News archive of the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission

Växjö - the European Green Leaf 2018!

05.06.2017 - 11:56
Our warmest congratulations to our member city Växjö, Sweden for being awarded the European Green Leaf 2018 award jointly with the Belgian city of Leuven. Read the official announcement of the winners.

UBC cities as finalists in European environment awards

31.05.2017 - 11:34
The winners of the European Green Capital and Green Leaf will be announced  in an Awards Ceremony on 2nd of June 2017 in Essen, Germany - the current European Green Capital! We in the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission are proud to present the following UBC cities as finalists: European Green Capital 2019 Ghent (Belgium) Lahti (Finland) Lisbon (Portugal) Oslo (Norway) Tallinn (Estonia) European Green Leaf 2018 Leuven  (Belgium) Ludgwigsburg (Germany) Växjö (Sweden) Congratulations to Lahti,...

Resource Wisdom and Biosphere areas in UBC cities - webstreaming on 17-18 May on Youtube!!

16.05.2017 - 12:15
Dear colleague from UBC city, did obstacles and work-related hurries deny you the visit to Jyväskylä for the "Resource Wisdom and Biosphere areas in UBC cities" event? Here is your chance to enjoy the some of the programme wherever you are and to learn from the experts from your fellow UBC cities from the Baltic Sea Region: 17 May 2017 - Resource Wisdom- related keynotes will be webstreamed from 13:00 until 15:30 (coffee break at 14:15) Afternoon Session I: RESOURCE WISE SOLUTIONS OF CITIES Mr...

REGISTER NOW! Baltic Urban Lab Workshop II - Brownfield regeneration site planning improved with 3D visualization and interactive public participation tools

04.05.2017 - 07:48
Urban planners from UBC cities are invited to learn from practical examples of 3D visualization and use of interactive participation tools in urban planning in Baltic Urban Lab Workshop II.    To be able to plan a good city for all users, involvement of public and different stakeholder has become more and more important in urban planning. Technical development and introduction of new digital tools has brought new possibilities to the development of interactive participation tools in the field...

Apply now to receive support in preparing Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan! - Deadline Extended!

24.04.2017 - 10:56
Is your city a small or medium-sized city that wants to prepare a tailor-made SUMP? Your city is more advanced and you want to take part in the uptake of SUMPs in European cities? The CIVITAS SUMPs-Up project is launching its first call for applications to join its Innovation Pilot Pool (IPP), a selected group of transport and urban mobility planning practitioners who will develop innovative tools and services to help SUMP development in European cities. This is a great opportunity for UBC...

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...