Sustainable Cities Bulletin December 2017

Dear colleagues,

The year 2017 has been a year full of activities. At the UBC General Conference in Växjö we appointed new co-chairs and Advisory Board for the next two years. During the year, we have also launched new projects and the Baltic Smart Water Hub.

We are also happy to have new colleagues to work with in UBC cities as well as in our secretariat. Climate change has been on a hot topic with increasing challenges with disastrous  storms, flooding in our region. Therefore, our strategical partnership with CDP and the CDP benchmarking tool is important and has been a success. We reached our goals and many cities received a good tool for further develop their cities performance together with other cities and companies.

2018 is just around the corner! Let us continue working on how we in a smart way can commit ourselves to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Expertise and solutions exist in our region, let us share them together. 

Best Wishes,

Björn and the Sustainable Cities Commission Secretariat 

City sounds is a new section in our Bulletin to share topical sustainability related solutions and challenges from the UBC member cities. City of St.Petersburg from Russia is starting the new tradition by sharing their insights on climate change adaptation strategy.

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Climate Leadership from Baltic Sea Region Cities

CDP, the global climate change disclosure non-profit, and the Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC), have agreed on a two-year Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) to involve more cities in the development and reporting of target-oriented climate actions. The findings are now published in a in a final report Climate Leadership from Baltic Sea Region Cities!

Water – Integrated Storm Water Management project (2015-2018) provides new approaches and tools for urban planning ─ for greener, safer, more sustainable and attractive cities. The iWater introduces toolbox that provides both basic and detailed knowledge about stormwater management.

Baltic Urban Lab project is awaiting for brownfield regeneration success stories that the project could disseminate further on their website and social media channels.  The project has recently published a call targeting all the cities in Baltic Sea Region who wish to get more visibility to their actions: 

One of the crucial requirements for the successful development of the water sector is the continuous cooperation on the cross-national basis. Baltic Sea Region countries share many common challenges, and each country has own experience in finding solutions to those.

During the second week of October, urban planners and experts active in Baltic Urban Lab project gathered in the Latvian capital Riga’s Mukusala area – one of the four Baltic Urban Lab pilot sites.

Last week the new mobility project "cities.multimodal" was kicked-off in the Hanseatic city of Rostock.

SUMPs-Up is a European cooperation project offering a series of learning activities that will equip city planning authorities and mobility practitioners with skills and knowledge that they need to develop and implement SUMPs (Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan).

Does your city or your organization have a building, neighborhood, policy initiative or similar that we should include in a story about Nordic sustainability?

As every year in the autumn the CIVITAS community gathered for the annual CIVITAS Forum to exchange and learn about sustainable mobility and meet colleagues from all over Europe! This year, forum's almost 500 participants met in Torres Vedras, Portugal.