News archive of the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission

Plastics and the hidden threat to your health

29.04.2021 - 12:26
The NonHazCity Plastic Diet campaign is launched on 3 May to bring attention to the threats of plastic on our health. The project consortium includes many UBC Member Cities from local administrations and key environmental actors: Tallinn, Pärnu, Hamburg, Riga, Kaunas, Turku, St. Petersburg. NonHazCity Plastic Diet – Plastics and the Hidden Threat to your Health Plastics and the additives they contain are everywhere in our daily lives. They are in our homes, our workplaces, our clothes and our...

UBC TALKS discussed the cascading consequences of climate hazards and how to make cities more resilient

01.04.2021 - 14:20
Climate change is already here, and we have no other choice but to start preparing, adapting, and dealing with the consequences. The first UBC TALKS webinar of 2021 discussed climate hazards and how cities in the Baltic Sea Region can build resilience and was co-hosted with the Safe Cities Commission. The invited speakers provided us insights from their experiences from working with the CASCADE project, which aims to increase practical risk management capabilities of local authorities in the...

CDP Spring Webinars kick off in April

29.03.2021 - 09:28
CDP spring webinars will start in april
As the reporting period of 2021 is about to be kicked off soon, CDP has already published their schedule for the spring webinars to guide your city through the reporting process. As there are usually two or three time slots for you to register for, please note the precise date and time for the webinar. The registration links with the date and time can be found in the info box.  Getting started with the CDP and ICLEI Unified Reporting System   New to the CDP-ICLEI Unified Reporting System? Join...

EUCF’s second call for proposals is announced — get ready to apply!

08.03.2021 - 14:11
In the second EUCF round an even larger number of cities and municipalities will be selected to benefit from tailor-made support and access the grant of €60,000 to develop an investment concept - an initial step towards a fully-fledged business and financial plan. The call for applications will be open from 29 March to 31 May. More detailed information about the EUCF can be found on the initiative’s website, soon also the revised guidelines and eligibility criteria will be available. The EUCF...

Pathways to remove hazardous substances from wastewater

18.02.2021 - 11:55
PFAS (polyfluoroalkyl substances) are a man-made pollutants responsible for making products water- or stain-resistant, providing a non-sticking coating or being components of firefighting foams. PFAS substances are hazardous to human health and the environment as many of them are toxic, bio-accumulative and highly persistent in the environment. To address this issue, on 16 February 2021 we organized a workshop "Pathways to targeted PFAS removal – from policy to technology" to discuss the...

Interview with Risto Veivo, the new Climate Director in Turku

11.02.2021 - 09:47
Interview with Mr. Risto Veivo – the newly appointed Climate Director for the city of Turku and Co-chair of the Sustainable Cities Commission The city of Turku is one of the world’s leading climate cities, reaching the CDP Leadership A-list in 2019 and in 2020 and winning the European Covenant of Mayors Award for Best mid-sized Climate City in 2020. The main goal of Turku’s climate policy is a carbon neutral city area by 2029 and climate positive from there onwards and at the same time with...

Valmiera – a new member of Sustainable Cities Commission

10.02.2021 - 16:57
The UBC Sustainable Cities Commission is joined by a new member city from Latvia – Valmiera. Covering the area of 19,35 km2 and with its 24 967 inhabitants Valmiera is the 8th biggest city in Latvia and the administrative, educational, cultural and sports centre of the region. It is located in Northern Latvia, about 100 km from the capital Riga. The origins of the city go back to 1283 when the construction of the St. Simon’s Church began. Valmiera – the evergreen city Valmiera defined its...

Växjö a frontrunner towards climate neutrality

10.02.2021 - 16:55
Växjö is a municipality with almost 100,000 inhabitants located in the central south Sweden. Växjö has a long tradition of environmental excellence, built on a strong political consensus going back to the early 1970’s. At date Växjö has succeeded to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions per capita by almost 60% since 1993, while retaining fast growth in terms of population and economical prosperity. The success rests on numerous measures where the introduction of a bio-based district heating...

cities.multimodal webinars to change your way(s)

10.02.2021 - 15:32
In December 2020, the cities.multimodal project decided to launch a webinar series. The webinar series "CHANGE YOUR WAY(S) - Towards liveable cities in the Baltic Sea Region", has served as a way to reach out and promote the project results on distance. The webinars consist of presentations of partner activities and outcomes, as well as panel discussions on different mobility topics. The webinar series consists of four sessions, each devoted to a specific project theme. The first session...

Multimodal Baltic Sea Region cities – learn a lesson from our 10 partner cities

10.02.2021 - 15:08
Making Baltic Sea Region cities multimodal – that was the overall aim of our project when we started in 2017, together with 10 cities and 6 expert partners, and what a journey it has been! Our last year of implementation was of course overshadowed by the COVID pandemic and forced us to be very flexible and adaptive, but a 6 months prolongation helped us to implement almost everything that was planned initially. Now we are coming to a closure in March - time to reflect on what the project has...

Turku as a pioneer in smart mobility

10.02.2021 - 15:05
Turku is the first CIVITAS city in Finland and it has become an internationally noticed flagship city of sustainable solutions. To reach the aim of becoming carbon neutral by 2029, the transition to urban smart sustainable mobility is crucial – mobility in 2029 will consist primarily of walking, cycling, electric public transport and sharing of vehicles and citizens will look at mobility as a service. All these themes were part of the CIVITAS ECCENTRIC project funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020...

Kiel is the Winner of the German Sustainability Award 2021

10.02.2021 - 11:57
The year 2021 is all about sustainability for Kiel: the state capital Kiel has won the prize for the most sustainable German major city in 2021. The city of Kiel is committed to the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Cities and municipalities play a prominent role in the implementation of the SDGs. Our commitment to sustainability bears the motto: "For Kiel and the world: think globally, start locally". The jury honors the city of Kiel for its outstanding commitment in the...

The climate path leads towards concrete emissions reductions and climate actions in Turku

09.02.2021 - 15:09
City of Turku has an ambitious target to become carbon neutral by 2029. This requires cooperation between different actors in the region. A climate path will be developed for Topinpuisto circular economy hub in Turku with the goal of finding new, lower-emission and carbon-binding solutions together with the area’s companies. The goal of the ‘6Aika: ILPO – Climate Positive Business Parks and Value Chains’ project is to help companies find new, lower-emission and carbon-binding solutions and co-...

The City of Kemi plans an age-friendly neighbourhood

09.02.2021 - 14:32
The City of Kemi is planning an age and memory friendly neighbourhood. Among the goals of this process are supporting the well-being, activity and safety of the neighbourhood residents. We aim to capitalize on the features found in the residential environment as a promoter of well-being, while also providing social and health services in an innovative way. This will be done in accordance to the principles of sustainable development. The development of the neighbourhood complies with the...

Rostock Webinars: Sustainable and Green Cities

09.02.2021 - 14:02
The City of Rostock is pursuing the development of Rostock as a sustainable and green city. In order to achieve this goal, many mobility projects need to be implemented which include many stakeholders such as urban planners, environmentalists, tourism experts and others. We believe that only with the exchange of best practices with other European cities can we contribute to the achievements of sustainable goals. The pandemic situation, however, allows us only to meet online. This is why we...