News archive of the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission

The role of municipalities in the region

28.03.2018 - 11:27
Baltic Sea Day
The 19th International Environmental Forum “Baltic Sea Day” was held last week in St. Petersburg, Russia. Around 500 participants gathered on 22–23 March to discuss the environmental state of the sea and local and regional solutions to improving it. The organization of the forum is supported by HELCOM. During the plenary session, speakers emphasized the need of introducing innovations in the existing environmental systems and having a strategic approach to the occurring ecological problems....

SUMPs-Up call for cities to join next round of its learning programme

12.03.2018 - 13:41
Does your city want support in developing a package of measures for a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP)? Do you want to learn more about the processes behind doing so? Then apply to join the next round of the SUMP Learning Programme (SLP) from CIVITAS SUMPs-Up! Up to 40 planning authorities have the chance to participate in SLP 3 and 4, which start in September and December 2018 respectively. Together, these two groups of mobility practitioners will form the second Expert Group of SUMP...

UBC cities invited to join Urban Planning Webinar

08.03.2018 - 10:01
Cities in the Baltic Sea Region are dealing with similar challenges when it comes to urban planning and development. How to apply more integrated approach to the development of urban environment? How to involve all necessary parties in the planning process and how to promote sustainable urban development? Many of our projects are directly dealing with these questions. And this is why UBC Sustainable Cities Commission is hosting a webinar open to all UBC cities and other experts to share...

Sustainable Cities Bulletin published - focus on smart cooperation

23.02.2018 - 13:32
2018 has been kicked off in a busy manner - with project meetings and workshops in different cities of the Baltic Sea Region. From these activities - the importance of cooperation emerged. And not just cooperation, but smart cooperation.  Read more about the news from the field and a list of events that will be taking place in near future here. 

Turku: Peer reviewed by Baltic Urban Lab partner cities

23.02.2018 - 08:34
City of Turku held Baltic Urban Lab’s Joint City Pilot Review meeting in the recently opened Visitor and Innovation Center Joki on Tuesday, 13 February 2018. The event was organized as a part of Baltic Urban Lab project activities and attendees came from partnering cities Tallinn, Norrköping and Turku as well as University of Turku, Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC) Sustainable Cities Commission, INTERREG Central Baltic Programme and Nordregio. –We had the pleasure of hosting the Pilot Review...

Meet the new Advisory Board and the new co-chair

22.02.2018 - 13:36
The new Advisory Board was elected during the XIV UBC General Conference in Växjö back in October 2017. The Advisory Board consists of 12 experts from our member cities. The role of the Advisory Board is to support UBC Sustainable Cities Commission and the secretariat in its actions by bringing national and theme related expertise and recommendations in project related activities.The Advisory Board supports the Commission also in finding important themes and topics for the Sustainable Cities...

Do you want to learn more about Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning?

22.02.2018 - 10:02
Join the Baltic Sea Region Workshop on SUMPs (Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan) organized by the European SUMPs-Up project in cooperation with the City of Tampere, MAL network and UBC Sustainable Cities Commission (15 March 2018). The workshop facilitates discussion and exchange of experiences on different challenges and solutions within the field of sustainable urban mobility planning. The event is targeted to experts and planners in local administrations and organizations working with mobility...

It's the year of multimodality in Europe!

22.02.2018 - 08:26
Walking to the railway station on your way to work, then taking a shared bike to your workplace. In the afternoon you might catch the tram to the city center to meet a friend and then a bus home in the evening. Multimodality describes the useage of different modes of transport during the same journey. This concept is used for both passenger transport and freight transport and in both cases -  it is now driven by the trends of digitalization. Furthermore, EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc...

Rostock: Together Towards Tomorrow

20.02.2018 - 14:39
by Janes von Moers The Hanseatic city of Rostock is part of the national ‘Masterplan 100 % climate change mitigation’-program intended to develop solutions and know-how on climate change mitigation that can be transferred to other communities in Germany. Its main objective is to reduce carbon emissions by working with industry, administration and citizens. Additionally an emphasis has been put on strengthening inclusive, participatory decision making processes. Complementary the citizen council...

Disseminating smart water competence

20.02.2018 - 14:02
Cooperating with all countries of the Baltic Sea catchment area is crucial for improving the environmental state of the region. The importance of such cooperation is recognized both by the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission and Council of the Baltic Sea States, which in December 2017 has led to launching a project, in which UBC SCC can involve Belarussian water experts in the Baltic Sea Region activities. Disseminating Smart Water Competence is a project aiming at raising awareness about the...

Smart sludge handling in the Baltic Sea Region

14.02.2018 - 15:49
The project IWAMA led by the UBC SCC continues its work on improving the resource efficiency in the wastewater treatment sector of the Baltic Sea Region. With altogether six international workshops planned in its scope, on 8–9 February 2018 in Tartu, Estonia, IWAMA organized its fourth event focused on Smart Sludge Management. The workshop brought together more than 95 participants representing regional organizations, national ministries, universities and local practitioners to discuss sludge...

UBC kicks off second year of cooperation with world´s leading climate reporting organisation CDP

05.02.2018 - 15:54
CDP, the global climate change disclosure non-profit organisation, and the leading city network in the Baltic Sea Region, the Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC), agreed on a two-year MoU to increase the number of Baltic Sea Region cities using systematic reporting of their climate change related actions. After the first year of cooperation UBC more than doubled the number of member cities using the platform and the goal for 2018 is to get up to 50 UBC cities involved. Climate change has led to a...

Join Baltic Sea Region SUMP workshop in Tampere

26.01.2018 - 11:10
Missing some know-how on how to create a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) in you city?  The best way to learn more and to exchange hands-on experiences with your colleagues from fellow UBC cities is to join the Baltic Sea Region SUMP workshop that will be arranged on March 15, 2018 in Tampere, Finland. The workshop will be organized by the European SUMPs-Up project in cooperation with the City of Tampere, MAL network and our Commission - aiming to evoke and facilitate discussion and the...

Tools for urban climate adaptation

05.12.2017 - 13:51
Training cities in climate change adaptation is crucial in the light of high risks posed by the climate change in the Baltic Sea Region. In the end of November, three workshops were organized in the region in cooperation with organizations SIWI and Baltic Development Forum to answer the needs of addressing risk-assessment methodologies and existing measures of adaptation. One of the workshops from this series was organized in the city of Turku, Finland, on 29 November 2017. During the event,...