News archive of the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission

Apply to the first ever European Sustainability Award!

11.06.2018 - 08:47
The European Commission has launched the first ever European Sustainability Award, to recognise the efforts and creativity of European people, businesses and organisations who work towards reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Award will champion inspiring initiatives which provide concrete solutions for achieving the Goals. For this year's edition, the theme of the award is “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. The competition is open to 4 stakeholder...

New deadline for CDP reporting

23.05.2018 - 15:57
The disclosure of climate related data of the Baltic Sea Region cities to the CDP’s platform has begun with the new deadline for the reporting being set to 11 July 2018.  Please note that Response Check’s deadline has also been shifted to 11 June 2018. The Response Check is a free service offered to improve data quality. Cities should submit their completed response by the deadline of 11 June 2018, and CDP will review the draft response and highlight areas for improvement. This service is only...

Three manuals on measure selection published by SUMPs-Up!

07.05.2018 - 14:00
SUMP's-Up project has published three manuals for the cities who are at different stages of implementing Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) focusing on measure selection. All levels of SUMP experience are covered, with manuals for beginner, intermediate, and advanced cities: START for beginner cities STEP-UP for intermediate  cities INNOVATE for advanced cities      

Become an exhibitor, presenter or sponsor at the upcoming CIVITAS Forum 2018

03.05.2018 - 11:40
This year's CIVITAS Forum Conference will take place from 19-21 September in Umeå, Sweden. The 16th edition of Europe's premier sustainable mobility event will bring together the CIVITAS community from across the continent and beyond. Over three days, hundreds of policymakers, city representatives, academics, and practitioners will gather to debate pressing topics surrounding sustainable urban mobility and witness the pioneering solutions bringing cleaner, better transport to Europe....

European Sustainable Development Week (ESDW) 2018

03.05.2018 - 09:05
There is less than a month until the official start of the European Sustainable Development Week, ESDW 2018. The ESDW is an European-wide initiative to stimulate and make visible activities, projects and events that promote sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It takes place every year from 30 May until 5 June. We would kindly remind you to register your events on the ESDW website and also share this information with your partners and contacts to get as many...

Sustainable Cities Bulletin 2/2018 published!

26.04.2018 - 08:20
The newest issue of the Sustainable Cities Bulletin has been published: featuring articles about UBC-CDP cooperation and where to find more information about it, international cooperation projects that our Commission is involved with and a call to join the Clean Beach initiative. A separate story has been written about the recent webinars that UBC Sustainable Cities Commission has been hosting, one on sustainable urban mobility and the other on sustainable urban planning.  Read the issue here ...

A call to organise Clean Beach events in your cities!

20.04.2018 - 10:35
Cities of Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki and Turku have co-organised joint beach cleaning events in their cities for several years in late spring. The events are part of their Baltic Sea Challenge co-operation and the Clean Beach campaign. In 2017 Nordic Keep Archipelago Tidy Associations had their Nordic Cleanup Day during the same week and there was a joint Beach clean-up week in the beginning of May from through Russia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark all the way to Iceland,...

Call for host city: 6th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans

17.04.2018 - 13:33
The European Commission has opened a call for applications to host the 6th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans, to be held in 2019. The annual European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans is Europe's leading event for all those involved in putting the SUMP concept into practice. It serves as a forum for policy makers and academics across Europe to network, debate key issues and exchange ideas on sustainable urban mobility planning. This event has grown since the...

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...