News archive of the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission

A forest in the city – a place for active recreation

07.12.2021 - 15:34
Skate park in Valmiera
Walking down Riga Street in Valmiera, a rather unusual picture appears before your eyes, as you suddenly find yourself at eye level with the treetops. Take a closer look and you’ll get a bird’s eye view on a beautiful forest containing an amazing new site for active recreation, open to everyone. The new sports and active recreation park, the Forest, occupies a city centre location at 43A Riga Street, site of the existing Valmiera skate park. The site is situated on the busiest street in the...

Energy positive Student Village in Turku

07.12.2021 - 14:55
Student Village in Turku
City of Turku is well on its path to achieving carbon neutrality by 2029. Last year, the city became the Lighthouse city in the project RESPONSE, where it implements a complex set of activities including the development of Positive Energy Districts. Project RESPONSE aims to improve the quality of life and to mitigate the impacts of climate change by creating resilient and safe cities with the help of integrated solutions. One of the pilot areas of the project is the Student Village in Turku...

Taurage: STEAM education for renewable energy

07.12.2021 - 14:32
October 2021 marks the opening of STEAM educational center in Tauragė. Overall, 10 STEAM centers will be launched in Lithuania – one in each region. The Tauragė's STEAM center is the only one with a lab specializing in renewable energy, thus, contributing to the regional efforts to advance in renewable energy technologies. Students will practically learn about renewable energy, its importance, how different types of renewable energy function and will be encouraged to experiment themselves. In...

Resource intelligence in City of Kemi, Finland

07.12.2021 - 14:08
In Finland, allotment gardens have gained popularity that enhance the cityscape. This process can be observed especially in larger cities, but nowadays it is also shown in smaller cities as well. One of the reasons for this is that people are concerned for the well-being of the environment. Other factors which make people more aware are trends of locally produced food, urban agriculture, and local tourism. Many cities are currently planning new allotment gardens and that is why City of Kemi...

From a model city of socialist urbanization to a sustainable city Rostock NW 2035+

07.12.2021 - 13:25
Workshop in quarter community centre
From September 26 to 29, 2021, Union of the Baltic Cities - Planning Cities Commission in cooperation with the city of Rostock held the annual Seminar in the district center "House 12" in Schmarl. The collaboration was done in small interdisciplinary working groups, a good mix of colleagues from Rostock and their guests, with over 20 urban development experts from 10 UBC Member Cities. The topic of the Seminar was “From a model city of socialist urbanization to a sustainable city Rostock NW...

City of Jyväskylä is testing citizens’ ideas on circular economy

07.12.2021 - 12:53
City of Jyväskylä enhances resource wisdom and circular economy of everyday life with short and agile experiments. These experiments are part of the nationwide CIRCWASTE – towards circular economy in Finland -project. CIRCWASTE project promotes efficient use of material flows, waste prevention and new waste and resource management concepts. It is funded from the EU Life IP programme and lasts for seven years (2016-2023). The goal of the experiments in Jyväskylä is to seek new, innovative ideas...

Greifswald was honored with the European Energy Award (eea)

03.12.2021 - 14:01
Awards event in Greifswald town hall
On August 6th, 2021 Greifswald received the European Energy Award in the presence of the state minister for energy, infrastructure and digitalisation. The eea for short, is a European quality certificate for the sustainability of the energy and climate protection policies of municipalities. The eea sees itself as an implementation-oriented instrument. The certification process is based on a quality management system with which the relevant activities of the municipality are recorded, assessed,...

UBC Sustainable Cities Commission enters 2022 equipped with the new strategic framework

03.12.2021 - 13:51
River in Gdansk
UBC Strategic framework Despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the end of the 2021 has been very active for the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission due to several important milestones. Firstly, on 29 October 2021, the new UBC Strategy 2022 – 2030 was adopted at the XVI UBC General Conference after a year-long preparatory phase, and our Commission was strongly involved in the process of development of the Strategy together with the Task Forces, Working Groups, UBC Commissions, Brussels Antenna,...

Agnieszka Ilola – new Acting Head of Secretariat of the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission

03.12.2021 - 13:25
Agnieszka Ilola
Agnieszka Ilola has been nominated the new Acting Head of the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission Secretariat from 19 October 2021. She has been working at the Commission as a project coordinator for over 15 years and before the nomination she was involved in development, coordination and implementation of international projects focusing on various aspects of sustainability, in particular integrated urban water management, Baltic Sea and marine environment protection, climate change adaptation,...

Invitation to join Green City Accord initiative

03.12.2021 - 13:00
Green City Accord banner
The UBC Sustainable Cities Commission warmly invites UBC member cities to join the Green City Accord and showcase their leadership in accelerating environmental performance! While the EU’s policies over the years have led to significant progress in improving the environment, and in raising standards across the EU Member States, many environmental challenges still prevail. With more than 70% of the EU’s population currently living in urban areas, cities are critical to meeting the EU's...

7 UBC Member cities among 95 climate leaders on CDP 2021 A List

03.12.2021 - 12:38
Turku, Helsinki, Espoo, Lahti, Linköping, Växjö and Arendal – altogether 7 UBC Member cities are among the 95 to receive top score on climate action from environmental impact non-profit, CDP! CDP’s A List cities in 2021 take bold leadership on environmental action and transparency, despite the continued pressures of tackling the coronavirus pandemic on local and national economies and societies. A List cities are demonstrating their climate leadership through concerted and effective action,...

Future trends in sustainable energy production

03.12.2021 - 10:20
The UBC TALKS with the topic “Future trends in sustainable energy production” was held on 30 November 2021. In the webinar three speakers from different UBC cities and a representative from Energy Cities tackled the topic from different angles, sharing their solutions and future goals. First, Erik Tellgren, vice president of Växjö Energi AB, shared Växjö’s ambitious efforts to reach climate neutrality by 2030 and eventually, climate positivity. Located in the middle of Southern Sweden, Växjö is...

Minipilots - the enablers of experimental policy-making

02.12.2021 - 12:46
Adaptive traffic management in Tallinn
The HUPMOBILE Minipilots Framework allows quick piloting of novel solutions in the urban space. Minipilots performed within the project were to map and document mobility-related innovation ideas in Tallinn, Turku, Riga, and Hamburg to prepare an integrated BSR ITS Roadmap to aid other BSR cities through the process of planning and implementing their own minipilots in their local context. The roadmap will be open for urban transport planners, mobility researchers, companies and of course, for...

Strategic regional influence and tools for practitioners: BSR WATER results

03.11.2021 - 19:15
Over three years of implementation, the BSR WATER platform continued enhancing practical cooperation in the water sector of the Baltic Sea Region and providing input into the regional policies. The topical scope of the platform has been wide: strategical and technological approaches to nutrient recycling, practices and regional takes on addressing hazardous substances, local and regional level recommendations and practices for sustainable stormwater management, and holistic cross-sectoral...

Ready, set, apply — The third EUCF round is here

12.10.2021 - 09:51
The European City Facility (EUCF) initiative allows cities and municipalities to make use of 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 third call for applications will be open from 15 October to 17 December. More detailed information about the EUCF can be found on the initiative’s website. The objective of the EUCF is to build a substantial pipeline of sustainable energy...