UBC Sustainability eBulletin 2/2015

A new step on our UBC Sustainability stairway!

Dear reader,

our new UBC Sustainable Cities Commission is formed out of the former Commissions on Environment, Energy and Transport, and we have approximately 65 contact persons in the UBC member cities. The UBC Commission has re-organized itself and appointed co-chairs and an advisory board with members from almost every UBC country. This means that we have many new colleagues to work with in our member cities. You are all welcomed into the work and cooperation!

The concrete work has started already and currently the Sustainable Cities Commission is involved in more than 15 project concepts that engange 24 UBC cities, some of the cities taking part in several project concepts. With the new start for the Sustainable Cities Commission we have been elaborating new types of project ideas and applications  focusing on integrated waste water and energy production, storm water and city planning, sustainable urban mobility, development of brownfields into smart city districts and energy efficiency in public buildings just to mention some of the topics.

As we have new city contacts and new project concepts to work on with we also have some new recruitments in our secretariat: Ms Laura Sarlin will assist us with graphical design, Mr Ralph de Jong, an urban planner is joining our urban mobility projects and Mr Janne Rinne will support our smart city districts and smart electromobility projects.
In case our other project applications will be successful we will continue to recruit more experts to our secretariat´s team.

The EU Urban Agenda is taking some more steps forward this and next year with a strong focus on “Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive City development”. It is most important for our UBC member cities to follow and be involved in the development steps of the EU Urban Agenda. This is a call for stronger Urban development and a good way to proceed is to strengthen the communication on the EU Urban Agenda issues between our cities.

Stay in touch!

Björn Grönholm and the Secretariat

19.11.2015 (All day)

We warmly invite all of you member cities to come and meet us at the XIII UBC General Conference from 27-30 October in Gdynia, Poland!

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We are happy to welcome three new colleagues to our international team to work on ongoing and upcoming projects!

Maija Rusanen is now on maternity leave and returns 2016.

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After a busy spring and summer with a lot of project applications we enter this autumn with excitement:
Just last week we received the approval for two project proposals for funding under the Central Baltic Programme!

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In the CIVITAS DYN@MO project there were two highlights celebrated recently: with the launch of two electric mini-buses the City of Koprivnica is proud to be the first city in Croatia with zero CO2 public transport. It can be even prouder as the city didn’t have any public transportation yet at the start of DYN@MO and now it's planned that the usage of electric buses will be integrated into the regional public transport scheme.

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  • The CH4LLENGE project is slowly going towards its end in March 2016. Currently we are busy planning and organizing the final outputs: four comprehensive CH4LLENGE kits, including a manual, quick fact brochure and online learning module for each of the four challenges in sustainable urban mobility planning: participation, cooperation, measure selection and monitoring& evaluation.
    These kits will be published in the beginning of 2016 and will be available for all cities on the CH4LLENGE website!
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On the request of the City of Malmö the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission  together with several UBC cities is developing a concept of “Circular Economy in the Baltic Sea region”. City of Malmö has received some funding for planning a large scale project application. The work started during the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission meeting 3 – 4 June in Turku and will continue during the autumn 2015 with consultation and a working meeting during the UBC General Conference  27 – 30 October in Gdynia Poland.

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The toolkit was produced during the MATRUSCHKA project and is a general and comprehensive guide to stakeholder involvement for local authorities, including planning tools and different proven methods to engage your different groups of stakeholders.

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As you know, a lot is happening at the moment and it´s possible for our member cities to still get involved in certain projects!

The “Circular Economy in the BSR” project is still under development and we are happy to receive your ideas and feedback on the plan so far, please contact Björn Grönholm for more info!

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The deadline for contributions for the next print version of the UBC Sustainability Bulletin is Friday, September 25th!

All member cities are welcome to contribute with your own good example and story on smart solutions, plans or visions!
If you have any questions and/or want to inform us about your contribution, please contact Esther Kreutz!

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