News archive of the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission

Webinars as a tool for enhancing exchange of know-how between our cities

17.04.2018 - 10:14
On 11 April 2018, UBC Urban Planning webinar was arranged as a possibility for our cities to learn more about what we do as an organization as well as what kind of projects and activities we have to offer to the Baltic Sea Region. The webinar gathered 14-16 attendees from Sweden, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Finland, mostly from the urban planning field. The webinar started with an overview of the webinar’s agenda and an introduction of Union of the Baltic Cities Sustainable Cities Commission...

Join the modes – multimodal mobility points in BSR cities

16.04.2018 - 11:20
Creating the infrastructure and raising awareness among citizens for choosing sustainable mobility modes – this is the aim for eight cities in the “cities.multimodal” project. Multimodality is a twofold topic: to change the mobility behavior of people, the creation of physical mobility points, where it is easy and smooth to switch form one mode of transport to another has to go hand in hand with measures to change the attitude and view on mobility in general of the citizens. During the 3 years...

Creating holistic, sustainable and cost-effective storm water management - iWATER project

13.04.2018 - 09:42
Cities all over the world are facing common challenges of increasing storm water floods, and degradation of natural resources and infrastructure caused by climate change and densified urban areas. How land is initially developed has tremendous bearing on the prospective quantity and quality of urban streams. Urban development removes the vegetation that intercepts, slows and returns precipitation to the air through evaporation and transpiration. These changes not only increase storm water...

Definition for brownfields areas & national recommendations published!

13.04.2018 - 08:58
Baltic Urban Lab project, led by the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission, has published a definition for urban brownfields. There are no commonly agreed European definitions on what a brownfield is. The definition published by the project emphasizes the importance of integrated and partnership based approach for the redevelopment of brownfield areas. During Baltic Urban Lab four cities Norrköping, Riga, Tallinn and Turku have been developing and testing novel planning approaches involving variety...

Smart wastewater treatment in the Baltic Sea Region

12.04.2018 - 15:18
The project IWAMA (Interactive Water Management) is a joint initiative of ten countries aiming at improving the wastewater management in the Baltic Sea Region taking into account principles of resource efficiency. In the project framework, the primary focus is given to development of capacity of the wastewater treatment operators and implementation of pilot investments increasing energy efficiency and advancing sludge handling methods. The IWAMA project is led by the UBC Sustainabie Commission...

Enhancing SUMPs through knowledge exchange in the Baltic Sea Region

12.04.2018 - 14:18
Almost 50 mobility practitioners from 8 countries around the Baltic Sea took part in the SUMPs-Up workshop in Tampere on March 15th, that was organized by UBC Sustainable Cities Commission, together with the City of Tampere and MAL-network. The workshop was arranged in the framework of the SUMPs-Up project activities for mobility practitioners in Europe to mainstream knowledge about SUMPs and their take-up in different countries. Mobility practitioners from cities, regional authorities,...

Smart and sustainable Skanssi Area

12.04.2018 - 10:24
The Skanssi project was started to create a smart and sustainable residential area in Turku, in the South-Western Finland as part of Turku’s aim to become carbon neutral by 2040. The principles that guide the planning and construction of the whole Skanssi area are: smart, sustainable and innovative. There are many innovative themes that are promoted in Skanssi, for example smart built environment, renewable energy, novel energy solutions (two-way district heating, solutions for energy...

CDP Cities 2018 webinars

05.04.2018 - 09:54
CDP will be holding several webinars to provide cities with useful information and tips on reporting throughout the year. For more information or suggestions on topics you would like CDP to cover in the future, please contact cities [at]  WEBINARS FOR BOTH CITIES WHO ARE NEW TO CDP REPORTING AS WELL AS TO THE CITIES WHO ALREADY HAVE SOME EXPERIENCE  New 2018 CDP Cities Questionnaire:  Cities that have responded to CDP will be particularly interested in this webinar which will explain...

Deadline extended for applications to join next SUMPs-Up learning programmes

03.04.2018 - 09:42
Does your city want support in developing a package of measures for a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP)? Do you want to learn more about the processes behind doing so? Then apply to join the next round of the SUMP Learning Programme (SLP) from CIVITAS SUMPs-Up! The deadline has been extended to 23 April. Up to 40 planning authorities have the chance to participate in SLP 3 and 4, which start in September and December 2018 respectively. Together, these two groups of mobility practitioners...

The role of municipalities in the region

28.03.2018 - 11:27
Baltic Sea Day
The 19th International Environmental Forum “Baltic Sea Day” was held last week in St. Petersburg, Russia. Around 500 participants gathered on 22–23 March to discuss the environmental state of the sea and local and regional solutions to improving it. The organization of the forum is supported by HELCOM. During the plenary session, speakers emphasized the need of introducing innovations in the existing environmental systems and having a strategic approach to the occurring ecological problems....

SUMPs-Up call for cities to join next round of its learning programme

12.03.2018 - 13:41
Does your city want support in developing a package of measures for a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP)? Do you want to learn more about the processes behind doing so? Then apply to join the next round of the SUMP Learning Programme (SLP) from CIVITAS SUMPs-Up! Up to 40 planning authorities have the chance to participate in SLP 3 and 4, which start in September and December 2018 respectively. Together, these two groups of mobility practitioners will form the second Expert Group of SUMP...

UBC cities invited to join Urban Planning Webinar

08.03.2018 - 10:01
Cities in the Baltic Sea Region are dealing with similar challenges when it comes to urban planning and development. How to apply more integrated approach to the development of urban environment? How to involve all necessary parties in the planning process and how to promote sustainable urban development? Many of our projects are directly dealing with these questions. And this is why UBC Sustainable Cities Commission is hosting a webinar open to all UBC cities and other experts to share...

Sustainable Cities Bulletin published - focus on smart cooperation

23.02.2018 - 13:32
2018 has been kicked off in a busy manner - with project meetings and workshops in different cities of the Baltic Sea Region. From these activities - the importance of cooperation emerged. And not just cooperation, but smart cooperation.  Read more about the news from the field and a list of events that will be taking place in near future here. 

Turku: Peer reviewed by Baltic Urban Lab partner cities

23.02.2018 - 08:34
City of Turku held Baltic Urban Lab’s Joint City Pilot Review meeting in the recently opened Visitor and Innovation Center Joki on Tuesday, 13 February 2018. The event was organized as a part of Baltic Urban Lab project activities and attendees came from partnering cities Tallinn, Norrköping and Turku as well as University of Turku, Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC) Sustainable Cities Commission, INTERREG Central Baltic Programme and Nordregio. –We had the pleasure of hosting the Pilot Review...

Meet the new Advisory Board and the new co-chair

22.02.2018 - 13:36
The new Advisory Board was elected during the XIV UBC General Conference in Växjö back in October 2017. The Advisory Board consists of 12 experts from our member cities. The role of the Advisory Board is to support UBC Sustainable Cities Commission and the secretariat in its actions by bringing national and theme related expertise and recommendations in project related activities.The Advisory Board supports the Commission also in finding important themes and topics for the Sustainable Cities...