Sustainable Cities Bulletin 1/2020

Dear UBC colleagues,

We hope that you had a refreshing end to 2019 and are now ready to take on whatever challenges and opportunities the year 2020 will bring.

It’s a new decade and time to renew ourselves and reactivate our UBC network. The most important element of our network is our members: the cities and municipalities around the Baltic Sea Region. We want to engage you and your city in new ways of meeting and cooperating as well as sharing good experiences and practices.

We will launch a call for interest to host a UBC SCC event in your city! The event formats offered are: 

  • Improve your city – Thematic meeting 
  • Showcase your city – Study visit 
  • Influence the Baltic Sea Region – Networking meeting

The UBC SCC takes care of the planning and facilitation as well as the promotion of the event to other UBC member cities. What your city needs to do at this moment is simply to:

  • Evaluate your needs and wishes
  • Think about what kind of event you would like to organize and when it would take place

The call will open at the beginning of March 2020! Stay tuned! 

We have also launched the UBC TALKS webinar series to offer a platform for our member cities to showcase their best practices, share news and address common challenges (more information below). Furthermore, we are inviting all member cities to register their already existing or new marine litter-related events/activities – read more about the Marine Litter Campaign: 20 in 2020 in the news section! 

Looking forward to a new decade of successful and inspirational cooperation with all of you!

 

Björn Grönholm                                               
Head of Secretariat                                        
Union of the Baltic Cities – Sustainable Cities Commission
 

03.06.2020 (All day)
16.06.2020 (All day)
Banner meeting formats

It’s a new decade and time to renew ourselves and reactivate our UBC network. The most important element of our network is our members: the cities and municipalities around the Baltic Sea Region. We want to engage you and your city in new ways of meeting and cooperating. Hereby we are launching a call for interest to host a UBC SCC event in your city!

plastic bottle on the shore

Does your city organise a campaign for tackling the marine litter issues? Join 20 cities campaign, and we will be promoting your initiative!

Picture from Växjö's DIACCESS project

Växjö is participating in the DIACCESS (Digital Acceleration for Medium Sized Sustainable Cities​) project that aims on bringing together municipal services with digital innovators to jointly and in close cooperation with citizens and end-users develop highly effective and relevant digital solutions to meet societal challenges.

Certificate and golden broom

A year has gone by since municipality of Kemi did something different, something that no other Finnish Mainland municipality has done. They got an environmental certificate ISO 14001:2015.

Vehicles in Linköping

A new mobility service will be launched in the City of Linköping. Eight stakeholders will collaborate to build a user friendly digital platform which aims to increase the use of sustainable mobility services and make Linköping the first municipality in Sweden to develop a city-wide MaaS-operation,

SDG impact assessment tool of Turku and Helsinki in Baltic Sea Challenge

The Baltic Sea Challenge is a network initiative that invites organisations to commit in protecting the Baltic Sea and their local waters, to building their own Baltic Sea Action Plan and to implementing it.

Children in Karlskrona learning about mobility

As part of their Mobility Management efforts in the cities.multimodal project, Karlskrona has carried out the first part of their pilot campaign directed towards the mobility of children.

Pupils from Tartu

Involving citizens in the development and planning of multimodal city quarters is crucial for achieving a high level of well-being in a city. In the cities.multimodal project the partner cities are testing different kinds of citizen involvement methods targeting a wide range of citizens.

Biogas bus in Jyväskylä

The city’s commitment to using biogas is perhaps the most high profile aspect of the shift towards greater sustainability. A renewable, local and emission-free source of energy, biogas links everyone within the local authority area with the circular economy. The biogas “ecosystem” has been developed in collaboration with a wide range of partner organisations.

NonHazCity project logo with an drawing of a hand and project name

UBC member cities of Riga (Latvia), Pärnu (Estonia) and Gdansk (Poland) are participating in an interesting project that aims to minimise the emissions of hazardous substances from the urban areas in our region.

rain garden

Findings from the stormwater management survey and interviews, city progress with improvements, needs and development prospects, and how HELCOM revises the Recommendation 23/5 on stormwater systems.

Webinar in action, people behind computers giving presentations

The first HUPMOBILE webinar was held on 18 December 2019 as a part of the project activities at the project meeting that took place in the premises of KTH in Södertälje, Sweden. The whole webinar was recorded and is now available for everyone!

cargo biking in Turku

The five CIVITAS ECCENTRIC partner cities Madrid, Stockholm, Munich, Ruse and Turku are preparing to proudly present the project’s outcomes and results of over 50 measures and the lessons learned from four years’ experience. In addition to final publications, series of videos and some creative art projects, also last minute measures are being carried out, such as the car sharing pilot, e-mobility plan and cycling barometer in the ECCENTRIC city of Turku. 

The upcoming mid-term e-publication summarizes the findings and results of the project so far. It serves as an example of an innovative way to respond to the challenges related to climate change via a cross-sectorial approach.

plastic bottle on the shore

What does it take to organize a perfect campaign and how to involve citizens? Here are 5 tips for organizing the events from Rostock, Saint Petersburg, Tallinn and Turku!