News archive of the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission

IWAMA project results ready to boost efficiency in wastewater treatment plants around the Baltic Sea Region

29.05.2019 - 15:24
The global demand for water and energy in the cities is expanding due to population growth, urbanisation and rising standards of living. In the last century, water use has been increasing at more than twice the rate of the population growth. Thus, the pressure for municipalities to efficiently treat wastewater is greater than ever. For wastewater treatment plants, inability to operate efficiently can be extremely costly. The combination of ineffective process equipment, outdated management...

Smart water community in action

17.05.2019 - 13:41
Cities of the Baltic Sea Region have accumulated lots of knowledge and forerunner’s experience in the water sector, but how to access it? Transnational projects have developed manifold solutions to challenges in water management, but where to find them once these projects are over? HELCOM produces regional recommendations to be followed – but do they take into consideration your local situation? BSR WATER – platform on integrated water cooperation was launched last year to engage the water...

UBC cities continue as climate smart forerunners

03.05.2019 - 09:54
New report on UBC cities’ environmental data disclosure to CDP highlights increased interest in resilience and growing ambition in climate mitigation and adaptation among the cities. The newest report on climate change mitigation and adaptation actions that UBC cities are actively engaging in has been published. The report highlights the continuous climate smart approaches our forerunner cities are actively pursuing and the good practices they are sharing with other cities in the region as well...

Mikko Jokinen awarded for his life-long work for a cleaner sea

04.04.2019 - 14:55
Mikko Jokinen
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Östersjöfonden (the Baltic Sea Foundation), the delegation of the foundation has decided to award four persons who, through their extensive life work, have engaged in improving the Baltic Sea environment. Two of the awards came to Turku, as the former UBC board member, UBC Sustainable Cities Commission Chair and Environmental Manager of the City of Turku Mikko Jokinen and Professor of Marine Biology at the Åbo Akademi University Erik Bonsdorff got the award...

Sustainable development and international cooperation in St. Petersburg

27.03.2019 - 15:14
Last week, UBC Sustainable Cities Commission attended the XX anniversary of the annual international environmental forum “Baltic Sea Day” that was organized in St. Petersburg on 21–22 March 2019. More than 700 participants attended the forum from the countries of the Baltic Sea Region to exchange experiences and practices, propose solutions and discuss current and future cooperation. The Baltic Sea Day 2019 addressed sustainable development of the Baltic Sea emphasizing the importance of...

Cooperation with CDP reaches its third year!

27.03.2019 - 14:23
We are delighted to announce that our collaboration with CDP has reached its third year! Last year, we increased the number of UBC cities reporting to CDP from 20 to 28 - this year, we hope to raise that number even more and to help cities to answer the questionnaire with more detail to help our member cities receive maximum benefits from the benchmarking and scoring systems of CDP.  Save the dates - Timeline for 2019 disclosure: The CDP online reporting platform will launch for the 2019 cycle...

Tartu and Turku as city case examples in upcoming UBC webinar

21.03.2019 - 10:53
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...

CASCADE levels up climate change risk management and civil protection work in BSR

18.03.2019 - 14:04
CASCADE Kick off
New innovative project brings together civil protection specialists and climate change adaptation experts to fight the impacts of climate change. CASCADE targets the need to develop risk assessment methodologies tailor-made for the local level and putting them into practice for more resilient societies. CASCADE (Community Safety Action for Supporting Climate Adaptation and Development) project kicked off in Hamburg February 5.-7. The meeting was hosted by the Hamburg Fire and Rescue Services....

Peer reviews bring a new perspective on your everyday work

07.03.2019 - 12:01
Within the cities.multimodal project, the 10 city partners plan and implement a variety of different measures and activities – locally. But we would not be a project, founded by the Baltic Sea region programme, if not the aspect of cross-border cooperation and learning, exchange and joint collaboration would be at the core of our project! Learning from colleagues from other cities and even from other countries gives a very valuable input to everyday work in a municipality. It brings a new...

Capacity development for sustainable urban mobility planning straight to your desk!

07.03.2019 - 10:10
The SUMPs-Up project offers free webinars and e-courses about different aspects in sustainable urban mobility planning for all interested cities and individuals across Europe! Get up-to-date input from experts and practical examples from experienced cities in our webinar series! The next webinar on “Measure selection for SUMPs” will happen on March 20th 10-11.30 CET, you can register HERE. Previous recordings and materials about “Tools for initiating SUMPs”  and “Data collection for SUMP” are...

City Sounds: St. Petersburg - towards sustainable development via raising public awareness

07.03.2019 - 09:23
In recent years the environmental issues in general and environmental education (the so-called informal environmental education) issues in particular are given more and more attention in the Russian Federation. To systematize the environmental education activities in St. Petersburg, in 2018 the City’s Committee for Nature Use, Environmental Protection and Ecological Safety (Committee for Environmental Protection) has developed the Concept of Continuous Environmental Education in St. Petersburg...

We are looking for a trainee - apply now!

04.03.2019 - 16:46
woman looking at the sea thru telescope
UBC Sustainable Cities Commission Secretariat in Turku is seeking a trainee for a duration of three months, starting in April 2019. The trainee will be working as a member of our international team and working with versatile and interesting tasks related to communication, event planning, networking activities and more. Working language at our office is English. Trainees responsibilities include:• various tasks related to our on-going sustainable development projects• planning events (such as...

CIVITAS ECCENTRIC cities reveal innovative mobility measures – 50 fact sheets published

04.03.2019 - 16:24
Föli bikes in summery Turku
In CIVITAS ECCENTRIC, partner cities Madrid, Stockholm, Munich, Ruse and Turku have recently had many parallel activities as they have focused on implementation reports, fact sheets, peer review process and also on evaluation of measures. The cities’ hard work has paid off as most of the deliverables are done and the documents can now be used for example for replication actions. All the fact sheets and other public deliverables from the project are available at

Smart wastewater sector: current trends and looking into the future

28.02.2019 - 14:26
In the end of January 2019 the IWAMA project oriented at improving smart wastewater treatment in the Baltic Sea Region organized its Final Conference. The event took place in Turku, hosted by the city together with our Commission. The conference brought together more than 100 participants to discuss the wastewater sector and how to make it smart and efficient. The Final Conference continued for three days, starting with the site visit to the local wastewater treatment plant based in the solid...

CIVITAS ECCENTRIC will host its first thematic webinar in March 2019

18.02.2019 - 13:31
The CIVITAS ECCENTRIC project will be kickstarting its thematic webinar series next month with the first webinar focusing on vulnerable groups and gender issues in sustainable urban mobility planning.  The webinar will present examples from different cases, for example, UBC member city Umeå will share their experiences regarding how a city can create pleasant and safe public places and mobility for women.  The main case comes from the CIVITAS ECCENTRIC's living lab Vallecas in the City of...