News archive of the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission

City Sounds: St. Petersburg - towards sustainable development via raising public awareness

07.03.2019 - 09:23
In recent years the environmental issues in general and environmental education (the so-called informal environmental education) issues in particular are given more and more attention in the Russian Federation. To systematize the environmental education activities in St. Petersburg, in 2018 the City’s Committee for Nature Use, Environmental Protection and Ecological Safety (Committee for Environmental Protection) has developed the Concept of Continuous Environmental Education in St. Petersburg...

We are looking for a trainee - apply now!

04.03.2019 - 16:46
woman looking at the sea thru telescope
UBC Sustainable Cities Commission Secretariat in Turku is seeking a trainee for a duration of three months, starting in April 2019. The trainee will be working as a member of our international team and working with versatile and interesting tasks related to communication, event planning, networking activities and more. Working language at our office is English. Trainees responsibilities include:• various tasks related to our on-going sustainable development projects• planning events (such as...

CIVITAS ECCENTRIC cities reveal innovative mobility measures – 50 fact sheets published

04.03.2019 - 16:24
Föli bikes in summery Turku
In CIVITAS ECCENTRIC, partner cities Madrid, Stockholm, Munich, Ruse and Turku have recently had many parallel activities as they have focused on implementation reports, fact sheets, peer review process and also on evaluation of measures. The cities’ hard work has paid off as most of the deliverables are done and the documents can now be used for example for replication actions. All the fact sheets and other public deliverables from the project are available at

Smart wastewater sector: current trends and looking into the future

28.02.2019 - 14:26
In the end of January 2019 the IWAMA project oriented at improving smart wastewater treatment in the Baltic Sea Region organized its Final Conference. The event took place in Turku, hosted by the city together with our Commission. The conference brought together more than 100 participants to discuss the wastewater sector and how to make it smart and efficient. The Final Conference continued for three days, starting with the site visit to the local wastewater treatment plant based in the solid...

CIVITAS ECCENTRIC will host its first thematic webinar in March 2019

18.02.2019 - 13:31
The CIVITAS ECCENTRIC project will be kickstarting its thematic webinar series next month with the first webinar focusing on vulnerable groups and gender issues in sustainable urban mobility planning.  The webinar will present examples from different cases, for example, UBC member city Umeå will share their experiences regarding how a city can create pleasant and safe public places and mobility for women.  The main case comes from the CIVITAS ECCENTRIC's living lab Vallecas in the City of...

Webinar: Data collection for Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP)

28.01.2019 - 10:42
Analysing the mobility situation and developing scenarios of possible future mobility situations helps to set the goals for your city’s Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan. In order to know where you want to go and how you're going to get there, you first need to know where you are currently standing. Collecting evidence on the existing mobility conditions and ensuring availability of accurate data is the basis for SUMP development. The 2nd SUMPs-Up webinar organised on February 20th focuses on...

Last chance to join SUMP Learning Programme!

25.01.2019 - 09:40
Call for cities - Join the last SUMP Learning Programme!  The CIVITAS SUMPs-Up project has extended its call for cities to take part in its next SUMP Learning Programme (SLP).Up to 25 planning authorities have the chance to join SLP5, which will start in May 2019. This group of mobility practitioners will complete the Expert Group of 90 SUMP cities. The six-month SLP module combines knowledge transfer and testing and assessment with learning on concepts, approaches, tools, and methodologies for...

Looking forward to 2019!

31.12.2018 - 13:11
It's New Year's Eve and the best possible time to make conclusions of 2018 and look forward to 2019. Mr. Björn Grönholm, Head of Secretariat of the Sustainable Cities Commission, shared these thoughts in the last Sustainable Cities Bulletin regarding the passed year and future plans. "Dear UBC colleagues, When writing this, we are at the same time following the COP24 meeting in Katowice Poland. Discussions on the use of fossil fuels are heating and traffic is a hot topic in many countries. For...

3 e-courses on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans launched!

20.12.2018 - 11:02
The CIVITAS SUMPs-Up project offers a series of free e-courses to anyone interested in learning more about sustainable urban mobility planning. The SUMP learning programme for mobility practitioners consists in total of 7 e-courses. The courses tackle different phases in the SUMP process starting from how to initiate a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) and prepare a SUMP vision in cooperation with various stakeholders, elaborate the SUMP strategy and select SUMP measures and on how to...

Change your way(s) for a more sustainable mobility culture in your city – cities.multimodal´s first year

17.12.2018 - 14:07
The cities.multimodal project looks back on a busy first year. The partner cities conducted a comprehensive preparatory analysis incl. interviews with stakeholders, collected statistical data on their pilot area and implemented a survey among their citizens in order to get to know the mobility situation and behavior in their cities. The outcomes are now published as fact sheets on our website – take a look! After two intensive project meetings in Turku and Riga and a workshop on mobility points...

City Sounds: Greifswald's Best Sustainability Practice of 2018

13.12.2018 - 15:36
Solar boats on the river Ryck – makes electric mobility on water coming alive for inhabitants and guests of the city Every year we have in Greifswald the so called “Fischerfest Gaffelrigg”. It is the largest maritime festival in western Pomerania with around 50000 guests, celebrated for three days and nights. Fans of old ships got their money's worth at the Gaffelrigg. Ryckhangeln, dragon boat race, Boddenschwimmen attracts sport fans to come to festival. This year we went new ways because we...

Discussing Climate Resilience - from a concept to action in our cities

13.12.2018 - 15:33
Climate change impacts cities everywhere. The blazing wildfires, heavy rains that cause large-scale flooding and fluctuating temperatures are some examples of the climate-related risks that need to be anticipated and prepared for in order to reduce their impact on our cities.  As most of the cities of UBC are located in the somewhat close vicinity of the Baltic Sea or a lake/river, the issues regarding sea level rise and flooding are of uttermost importance. Our cities need to become more...

Policy recommendations for brownfield regeneration in the Baltic Sea Region

13.12.2018 - 11:27
As an essential path toward more integrated, resilient and sustainable urban development, brownfield regeneration (redeveloping underutilized areas of a city) has the potential to both limit the urban sprawl and promote investment to restore the land that has been contaminated by industrial activity. During the Baltic Urban Lab project, partners from Sweden (Norrköping), Finland (Turku), Estonia (Tallinn) and Latvia (Riga) identified planning challenges in brownfield regeneration and developed...

Guide published for urban brownfield redevelopment

10.12.2018 - 13:37
Baltic Urban Lab project has published a guide – Towards integrated and partnership-based planning of brownfields areas. The guide is targeted to urban planners and other experts interested to learn more how to develop  brownfield areas in cooperation with citizens, NGOs, land-owners, developers and other stakeholders. The revitalisation of a brownfield is a complex pro­cess. It requires both dealing with the site’s past and planning for the future of the site. At the same time, it is necessary...

Cooperation between projects for improved water sector

03.12.2018 - 14:27
The BSR WATER platform project has successfully kicked-off in Riga last week! Three-day event involved careful planning of the upcoming years of platform project implementation based on the expertise of partners, focuses of involved projects and indicated aims to achieve through the platform cooperation. The Kick-off of the BSR WATER — Platform on Integrated Water Cooperation was held in Riga on 27–29 November 2018 hosted by the city representing one of the platform partners. The partnership of...