News archive of the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission

Tools for urban climate adaptation

05.12.2017 - 13:51
Training cities in climate change adaptation is crucial in the light of high risks posed by the climate change in the Baltic Sea Region. In the end of November, three workshops were organized in the region in cooperation with organizations SIWI and Baltic Development Forum to answer the needs of addressing risk-assessment methodologies and existing measures of adaptation. One of the workshops from this series was organized in the city of Turku, Finland, on 29 November 2017. During the event,...

Sustainable Cities Bulletin published!

04.12.2017 - 09:14
The latest issue of the Sustainable Cities Bulletin has been published. In this issue, many important aspects of sustainable cities are covered - stormwater management, brownfield regeneration, sustainable urban mobility and wastewater management.  These activities that our member cities are doing in the framework of international cooperation projects, lead the work that we are all doing toward reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  Read all the articles and the foreword by Björn...

iWater Toolbox launched – solutions to prevent floods and create attractive cities!

01.12.2017 - 10:40
iWater – Integrated Storm Water Management project (2015-2018) provides new approaches and tools for urban planning ─ for greener, safer, more sustainable and attractive cities. The iWater introduces toolbox that provides both basic and detailed knowledge about stormwater management. The Baltic Sea region together with other parts of the world are facing more frequent and heavier rainfalls, the current planning and management practices have proven to be weak in meeting these challenges. ─...

New project "Cities.multimodal" kicked off!

29.11.2017 - 09:54
Last week the new mobility project "cities.multimodal" was kicked-off in the Hanseatic city of Rostock. The project wants to make it easier for people in cities around the Baltic Sea to combine walking, cycling, public transport and car-sharing as an environmentally friendly alternative to using private cars. The cooperation between 10 cities (Rostock, Vilnius, Tartu, Kalmar, Karlskrona, Gdansk, Pskov, Riga, Århus, Guldborgsund), NGOs and expert partners aims at developing and applying a low-...

Share your excellent brownfield stories!

20.11.2017 - 14:35
Baltic Urban Lab project is awaiting for brownfield regeneration success stories that the project could disseminate further on their website and social media channels.  The project has recently published a call targeting all the cities in Baltic Sea Region who wish to get more visibility to their actions:  If Your city has an excellent example of an old industrial building/area turned into lively neighbourhood with great recreational opportunities, we would like to hear from you!  Especially,...

Nordic Sustainable Cities - tell your stories!

20.11.2017 - 08:45
Does your city or your organization have a building, neighborhood, policy initiative or similar that we should include in a story about Nordic sustainability? If so, you should join this call! On behalf of the Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordregio and Nordic Innovation invite municipalities, NGO’s, local associations, companies, etc. to help us tell the story of the Nordic Sustainable City by submitting local cases (planning projects, policy initiatives, buildings etc.) from Nordic cities and...

Join Sustainable Mobility Webinar!

20.11.2017 - 08:30
Are you interested to learn what kind of sustainable mobility tools, projects and cooperation opportunities we have to offer to UBC member cities? Join Sustainable Mobility Webinar on 5 December 2017 at 10:00 (Central European Time). The Webinar will last about one and half hours and will introduce different possibilities and tools for the cities to start planning for their sustainable mobility options.  Register to the webinar here:

SUMPs-Up project offers support for preparation of SUMPs

17.11.2017 - 11:24
SUMPs-Up is a European cooperation project offering a series of learning activities that will equip city planning authorities and mobility practitioners with skills and knowledge that they need to develop and implement SUMPs (Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan). The first SUMP Learning programme was kicked-off this Autumn involving a group of local authorities interested in learning more from SUMPs and exchanging experiences with colleagues from different European cities and regions. The next...

Small communities, big ideas – the CIVITAS Forum 2017

17.11.2017 - 11:23
As every year in the autumn the CIVITAS community gathered for the annual CIVITAS Forum to exchange and learn about sustainable mobility and meet colleagues from all over Europe! This year, forum's almost 500 participants met in Torres Vedras, Portugal. Three days of workshop sessions, discussions and site visits offered a great insight in how European cities are working and how they enhance sustainable mobility concretely on the local level. As UBC is currently involved in two CIVITAS projects...

Digital platform for water sector launched!

17.11.2017 - 11:20
  One of the crucial requirements for the successful development of the water sector is the continuous cooperation on the cross-national basis. Baltic Sea Region countries share many common challenges, and each country has own experience in finding solutions to those. Therefore, it is important to have a common space that can enable the exchange of existing practices and ideas throughout the whole region. To bring attention to the needs of the water sector in the Baltic Sea Region, the IWAMA...

Student potential involved in brownfield regeneration processes

14.11.2017 - 12:46
During the second week of October, urban planners and experts active in Baltic Urban Lab project gathered in the Latvian capital Riga’s Mūkusala area – one of the four Baltic Urban Lab pilot sites. Students from Riga Technical University, University of Latvia as well as Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration were also present since a student competition has been organized to find a development concept for Mūkusala (read the press release here). How collaboration with...

Sustainable Cities at UBC General Conference

30.10.2017 - 13:56
We were represented during the XIV UBC General Conference that took place this time in the Greenest City in Europe – Växjö, Sweden, between 24 and 27 October 2017. The Agenda was tight for all UBC Commissions and conference participants alike. On the morning of the first conference day on October 24, all the Commissions held a commission meeting – during our meeting, the Advisory Board gathered to appoint new board members and to discuss relevant matters and upcoming tasks. Baltic Water...

Climate Leadership from Baltic Sea Region Cities report published

25.10.2017 - 11:54
Climate Leadership from Baltic Sea Region Cities
The report Climate Leadership from Baltic Sea Region Cities is launched at the UBC´s General Conference in Växjö, Sweden, in 25th of October 2017. On average, member cities of the Union of the Baltic Cities are considerably more ambitious in setting carbon neutrality targets than the global average. Measured by the target year set in 2016 for achieving carbon neutrality, six cities in the global top-11 are from the Baltic Sea region (BSR) of which two from UBC – Aarhus from Denmark and Turku...

CIVITAS Tool Inventory launched!

06.10.2017 - 11:29
As part of the CIVITAS SUMPS-Up project activities, the CIVITAS Tool Inventory was launched during CIVITAS Forum 2017 in Torres Vedras, Portugal last month. The CIVITAS Tool Inventory is an online database of 100+ tools and methods that helps local authorities make better informed decisions about which planning tools to apply in their given local context. Using clear categories, advanced search functions and interactive user ratings, the dynamic inventory interface enables practitioners to...