News archive of the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission

UBC Sustainable Cities Commission at the UBC XV General Conference in Kaunas, Lithuania

30.10.2019 - 10:07
The XV UBC General Conference was held 15-18th October in Kaunas, the historical center of Lithuania, with the topic “Building an inclusive and resident-focused city. The Baltic way”. The conference marked the beginning of a new era for UBC as Mantas Jurgutis, Deputy Mayor of Kaunas, was voted for becoming the president of the UBC. His team of newly elected vice presidents consists of Elina Rantanen (1st Vice-President), Chairperson of Turku City Council, Piotr Grzelak, Deputy Mayor of Gdansk,...

LIFE SURE – Sediment Uptake and Remediation on Ecological basis

30.10.2019 - 09:58
Background and objectives A well-known environmental problem within the Baltic Sea region is caused from shallowed overgrown bays, which occur when dead biota and particles are transported to coastal areas and accumulate at the bottom, adding to the sediments. This negative process has been accelerated by climate change and human activities, such as stormwater runoff from agricultural, industrial and urban areas that brings not only particles to shallow water bodies but also contaminants such...

The cleanest European Championship in athletics was held in Gävle 2019!

30.10.2019 - 09:46
On July 11-14th, the European Athletics U23 Championship 2019 was held at the Gavlehov Stadium Park in Gävle, Sweden. 1500 competitors from 51 countries, 500 volunteers and over 13 500 visitors. With the goal to offer a sustainable championship in world class, a festival atmosphere and full stands, Gävle Municipality invested a great deal in working sustainably in all dimensions and minimizing the environmental impact on the city’s environment. The event received an environmental diploma...

Students of Cēsis help tackle climate change

30.10.2019 - 09:42
For the second year in a row, the students of the Cēsis Pastariņš Primary School are enjoying the benefits of attending a sustainable, energy efficient school. Upon completing the school’s renovation project, its CO2 output was cut by 57,182 tonnes, and the annual heating consumption shrunk to 27.55 kWh/m2 and below. In 2016, the Cēsis municipality and its’ chairman Mr Jānis Rozenbergs joined the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, committing to reducing global and local CO2...

Back to the Future – CIVITAS Forum 2019 in Graz

29.10.2019 - 16:20
This year´s CIVITAS Forum returned after 16 years to the place where it started- to Graz, Austria. From October 2nd -4th a record number of 650 participants from Europe and beyond gathered for three days, filled with sessions, presentations, study visits, networking and discussions around sustainable mobility. The topic “back to the future” stood for stock-taking on how CIVITAS as an initiative has developed, what role it is playing today and how to continue it in the future, as well as looking...

CASCADE discussed Climate Change Risks with municipalities during the XV UBC General Conference in Kaunas

29.10.2019 - 15:14
The CASCADE “Community Safety Action for Climate Adaptation and Development” project funded by EC DG ECHO and awarded the EUSBSR Flagship status by PA Secure operates as a pilot example for cross-sectoral cooperation in the Baltic Sea region. The CASCADE project brings together civil protection specialists and climate change adaptation experts for the first time to fight the impacts of climate change jointly. The first transnational Policy Dialogue meeting in the CASCADE project was held during...

SUMPs-Up upcoming webinars for the mobility practitioners

29.10.2019 - 14:17
The CIVITAS SUMPs-Up project offers free webinars for European cities enabling capacity building in the sphere of sustainable urban mobility planning. Check out the upcoming webinars. We hope that you will take use of the already recorded webinars when a need arises – the webinars describe the journey of creating a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan and give some good hints on from how to start the SUMP process to how to gain political commitment to your SUMP in your city. Integrating SUMPs with...

New era of SUMPs: The 2nd edition of SUMP guidelines has been published!

29.10.2019 - 14:15
Who would have thought six years ago, that today cities vividly discuss at conferences how to deal with e-scooters flooding city centers? In 2013 MaaS was just emerging and the (mobility) world looked differently – politically as well as in terms of technological innovations. So, it was time to look at the SUMP guidelines, that have been used and implemented successfully in the past years, take the experiences from the cities as well as numerous EU-funded projects on SUMP and their outcomes,...

HUPMOBILE is looking for Follower Cities!

29.10.2019 - 14:10
Does your city fit the following criteria? is a small, middle-sized or big city, is a city with or without port in the Baltic Sea Region, has mobility-related challenges in the port area or mobility challenges in general, needs new solutions to solve the mobility-related challenges, wishes to test and pilot new solutions? The HUPMOBILE project is looking for Follower Cities who will uptake the solutions and guidelines developed in the project and test them in their own context as well as give...

How “changing your way(s)” can lead to more sustainable mobility in BSR cities

29.10.2019 - 13:56
CMM Living Street Brainstorming
The sudden appearance of e-scooters, some cycling paths or other single mobility measures here and there will not increase the use of sustainable modes of mobility – at least not in a longer term. At the core of planning and implementing sustainable mobility activities, measures and strategies needs to be the goal to change behaviors, to communicate a bigger understanding why it is important to change your ways for health, safety, the climate – both physically as well as mentally. The cities....

UBC – CDP report 2019 published: UBC cities’ adaptation actions to extreme weather events

29.10.2019 - 13:01
The disclosure period took place from 15 April to 31 July 2019 during which UBC cities were encouraged to submit their city’s climate change-related data as well as examples of actions that are being taken for climate mitigation and adaptation. Altogether 26 UBC cities disclosed to CDP, 25 of them publicly: Estonia: Pärnu, Tartu Finland: Espoo, Helsinki, Kemi, Lahti, Turku Germany: Greifswald, Rostock Latvia: Riga Lithuania: Panevezys, Taurage, Klaipeda, Siauliai (non-publicly) Norway: Arendal...

SUMP guidelines 2nd edition - new era of SUMPs!

14.10.2019 - 15:33
Since the first edition of the SUMP Guidelines was published in late 2013, it was THE main European reference document for urban transport and mobility practitioners involved in the development and implementation of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs). Many cities in Europe and around the world have developed SUMPs, while numerous European Union-funded projects and programmes have contributed valuable knowledge that helped cities to develop this new generation of mobility plans.In the...

Lahti - the European Green Capital 2021!

24.06.2019 - 09:40
City of Lahti awarded the European Green Capital 2021
Biggest congratulations to Lahti on the behalf of our Commission and the rest of the UBC!  City of Lahti was awarded the title of European Green Capital 2021 by the European Commission on 20 June 2019 in an award ceremony in Oslo, Norway. Lahti is the first-ever Finnish city to receive the title.  The European Commission sought to recognise a city for its commitment to sustainable urban development, its capacity to act as a role model for other cities and its strategy for communicating and...

International environmental campaign "Clean Beach" in St. Petersburg

19.06.2019 - 11:05
Clean Beach 2019
The international environmental campaign "Clean Beach" is held in the framework of cooperation between the cities of the Baltic Sea Region to develop the environmental cooperation, raise public awareness in environmental issues, and support the environmental volunteer movement. The event gives the participants an opportunity to learn more about the marine litter and contribute to cleaning the coastal area. UBC Member Cities St. Petersburg (Russia), Tallinn (Estonia), Helsinki and Turku (Finland...

UBC member cities actively learning and exchanging to (further) develop their SUMPs!

19.06.2019 - 10:55
SUMPs-Up SLP 3 workshop in Bucharest ( Richard Adams, ICLEI Europe)
In autumn 2017 the first SUMP Learning Programme was launched within the CIVITAS SUMPs-Up programme and since then over 70 cities from all over Europe have learned, exchanged, discussed and cooperated in four learning programmes. The fifth and last SLP has started in May this year. The learning programmes are 6 months intensive courses including webinars, e-courses and face-to-face workshops, where a small group of cities (max 25) is cooperating. SUMPs-Up brings together cities and...

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