News archive of the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission

Call open for cities to join the last SUMP learning programme!

28.11.2018 - 10:17
Good news for cities developing Sustainable Urban Mobility plans! Cities have now a possibility to apply for the CIVITAS SUMPs-Up call and join the group of 100 cities learning and exchanging about SUMPs. CIVITAS SUMPs-Up is looking for up to 25 planning authorities to join the 5th SUMP learning programme (SLP) which starts in May 2019.  Several cities from the Baltic Sea Region have already joined the previous learning programmes. Programme format and content The six month programmes combine...

UBC Urban Planning Webinar focused on concrete urban planning tools

25.10.2018 - 12:17
The third UBC webinar was held on 25 October 2018 with the focus on presenting the UBC cities the concrete urban planning tools that have been developed in two cross-border cooperation projects - iWater and Baltic Urban Lab.  In this webinar you will learn about the Guide for urban planners dealing with redevelopment of brownfield sites, Blue-Green Factor tool and iWater toolbox for more integrated storm water management in the cities.  We would like to thank everyone for participating and...

CIVITAS Forum 2018 in Umeå

15.10.2018 - 17:16
CIVITAS forum 2018
The annual meeting of the CIVITAS Initiative took place under the slogan “Mobility for U and Me” from 19.-21- of September 2018 un Umeå, Sweden. Over 400 participants from cities and municipalities, organisations, NGOs, companies and different initiatives form all over Europe gathered in the Northern Swedish city  for three days of interesting speeches and presentations, hands-on site visits around the town and most important- networking with other colleagues. UBC SCC has been active within the...

New staff in the UBC SCC office - welcome!

15.10.2018 - 13:57
We are pleased to introduce some new faces among our staff: Mr Juha Pulmuranta started to work for UBC SCC in December 2017. Juha is responsible for communication and dissemination activities in CIVITAS ECCENTRIC project, which focuses onsustainable suburban mobility.  From 2014 to 2017 Juha worked for Regional Council of Southwest Finland in an ERDF funded project called 6Aika, which focused on open data in the six largest cities in Finland. During his earlier career Juha has e.g. developed...

iWater project ended with a successful Final Conference

15.10.2018 - 12:22
Integrated Stormwater Management (iWater) project held its final conference on 7–8 May 2018 in Riga and Jelgava, Latvia. iWater aims at improving urban planning by development of integrated and multifunctional stormwater management, thus creating higher quality, cleaner and safer urban environment and increasing urban sustainability. The event successfully concluded the project that has engaged over 500 stakeholders and produced several tangible outputs. Over 60 participants attended the Final...

Report on the status of SUMPs in EU countries published!

12.10.2018 - 15:29
The “Status of SUMPs in EU Member States” report summarises the status of SUMP and national SUMP programmes in all 28 EU Member States and elaborates recommendations for countries interested in developing their national programmes. Find the report here:  The existence and degree of technical support and quality control for Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) from the national or regional level varies significantly across Europe.For example, a few advanced countries have...

Level up your SUMP! Capacity building for sustainable urban mobility planning straight to your desk

12.10.2018 - 11:50
Are you a mobility practitioner, working in a city administration, a NGO, company or at a research institution? Are you interested in sustainable urban mobility planning or already experienced with SUMPs? In any case, this is for you: The SUMPs-Up project offers a series of free webinars and e-courses for mobility practitioners, starting this autumn 2018! From “How to initiate an SUMP” to how to elaborate the plan, select measures and organize implamentation – you can choose the topics...

Water management, climate adaptation and urban mobility – new projects are starting soon!

12.10.2018 - 10:41
During the past weeks and months, we received good news: three new projects will start! One will be led by UBC SCC, in the two others we are involved as a partner. Platform on Integrated Water Cooperation - BSR WATER The project brings together knowledge and innovation potential on a transnational basis. The aim is to continue cross-sectoral cooperation in smart water management providing a possibility for transnational experience exchange, sharing of good practices and solutions, as well as...

How to make your citizens forget their cars? cities.multimodal supports cities in testing different measures for developing multimodal pilot areas

12.10.2018 - 10:16
The cities.multimodal city partners are testing different kind of measures for increasing multimodality and for changing mobility behavior in their pilot areas. The first year of preparation has passed and the cities are moving on to the implementation stage: some cities are building and improving multimodal mobility points, e.g.  bicycle parking in connection to a railway station  or transport hub, others are planning mobility management measures with schools, kindergartens and companies. The...

Commission Meeting in Klaipeda brought together mobility experts

12.10.2018 - 10:08
In mid-September the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission gathered in the Baltic Sea coast city Klaipeda, Lithuania for the annual commission meeting! This year’s meeting on sustainable urban mobility gathered representatives from 16 different UBC cities. The successful two-day meeting was launched by a welcome speech by Deputy Mayor Mrs Judita Simonavičiūtė, the following program of the agenda was presentations regarding Klaipeda’s current mobility situation. First up was Mr Tadas Jonauskis who...

UBC cities continue as transparent climate leaders in the Baltic Sea Region

12.10.2018 - 09:47
Back in 2016, UBC and CDP agreed upon collaboration between the two organizations with the first cooperation activities taking place in spring 2017. As a result, UBC doubled the number of cities reporting to CDP from 6 to 20. This year, the number of the cities disclosing to CDP grew to 28 in despite of the busiest holiday season. UBC and CDP aim to increase the number of Baltic Sea Region cities using systematic reporting of their climate change related actions and UBC’s role in the...

Urban brownfields were seen as opportunities during the Final Conference of Baltic Urban Lab project

11.10.2018 - 09:53
Baltic Urban Lab Final Conference on ”Dealing with the Past & Planning for the Future – turning urban brownfields into possibilities” was held 6-7 September 2018 in Riga, Latvia. The Final Conference of Baltic Urban Lab project brought together more than 60 urban planners, soil remediation experts, architects and other interested parties from Latvia, Sweden, Estonia, Lithuania and Finland to explore the lessons learned from the project and by four piloting cities - Tallinn (Estonia), Turku...

UBC Urban Planning Webinar returns on 25 October 2018!

03.10.2018 - 10:55
UBC Sustainable Cities Commission will be continuing with the UBC webinar series, this time returning with the topic of urban planning and more specifically, the tools that have been developed in the two cross-border cooperation projects - iWater and Baltic Urban Lab - in which UBC Sustainable Cities Commission has had a leading role.  The webinars are a great opportunity for experts from all UBC member cities to join in the discussions and do some networking online besides getting new...

Improving maintenance and raising personal motivation at the modern wastewater treatment plant

28.09.2018 - 11:10
IWAMA Workshop in Gdansk
The IWAMA project focuses on improving resource efficiency of wastewater management, and one side of this process is capacity development of personnel employed at the wastewater treatment facilities. Throughout the project duration, IWAMA has organized six extensive workshops, each focusing on a particular topic recognized by the partners as essential for the continuous process of capacity building. The project covered subjects of energy consumption and production, sludge handling, reduction of...

The Commission meeting report and presentations are now available

26.09.2018 - 14:43
The report and all the presentations from the Commission meeting held in Klaipeda 13-14.9.2018 can now be found here!