News archive of the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission

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:  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...

How to make your citizens forget their cars? cities.multimodal supports cities in testing different measures for developing multimodal pilot areas

12.10.2018 - 10:16
The cities.multimodal city partners are testing different kind of measures for increasing multimodality and for changing mobility behavior in their pilot areas. The first year of preparation has passed and the cities are moving on to the implementation stage: some cities are building and improving multimodal mobility points, e.g.  bicycle parking in connection to a railway station  or transport hub, others are planning mobility management measures with schools, kindergartens and companies. The...

Commission Meeting in Klaipeda brought together mobility experts

12.10.2018 - 10:08
In mid-September the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission gathered in the Baltic Sea coast city Klaipeda, Lithuania for the annual commission meeting! This year’s meeting on sustainable urban mobility gathered representatives from 16 different UBC cities. The successful two-day meeting was launched by a welcome speech by Deputy Mayor Mrs Judita Simonavičiūtė, the following program of the agenda was presentations regarding Klaipeda’s current mobility situation. First up was Mr Tadas Jonauskis who...

UBC cities continue as transparent climate leaders in the Baltic Sea Region

12.10.2018 - 09:47
Back in 2016, UBC and CDP agreed upon collaboration between the two organizations with the first cooperation activities taking place in spring 2017. As a result, UBC doubled the number of cities reporting to CDP from 6 to 20. This year, the number of the cities disclosing to CDP grew to 28 in despite of the busiest holiday season. UBC and CDP aim to increase the number of Baltic Sea Region cities using systematic reporting of their climate change related actions and UBC’s role in the...

Urban brownfields were seen as opportunities during the Final Conference of Baltic Urban Lab project

11.10.2018 - 09:53
Baltic Urban Lab Final Conference on ”Dealing with the Past & Planning for the Future – turning urban brownfields into possibilities” was held 6-7 September 2018 in Riga, Latvia. The Final Conference of Baltic Urban Lab project brought together more than 60 urban planners, soil remediation experts, architects and other interested parties from Latvia, Sweden, Estonia, Lithuania and Finland to explore the lessons learned from the project and by four piloting cities - Tallinn (Estonia), Turku...

UBC Urban Planning Webinar returns on 25 October 2018!

03.10.2018 - 10:55
UBC Sustainable Cities Commission will be continuing with the UBC webinar series, this time returning with the topic of urban planning and more specifically, the tools that have been developed in the two cross-border cooperation projects - iWater and Baltic Urban Lab - in which UBC Sustainable Cities Commission has had a leading role.  The webinars are a great opportunity for experts from all UBC member cities to join in the discussions and do some networking online besides getting new...

Improving maintenance and raising personal motivation at the modern wastewater treatment plant

28.09.2018 - 11:10
IWAMA Workshop in Gdansk
The IWAMA project focuses on improving resource efficiency of wastewater management, and one side of this process is capacity development of personnel employed at the wastewater treatment facilities. Throughout the project duration, IWAMA has organized six extensive workshops, each focusing on a particular topic recognized by the partners as essential for the continuous process of capacity building. The project covered subjects of energy consumption and production, sludge handling, reduction of...

The Commission meeting report and presentations are now available

26.09.2018 - 14:43
The report and all the presentations from the Commission meeting held in Klaipeda 13-14.9.2018 can now be found here!

ESPON Transnational Outreach events in Nordic area in October (Växjö and Tallinn)

26.09.2018 - 11:09
ERRIN and Inova+ are supporting ESPON (working closely with Vassilen Iotsov) in organising a series of transnational outreach events across Europe.  On October 2nd 2018 in Växjö, the seminar will examine Economic development in rural regions – new thinking and policies in finding and exploiting endogenous capacities   This seminar (in English) will take examine the challenges of Kronoberg County and then call on rural development experts to outline recent thinking in...

Benchmarking BSR performance in wastewater treatment

06.09.2018 - 13:40
Smart, effective, high-quality, energy efficient – every wastewater treatment plant is interested in achieving these standards in their performance. Every plant also recognizes the wide range of factors that influence figures and that should be considered to raise the quality of water treatment to the exceptional level. Among them, different legal requirements in countries, diverse restrictions regarding effluent values, age of infrastructure, availability of finances… But what else? The IWAMA...

1st cities.multimodal newsletter launched!

21.08.2018 - 17:20
Are you interested in how cities are supporting their citizens in making sustainable mobility choices? Or how the use of multiple mobility modes in commuting and moving around the city can be improved?10 cities around the Baltic Sea are doing just that - they work towards a more sustainable urban mobility culture. Instead of owning and using individual cars, a veriety of alternative modes is promoted - car-sharing, e-mobility, public transport and not least of course also (e-)biking and walking...

CIVITAS ECCENTRIC workshop: replicating sustainable urban mobility measures

17.08.2018 - 11:15
The CIVITAS ECCENTRIC project is holding a workshop from 17-18 September in Stockholm, Sweden, that will give participants insight into the innovative work being undertaken in its five project cities. Together with Ruse (Bulgaria), Madrid (Spain), Turku (Finland), Munich (Germany), and Stockholm (Sweden), CIVITAS ECCENTRIC works on solutions for low-/zero-emission urban freight logistics and bringing sustainable urban mobility to suburban districts. City representatives are invited to come the...

Invitation join Baltic Urban Lab webinar on 23.8.2018

16.08.2018 - 08:52
UBC cities have been invited to join Baltic Urban Lab project's last webinar on the use of digital tools in participatory urban planning. The webinar will be held on Thursday, 23 August 2018, at 12:00 Central European Time (CET). Participation is free of charge and the webinar's language is English.  Read more about the upcoming webinar and register here!