter Mohr from UBC Planning Cities

03.10.2016 - 11:41
Aarhus
Mr. Niels-Peter Mohr is a Head of Strategic Planning in the municipality of Aarhus, Denmark. On the regional level, Mr. Mohr is a chairman of the UBC Planning Cities Commission. The matters of urban planning are rather relevant for the work of the Sustainable Cities, especially for several projects that are currently being developed in the Secretariat. Therefore, we decided to take a short interview with Mr. Niels-Peter Mohr to let you know more about the work of the Planning Cities Commission...

Developing successful urban planning on storm water management

03.10.2016 - 11:26
iWater event
Developing successful urban planning on storm water management Methods, practices and cities know-how on storm water management vary in the Baltic Sea region. iWater project aims at promoting basic elements of the storm water management and its methods in the area. Therefore, seven partner cities of iWater – Riga, Jelgava, Tartu, Turku, Helsinki, Gävle and Söderhalmn – will gain meaningful input when they hear the most resent information on the field of storm water management in order to...

The UBC SCC Commission Meeting

03.10.2016 - 10:13
How does smart urban planning correlate with nature reserves and how can it influence storm water management? The discussion on urban development solutions in the framework of two projects will take place on the upcoming Commission Meeting of the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission in the City of Jelgava, Latvia on 12-14 October 2016. One of the projects on the meeting’s agenda is NATURA 2000 initiative that focuses on protection and development of the most valuable and threatened nature sites in...

IWAMA Capacity Development Workshop in Lahti

03.10.2016 - 09:19
IWAMA Lahti workshop
The International Water Management (IWAMA) project aims at developing resource efficiency in the wastewater treatment sphere. It concentrates particularly on the challenges of making municipal WWT sector more energy efficient and developing sludge management adequately. Earlier in autumn, IWAMA organized the first workshop among the events planned for the project’s lifetime. The 1st International Capacity Development Workshop took place in Lahti, Finland, on 20-21 September 2016. The event was...

First Project meeting of Baltic Urban Lab kicks-off stakeholder engagement activities in the pilot cities

03.10.2016 - 09:04
Baltic Urban Lab
Baltic Urban Lab is one of the major projects coordinated by the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission. It is co-funded by the INTERREG Central Baltic Programme and will be implemented from October 2015 until the end of 2018. The project aims at improving urban planning in brownfield regeneration to help cities revitalize urban space. New methods for integrated planning and partnership models are tested in four cities of the region: Norrköping, Riga, Tallinn and Turku. The project conducted its...

UBC Sustainability eBulletin 2/2016 published!

23.06.2016 - 13:51
The new UBC Sustainability eBulletin has been published! Read the newest issue here!

Invitation: European Green Leaf Award 2018 - Online workshop for applicant cities

07.06.2016 - 12:43
The European Commission’s DG Environment organises an online workshop for cities that are interested in applying for the European Green Leaf. In case your municipality would you like to submit its application,  you are invited to attend on Monday 13 June 2016 10.00-13.00 CET.   London 09:00 Brussels 10:00 Athens 11:00 https://webcast.ec.europa.eu/european-green-leaf-2018-applicants-workshop   European Green Leaf The European Green Leaf recognises towns and cities that demonstrate a strong...

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