Sustainable Cities Bulletin 2/2020

Sustainable Cities Secretariat staff.

Dear UBC colleagues,

We hope you are all fine despite this extraordinary situation. We are facing a new kind of challenge under the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us during this spring are working from our homes.

The work of our UBC network is also inevitably influenced by the current situation, with activities like events, meeting, conferences and campaigns postponed or cancelled, but in no way has our work stopped. On the contrary, the importance of being part of the UBC network sharing ideas and inspiration is now more evident than ever.

We continue with digital meetings in substitution for travelling, and we increase representation of our member cities’ achievements in the UBC TALKS webinars that we hold every month, presenting various approaches to smart sustainable development. We welcome you to participate and share your expertise.

Furthermore, we try to increase the discussion on the added values of UBC cooperation and have prepared for this discussion the so called UBC ASKS – videos where our Member Cities representatives highlight why it’s important to be in the network. Please go and check!

While staying safe and waiting for the new normal, we invite you to the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region Annual Forum 19–20 October in Turku, Finland. In connection to the Annual Forum, the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission will organize a strategic planning session focusing on the new UBC Sustainability Action Programme 2021 – 2030. For this work we need ALL OF YOU!

Björn Grönholm
Head of Secretariat
Union of the Baltic Cities – Sustainable Cities Commission


News from the Commission

UBC Cities in the forefront of climate action

European City Facility application for sustainable energy investments

Stormwater management in Copenhagen, Helsinki and Gdansk: green infrastruction and high motivation

Key tips for CDP reporting from Lahti, Riga and Tartu


News from our Member Cities

The Linköping Initiative – where businesses and public organizations battle climate change together

How can we eat a park? – Urban farming in Kemi

How to kick start the circular transition? Learnings from Circular Turku

Greifswald launched the first free cargo bike system

Rostock starts creating a cycle highway network

Sustainable urban mobility in Klaipėda

Better control of industrial sewage in the Baltic Sea Region – led by Helsinki

Rostock goes multimodal

Upper secondary school students in Turku challenge everyone to eat the Baltic Sea clean

Returnable cup deposit system introduced in Greifswald

The bicycle library broadens bicycle culture in Växjö

Successful water protection measures of the cities of Helsinki and Turku


News from our Projects

All SUMPs Up for sustainable mobility in European cities! – Final event of the SUMPs-Up project

ECCENTRIC brings the “hot topics” of sustainable mobility to your desk!

Always look on the virtual side of life – cities.multimodal converged online

Nutrient recycling from wastewater: developing regional strategy