News archive of the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission

Always look on the virtual side of life – cities.multimodal converged online

14.05.2020 - 14:53
CMM online meeting
cities.multimodal‘s 5th project meeting was naturally not spared from the unexpected circumstances caused by the current world situation. The project meeting that was planned to be held in Tartu (EST) and Pskov (RUS) was transformed into a virtual two-day project meeting held during 22nd and 23d of April. Despite not meeting in person the cities.multimodal consortium took part in different sessions using a variety of tools and methods. Some presentations that normally would have been given live...

Nutrient recycling from wastewater: developing regional strategy

14.05.2020 - 11:14
Nutrient recycling from sludge
Eutrophication, caused by excessive nutrients accumulated in the water, persistently remains the major threat to the Baltic Sea marine environment. However, while phosphorus is a recognized pollutant for the Baltic Sea region, it is also part of many organic molecules and is vital and irreplaceable for all lifeforms. With phosphorus being an essential and limited resource, its demand and production in the world are steadily increasing as the population grows. This trend influences the need to...

UBC Cities in the forefront of climate action

14.05.2020 - 10:44
Sea shore
Cooperation between Union of the Baltic Cities and CDP for the last four years has been able to engage more than 25 of our member cities to consistently disclose their environmental data, demonstrate actions in climate change adaptation and mitigation in our region. Today over 850 cities around the world chose CDP to disclose their climate data and actions. Disclosing environmental data through CDP gives cities a number of advantages, from improved engagement of stakeholders within the city to...

European City Facility application for sustainable energy investments

14.05.2020 - 09:34
European City Facility application
Pursuing for sustainable energy investments? — The European City Facility application opens 25th of May! In line with the Paris Agreement and the 2030 goals for climate and energy set by the European Commission, there is a great need for cities, municipalities and local authorities to invest in sustainable energy and climate solutions. However, many public stakeholders struggle with limited human resources and capacity and overcoming financial barriers. Also, a lack of experience in developing...

Q&A with the cities: motivation, effects of COVID and benefits of green infrastructure

05.05.2020 - 14:20
3 speakers
How to adapt the stormwater system in your city to the climate change - this question was an umbrella for the discussion at the last UBC TALKS: stormwater on 28 April. However, some questions left unanswered: we share an interview with the experts from Copenhagen, Helsinki and Gdańsk on raising motivation for the change, effects of COVID and benefits of implementing green infrastructure in the cities.   — Is there motivation and political commitment to implement new stormwater solutions and...

UBC ASKS and the cities answer

29.04.2020 - 17:29
We are proud to present UBC ASKS, an interview series consisting of interviews with people with various connections to the UBC and the Baltic Sea Region. Along with the personal interviews three thematic videos were also made covering the benefits of being a UBC member city, important sustainable development topics and climate change risk factors. All the interviews can be found on the UBC ASKS page. This spring’s UBC ASKS interviews feature: Ms. Elina Rantanen | UBC Vice President, Chairwoman...

Key tips for CDP reporting from Lahti, Riga and Tartu

26.03.2020 - 09:43
During the third UBC TALKS webinar, we discussed about the possible benefits, obstacles and motivation for CDP disclosure. The city representatives shared their concrete tips for starting the disclosure in 2020 for UBC cities that have not yet disclosed to CDP platform. Since two of the three UBC cities presenting had achieved the score A, there is a lot to learn from their experiences. We encourage any city interested in getting started with disclosure to CDP to contact one of the cities who...

Update: CDP spring workshops will be held online!

13.03.2020 - 10:32
CDP has decided to move all disclosure workshops online this year. This is in response to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) global health crisis. CDP has assessed the situation carefully and decided this is the most responsible action to protect public health. Further details about the April-May 2020 virtual workshop will be announced shortly - CDP is currently devising the most effective virtual solution and will be in touch with all stakeholders, speakers and attendees to provide detailed...

CASCADE's mid-term review is now published

11.03.2020 - 13:26
Picture of a flood
CASCADE – Community Safety Action for Supporting Climate Adaptation and Development project is a unique, innovative project seeking to improve urban resilience in cities and towns, as well as the overall macro-regional resilience. CASCADE brings together civil protection specialists and climate change adaptation experts to jointly fight the impacts of climate change. CASCADE’s aim is to adapt existing risk assessment methodology to the climate change context and tailor it to the local level....

How to kick start the circular transition? Learnings from Circular Turku

02.03.2020 - 11:29
The City of Turku, Sitra and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability are releasing today the report Circular Turku: A blueprint for local governments to kick start the circular economy transition. This publication is a product of the “Circular Turku: Regional collaboration for resource wisdom” (2019-2021) project. With the support of Sitra, Turku and ICLEI are designing  a roadmap to operationalize circularity in the Turku region with the support of regional stakeholders.   Building on...

CIVITAS ECCENTRIC cities welcome the project’s final year

13.02.2020 - 11:09
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 partners involved are looking...

Three UBC cities active in NonHazCity – minimizing emissions of hazardous substances from urban areas in the Baltic Sea Region since 2016

13.02.2020 - 09:09
NonHazCity project logo with an drawing of a hand and project name
UBC member cities of Riga, Pärnu and Gdansk are participating in an interesting project that aims to minimise the emissions of hazardous substances from the urban areas in our region.  The Baltic Sea environment assessment by HELCOM has shown that hazardous substances (HS) leaking into the marine environment is an issue of major concern. These leaks occur through three main pathways: industrial wastewater, municipal wastewater and stormwater. Consumption-related diffuse sources, including...

CASCADE about to publish it's mid-term review

12.02.2020 - 13:36
CASCADE – Community Safety Action for Supporting Climate Adaptation and Development project is a unique, innovative project seeking to improve urban resilience in cities and towns, as well as the overall macro-regional resilience. CASCADE brings together civil protection specialists and climate change adaptation experts to jointly fight the impacts of climate change. CASCADE’s aim is to adapt existing risk assessment methodology to the climate change context and tailor it to the local level....

The city of Tartu involves 8th graders in mobility project management

12.02.2020 - 11:31
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. The city of Tartu (EE) has partnered up with the local M.Reinik School (grades 1-9) and three local stakeholders for organising a Mobility Project Management course for 8th graders of the M. Reinik School. The...

Växjö seeks to meet societal challenges and the SDGs with digital innovation

11.02.2020 - 15:44
Picture from Växjö's DIACCESS project
Växjö has been selected as one of the 20 projects in the 4th round of the Urban Innovation Programme (UIA) which is an EU funded initiative geared towards finding world unique solutions for sustainable urban development. The DIACCESS (Digital Acceleration for Medium Sized Sustainable Cities​) project 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...

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