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Key indicators for sustainable urban development published – Join us in their testing and further development

How should the sustainability of cities be measured? The project carried out by the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE ‘Indicators for sustainable urban development’ was a multi-stage participatory process to draw up a proposal for key indicators for sustainable urban development. The aim is to support cities, ministries and other stakeholders in monitoring sustainable urban development. The follow-up project to be started now will test the key indicators that have been identified in municipalities interested in this work.

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Good solutions put to practice – boost to scaling good practices for sustainable urban development

Municipalities and cities across Finland have developed their activities towards better environmental, social and economic sustainability. The project ‘Levers for a Sustainable City’ (VIPU) looks for solutions for faster scaling of good practices. Besides urban development, the tools created can also be used for other purposes.

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New pilots to be launched – more sustainable cities and municipalities through collaboration

The Sustainable City programme will launch 12 pilot projects that promote inclusive and interactive sustainability work in cities and municipalities. The pilots will, among other things, improve residents' opportunities to participate in and influence municipal sustainability work. They also strengthen the use of data for purposes such as managing sustainability and helping residents make sustainable everyday choices.

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Seven experiments were conducted to develop solutions for promoting a pleasant and healthy green environment

In summer 2020 seven experimental and development projects were launched under the Sustainable City programme to promote a pleasant and healthy green environment. In these experiments urban developers tried to find answers to how the health impacts of green environments can be utilised and strengthened.

Solutions for sustainable cities: examples from the Sustainable City Programme

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  • Low-carbon cities
  • Socially sustainable cities
  • pilots for sustainable urban development

Bike Lab Hämeenlinna

Kaksi nuorta huomioliiveissä korjaavat polkupyörää

The aim of the experiment was to promote employment and cycling by creating a model for moving from a low-threshold cycling workshop to a vocational qualification in bicycle mechanics. At the same time, the well-being and entrepreneurship of young people will be supported. 


  • Made the competence of young people's apparent in the workshop environment and served as a transition phase towards vocational education and training. 
  • Study material was prepared for the new part of the qualification and a training course was piloted with 8 students and two automotive field teachers from Tavastia Vocational College.


  • The link between workshop activities and vocational training became stronger. The model will continue to be utilised In the future.
  • The training which became permanent will increase competence in the bicycle sector via bicycle mechanic training 
  • Good marketing for cycling.
  • The experiment increased the competence of young people' and the summer jobs available to young people.  

In collaboration with

  • City of Hämeenlinna

  • Hämeenlinna region

  • 4H Association

  • Tavastia Vocational College

  • Finnish Cyclists’ Federation

  • Parolan Pyörähuolto

  • Ministry of the Environment