Sixteen Finnish municipalities are taking part in in the work on challenge clusters under the Sustainable City Programme. The aim is to tackle the most difficult sustainability challenges that cannot be solved by individual organisations or sectors alone. The three themes selected on the basis of the needs of cities are: urban green spaces in increasingly built-up cities, urban planning that takes sustainability targets into account, and flourishing communities in socially sustainable cities. The themes are particularly challenging as they combine the different dimensions of sustainability.
The Sustainable City programme, together with Demos Helsinki, will organise a study trip of three events on best practices for sustainable urban development. Led by interesting speakers and examples from international contexts, the events will focus on challenges faced by different kinds of urban spaces and areas. The events will be held in English.
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.
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.
Solutions for sustainable cities: examples from the Sustainable City Programme
Sponsor experiment in sustainable housing
The aim of the experiment was to increase the perceived sense of community and sustainable choices in everyday life in two of the Y-Foundation’s residential communities located in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. The aim was to create a sponsor model for sustainable housing.
- 42 events were held covering the following themes: sustainable food, consumption and mobility, and local nature.
- A model for sponsor activities in sustainable housing in two residential communities in the form of three guides (in Finnish):
- Strengthening the sustainable everyday choices and operating methods of residents (environmental benefits).
- Sense of community, inclusion and the management of daily life will improve.
- Improved trust and communication between the administration and residents.
- Replicable in other rental housing companies and supported housing units.
In collaboration with
- Helsinki Region Environmental Services HSY
- Ministry of the Environment