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

Published: 12 October 2021
The European City Facility initiative allows cities to 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 until 17 December 2021!

Transitions to a circular economy

Published: 4 October 2021
The the moderator of the event was Per-Arne Nilsson from the city of Malmö, the co-chair of the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission. He introduced the topic of circular economies and explained how the UBC SCC addresses resource efficiency in its activities. The introduction was followed by presentations from 3 cities.

22 UBC cities continued disclosure to CDP in 2021

Published: 29 September 2021
During the disclosure period, the following cities had disclosed their environmental data and good practices to the CDP-ICLEI Unified Reporting System: Aarhus (Denmark), Tallinn* (Estonia), Espoo (Finland), Turku (Finland), Helsinki (Finland), Porvoo (Finland), Kemi (Finland), Lahti (Finland), Rostock (Germany), Riga (Latvia)

Tallinn is the European Green Capital of 2023!

Published: 21 September 2021
Following Lahti (Finland) - this year's European Green Capital - in 2023 is the City of Tallinn (Estonia). Tallinn was awarded the title earlier this month with the European Commission especially highlighting Tallinn's initiatives reflecting the ambitions of the European Green Deal.

Increasing local level resilience in the Baltic Sea Region

Published: 1 September 2021
The CASCADE project brought together civil protection professionals and climate change adaptation experts to build urban resilience in cities and towns, as well as the overall macro–regional resilience. Among the nine partners of the CASCADE project, there were three UBC member cities (Turku, Liepaja, and Hamburg) and the Safe Cities Commission and the Sustainable Cities Commission involved.

Turku published a model for joint cooperation and development for the port area

Published: 23 June 2021
At present, there are many processes and developments in the port area of Turku. The new joint ferry terminal building for shipping companies Viking Line and Tallink Silja is scheduled for opening at the end of 2025. Also, new mobility arrangements (transport connections to the passenger port, port field recreational area and redesigning Linnanniemi area) will be implemented. The adjacent Linnakaupunki residential area is being built.

CDP Response Check applications to be submitted before 25 June!

Published: 16 June 2021
CDP is offering the cities an opportunity to check their responses and get feedback before the final submission. In order to get feedback, please contact before 25 June 2021. The deadline is in place to ensure CDP has enough time to go through your responses and give feedback as well as for you to have enough time to make changes before the deadline of 29th of June.  CDP Q&A Live Session answered some of the key questions our cities have

BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) Örebro

Published: 2 June 2021
If we continue to travel as we do today, as half of all trips made in Örebro are car journeys, the number of trips by car increases by about 35%. With such an increase, the existing space in our street and traffic system is not enough. We need to stop this development with more vehicles and focus on a efficient solution for how people will be able to transport themselves through the city in the future.

Good things come to those who wait – multimodal mobility points opened in Vilnius!

Published: 1 June 2021
The two pilot mobility points are located in the area of Antakalnis at public transport stops and were taken into use just a few weeks ago. At the multimodal mobility points, citizens can park their (electric) bikes or scooters safely, charge them if needed and then switch to public transport or continue the journey by foot.

Renewal of the UBC Sustainability Action Programme – new ways of cooperation for 2022-2030

Published: 1 June 2021
For that purpose, we organized an information & consultation day on 7 May 2021, starting with an online event especially designed for our member cities.

Policy recommendations for implementing the integrated stormwater management

Published: 1 June 2021
This publication was developed within the platform project BSR WATER as one of its key outputs. The report was prepared by the project partner Riga City Council with support from BSR WATER partners, and it is based on the surveys and interviews with 25 cities from 10 countries around the Baltic Sea. The cities that contributed to the survey – many of those UBC members!

Greifswald: a model city for sustainable education and mobility

Published: 1 June 2021
Sustainable development is a declared goal in the university and Hanseatic city of Greifswald. Under Citizen Participation, the city is working on a comprehensive Sustainability strategy. Numerous actors from politics, administration and business and free initiatives are involved in the areas of climate and environmental protection, democracy, anti-racism, social participation and fair trade.