News archive of the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission

UBC TALKS discussed integrating the UN Sustainable Development Goals into strategies

03.11.2020 - 14:36
Cities play an important role in the successful implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and cities around the world are joining the global movement of voluntarily reporting on the progress of the SDGs and the UN 2030 Agenda.  In our previous UBC TALKS webinar we explored how to get started with the Voluntary Local Review (VLR) process. This time the topic was to take a look on the different ways our member cities work with this framework locally. Integrating the SDGs into city...

Baltic Sea Day launched by the John Nurminen Foundation

06.10.2020 - 14:54
Mayor of City of Turku
The Baltic Sea Day, launched by the John Nurminen Foundation, celebrated by scores of people all around the Baltic Sea on 27 August. The carnivals organised by the City of Helsinki, the Baltic Sea Challenge, and partners were streamed live on the Helsinki-kanava. Check out the virtual sea exhibitions, quick experiments on the Baltic Sea Challenge, the Satakolkyt project, Tallinn's Baltic Sea Day and expert speeches from the sea on the website. In Turku 12 public events were held during the day...

We are CIVITAS ECCENTRIC – 5 cities on their way to innovative mobility measures in their neighbourhoods

06.10.2020 - 14:27
Hard to believe, but we have to face it – after 4 years of intense work CIVITAS ECCENTRIC is coming to an end. The five European cities Turku (FI), Stockholm (SE), Munich (DE), Madrid (ES) and Ruse (BG), together with a variety of supporting partners, have implemented 51 measures and tested innovative sustainable mobility solutions in the living laboratory areas. During the European Urban Mobility Days, we organised a final session: moderated by our project officer Octavia Stepan (INEA), all...

Urban Mobility Days 2020 – Zero emission mobility for all or How to network in times of a pandemic

06.10.2020 - 14:21
The networking highlights for the European sustainable mobility community, the annual CIVITAS Forum and the SUMP conference have always gathered a great number of participants to exchange, network and create new connections. In 2020 both events were merged for the very first time into the European Urban Mobility Days - and then shifted online due to Covid-19. Is it possible to create an inspiring network event online, without the human interactions? Sharing knowledge and experiences in virtual...

Environmental campaign “Clean beach” visits the Kotlin Island

06.10.2020 - 13:55
The monitoring of marine litter on the beach using the HELCOM methodology.
Results of the international environmental campaign “Clean beach” on 12 September 2020 on the southern west coast of Kotlin Island (Kronshtadtsky district). Awareness and environmental education is getting a primary role as a measure to mitigate littering of the marine environment as a consequence of coastal tourism and public recreation. It’s been recognized as an appropriate tool to raise public awareness and attract attention to the problem, inspiring new actors, e.g. local authorities, to...

First Mobility Point launched in Riga

06.10.2020 - 13:42
Inauguration of the mobility point in Riga.
The Riga Municipal Agency “Riga Energy Agency” has launched the first mobility point in Riga and Latvia in the VEF district, connecting different sustainable modes of transport and offering convenient access to micro mobility and public transport opportunities. The mobility point will also serve as a pilot area for deployment of innovative, data-based solutions, including both a bicycle and pedestrian counter and a testbed for smart city solutions. The mobility point has been funded by the...

Fossil-free contracts in Linköping municipality

06.10.2020 - 13:20
Car on the fossil-free fuel.
Earlier this year, new guidelines were adopted by the board of urban planning to take an important step in Linköping towards the goal of being carbon neutral. By 2025, all vehicles used for construction and maintainance of infrastructure, maintenance of green areas, snow removal etc will run on fossil-free fuels. The requirements are designed to increase in steps and will be included in all new tender documents and agreements. The requirements have been developed together with the municipally...

Lahti prepares to take the mantle of European Green Capital

06.10.2020 - 13:04
Open-air concert.
Lahti – next year’s European Green Capital – has its sights set on being the first big city in Finland to become carbon-neutral and on achieving this goal by 2025. The southern Finnish city of 120,000 people still has a ways to go, but a lot has been done already: Lahti completed its energy transition last year and now also has a personal carbon trading system for local residents. The city is certainly a worthy winner of the European Green Capital Award, but getting there has taken a lot of...

Kemi: On the buses?

06.10.2020 - 11:40
Developing public transport to serve inhabitants profitably and ecologically is especially challenging in small cities like Kemi. Almost all the households own a car or two and due to dense urban structure cycling and walking are practical ways of moving, as well. Public transport is having a strict competition with other ways of moving. It is a never-ending circle: Insufficient public transport compels people to own a car. Having a car inspires to use it even when there would be proper public...

Turku involves residents in the port area reorganisation

06.10.2020 - 11:28
Turku castle.
Within the HUPMOBILE project, City of Turku is working on a reorganisation of passenger rail transport in the port area. The goal is to develop a concept and a detailed plan for new railway access to the passenger harbour in the Linnanniemi (Castle Town) area. The uniqueness of Linnanniemi is in being a meeting point of the historical and modern city of Turku as well as an area where the river flows into the sea. Nowadays, despite being an important part of historical Turku, the port area,...

Greifswald – the Fairtrade Town nominated for the German Sustainability Award 2021

05.10.2020 - 13:08
Kick-off to Fairtrade Town with various local actors.
The University and Hanseatic City of Greifswald has acquired the official title of the Fairtrade Town as of January 2020... In 2018 the city council of Greifswald decided to join the Fairtrade Town campaign. We achieved this goal in 2020. Several criteria must be fulfilled in order to officially be a Fairtrade Town, and here are the steps taken in Greifswald: The municipality adopted a council resolution to support fair trade. A steering group was set up to coordinate activities on the way to...

The Planner’s Guide to Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning

05.10.2020 - 11:44
The Planner's Guide.
Citizen feedback on cycling infrastructure in Karlskrona, Mobility Points in Rostock, Vilnius, Kalmar, Aarhus and Guldborgsund, Living Streets campaigns in Tartu, Gdansk and Aarhus; this and much more can be found in cities.multimodal’s newly finished final publication. We are happy to announce that one of cities.multimodal’s final publications The Planner’s Guide to Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning is now available on the project website. The purpose of the Planner’s Guide is to inspire...

The Baltic Sea Region Mobility Summit 2020 – INTERREG cooperation at its best!

05.10.2020 - 11:36
­The very first Baltic Sea Region Mobility Summit was organised 8-10 September 2020, of course online. The event was the result of a joint effort from the Interreg BSR projects cities.multimodal, SUMBA and BSR electric. As the event was initially supposed to be organised in Riga, the core organisation team was based there, moderating and technically supporting the event from a set-up studio. The event was opened with a keynote speech from Rebecca Karbaumer from the City of Bremen, who...

How Turku is decarbonising mobility

05.10.2020 - 11:23
The bus no.1 on the Market square stop in Turku.
Decarbonizing mobility lies at the heart of efforts to mitigate climate change in urban areas. This looms in the vicinity for the city of Turku in Finland, aiming to become carbon neutral by year 2029. To reach this goal, a broad range of measures to decarbonize transport is naturally needed. Various policies are already at place in the city to promote the fulfillment of the goal, as well as concrete actions and strategies. The CIVITAS ECCENTRIC project approached mobility decarbonization from...

Turku carried out an evaluation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals through voluntary reporting

05.10.2020 - 11:07
UN SDG logo
Already since the 1990s, Turku has been an active advocate of sustainable development, and acted as a pioneer in carrying out environmental work in cities. In accordance with the current Turku 2029 City Strategy, Turku has committed to act in line with the principles of sustainable development in all its activities. This means that the city aims to reform and grow in ecologically, socially, and economically sustainable ways, thus creating comprehensive and sustainable welfare for its residents...