News archive of the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission

Mikko Jokinen awarded for his life-long work for a cleaner sea

04.04.2019 - 14:55
Mikko Jokinen
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Östersjöfonden (the Baltic Sea Foundation), the delegation of the foundation has decided to award four persons who, through their extensive life work, have engaged in improving the Baltic Sea environment. Two of the awards came to Turku, as the former UBC board member, UBC Sustainable Cities Commission Chair and Environmental Manager of the City of Turku Mikko Jokinen and Professor of Marine Biology at the Åbo Akademi University Erik Bonsdorff got the award...

Sustainable development and international cooperation in St. Petersburg

27.03.2019 - 15:14
Last week, UBC Sustainable Cities Commission attended the XX anniversary of the annual international environmental forum “Baltic Sea Day” that was organized in St. Petersburg on 21–22 March 2019. More than 700 participants attended the forum from the countries of the Baltic Sea Region to exchange experiences and practices, propose solutions and discuss current and future cooperation. The Baltic Sea Day 2019 addressed sustainable development of the Baltic Sea emphasizing the importance of...

Cooperation with CDP reaches its third year!

27.03.2019 - 14:23
We are delighted to announce that our collaboration with CDP has reached its third year! Last year, we increased the number of UBC cities reporting to CDP from 20 to 28 - this year, we hope to raise that number even more and to help cities to answer the questionnaire with more detail to help our member cities receive maximum benefits from the benchmarking and scoring systems of CDP.  Save the dates - Timeline for 2019 disclosure: The CDP online reporting platform will launch for the 2019 cycle...

Tartu and Turku as city case examples in upcoming UBC webinar

21.03.2019 - 10:53
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...

CASCADE levels up climate change risk management and civil protection work in BSR

18.03.2019 - 14:04
CASCADE Kick off
New innovative project brings together civil protection specialists and climate change adaptation experts to fight the impacts of climate change. CASCADE targets the need to develop risk assessment methodologies tailor-made for the local level and putting them into practice for more resilient societies. CASCADE (Community Safety Action for Supporting Climate Adaptation and Development) project kicked off in Hamburg February 5.-7. The meeting was hosted by the Hamburg Fire and Rescue Services....

Peer reviews bring a new perspective on your everyday work

07.03.2019 - 12:01
Within the cities.multimodal project, the 10 city partners plan and implement a variety of different measures and activities – locally. But we would not be a project, founded by the Baltic Sea region programme, if not the aspect of cross-border cooperation and learning, exchange and joint collaboration would be at the core of our project! Learning from colleagues from other cities and even from other countries gives a very valuable input to everyday work in a municipality. It brings a new...

Capacity development for sustainable urban mobility planning straight to your desk!

07.03.2019 - 10:10
The SUMPs-Up project offers free webinars and e-courses about different aspects in sustainable urban mobility planning for all interested cities and individuals across Europe! Get up-to-date input from experts and practical examples from experienced cities in our webinar series! The next webinar on “Measure selection for SUMPs” will happen on March 20th 10-11.30 CET, you can register HERE. Previous recordings and materials about “Tools for initiating SUMPs”  and “Data collection for SUMP” are...

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...