Here you'll find more information about some of the solutions developed in pilots and other projects of the Sustainable City prgramme as well as more information about the programme's publications and ongoing work.
A well-being park is a green environment where art and nature come together to activate residents and support their wellbeing in the municipality of Ii.
Multi-objective urban planning is a reconciliation of different needs and perspectives. The cross-examination and coordination of the characteristics, different needs and objectives of the planning area is challenging in multidisciplinary projects. Timely discussion and decision-making help to find suitable solutions for different locations.
The aim of the KERI experiment was to raise awareness among Riihimäki residents on sustainable services and to get city residents to choose these, to form a community that supports a sustainable lifestyle, and to outline the operating model of a goods and items loaning point. The experiment was implemented through meetings, discussion, communication, networking and gathering observations, findings and ideas.
A handbook was compiled on sustainability management in municipalities. The handbook supports the interpretation and utilisation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in cross-sectoral sustainable development at the local level.
A mindfulness park was designed in Jämsä to address the needs of local residents, tourists and health care as a counterbalance to a hectic lifestyle.
Cities need information on the location of water-permeable and impermeable surfaces in their territory for land planning, flood risk analyses and simulations.
The title and point of the City of Vaasa's strategy is “Nordic Energy Capital – energy for a good life". The project will form a shared view of how residents are linked to the city's most important strategic theme through concrete measures for sustainable development. The Invånarenergisk Vasa project operationalises and strengthens the multi-vocal resident interpretation of the energy capital.
The project “Awfully wonderful! – Making sustainable actions visible by means of environmental art” of the Lappeenranta urban planning division, in collaboration with various other actors, makes the city's versatile work for sustainable development visible through environmental and urban art implemented in the city environment.
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.
The project examined more sustainable and communal urban housing opportunities with the aim of creating a space where the residents of the area can get their fingers dirty the soil and spend time together planting.
The Lapua experiment developed Liuhtari outdoor areas through workshops and other participatory activities. Functional elements have been lacking in the area and unhindered access has been difficult. The aim is for green areas to be used more and for more encounters between special groups and other urban residents to take place in green areas.
It is important for municipalities to support and develop event production from the grassroots level with a view to the local community, image and regional economy. As the number of experiential elements in events increases, it is also important to respond to eco-social challenges without crippling the flow of ideas, the joy of doing things and smooth event production.
The project examined the links between social sustainability and a circular economy and highlighted relevant examples and development needs in Finnish municipalities. The work was targeted especially to experts in social sustainability, inclusion, circular economy and carbon reduction in municipalities and regions, and to NGOs and companies.
The objective of the project carried out by the City of Lappeenranta was to create a new life for the reusable material that was thrown away. The operating model of the materials reuse centre has been created, and the first material donations have been received from companies, and they have been distributed to schools as working material.
The pilot aims to develop interactive and participatory work that enhances sustainability. The implementation of a common urban strategy requires resident-driven action and activation to engage all actors in promoting sustainable development and achieving the relevant targets. The purpose of the project is to produce new information and operating models, especially for the needs of municipalities with less than 10,000 inhabitants.
The experimental project involved the development of a network activity model and the creation of the Hiedanranta forum, which is a network that brings together urban development actors. The model makes Hiedanranta in Tampere an attractive and carbon-negative district.
The aim of the experiment was to find new ways to support regional inclusion and reduce inequalities. The experiment involved providing lunches for families with children at three park sites, for which there was an increased need due to the corona crisis.
The aim of the project was to support cities, ministries and other stakeholders in monitoring sustainable urban development by developing a set of indicators.
In the KELI (Promoting more sustainable mobility with the help of a carbon footprint calculator) project, the carbon footprint calculator is used to study how messages alerting to health impacts steer mobility behaviour.
Kerava tried out an ecological urban bike system. Abandoned bicycles were refurbished into city bikes for the use of residents. The aim was to create and achieve a sense of community among municipal residents and to reduce the number of bicycles borrowed illegally.
Kuopio developed the Kettu (fox) recycling mobile game as a tool for schools to use as part of environmental education, especially in the themes of sustainable consumption and sorting. The game is used to get people to think about their own consumption choices and to provide diverse information on sustainable consumption solutions.
The project developed an operating model to support the scaling of good practices in sustainable urban development.
The aim of the experiment was to produce a visually impressive interactive roadmap for 2030 on the principles of sustainable urban development in Rauma. The work was carried out with extensive cooperation and inclusion.
The regional committees of Kouvola serve as a link between residents, companies, organisations, educational institutions, city authorities and other parties involved. The committees can bring the sustainability perspective to people's everyday lives in a practical manner. The project brainstorms and tries out different ways of promoting sustainable modes of operation by which to increase biodiversity in local nature.
The use of the participatory budgeting method is an initiative of the Sipoo Municipal Council from 2014. The aim of the project was to involve the residents in the park's planning process so that they can participate in and influence the choices made. An important starting point was that the park would be designed as an attractive and safe meeting place for residents of different ages. The final general plan for the park was designed according to what the residents had themselves decided by voting on the alternatives.
The aim is to create indicators for measuring the impact of measures that promote smart use of resources to support the work on roadmaps and leadership that promote the sustainability of towns and cities and their implementation.
The NääsMaaS experiment involved a joint transport service from school to hobbies or a selected drop off point for young people in grades 3-9. The experiment reduced private motoring and the resulting environmental damage. This also saved parents’ time and nerves. In the long term, the service offers children more equal opportunities for low-threshold hobbies.
The project produced an up-to-date picture of the situation with respect to railway station districts and their development needs and created operating models for the co-development of railway stations to be used in different areas.
Immigrants do not often participate in the development of the urban environment and their voices are not heard. We discussed the challenges of participation with five organisations and sought solutions. The challenges include the lack of a culture of participation, language proficiency and access to information on opportunities for participation.
The aim of the project was to increase the participation of foreign-language speakers and residents with different cultural backgrounds in land use planning and also to encourage them to examine their own residential area and neighbourhood in a more extensive manner as well as the give opinions on its development.
The project will build a digital collaboration platform for the cross-administrative resource wisdom work of the City of Jyväskylä, or a digital portal. It will be used for developing and improving the management, transparency, accessibility and visualisation of data used for monitoring and managing resource wisdom work by making them more systematic.
The segregation of population groups has been found to cause recognised and harmful impacts over generations and social impacts. The aim of the report was to identify whether segregation can be observed in the urban region and what special features are associated with segregation, and to prepare recommendations for measures to manage segregation.
In the scope of the experiment, an operating model for producing an operating model for high-quality environmental communications was built together by several municipalities. The aim was to generate Finland's most effective and fun local climate and environmental communication in a positive and solution-oriented manner.
Vantaa has been making long-term efforts to develop inclusion and environmental responsibility as regards meal services in its day-care centres, schools and educational institutions. Still, the percentage of meals taken remains too low, and the climate responsibility of meal services should be increased. The objectives of the project are to increase the percentage of meals taken, to reduce the carbon footprint of catering services and to teach the principles of a sustainable lifestyle to children and young people.
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.
Lahti was the European Green Capital 2021, and one of the four main themes of the theme year is inclusion. Lahti already does versatile inclusion work, but overall management of inclusion requires new tools. The project will continue and strengthen the inclusion work launched during the theme year and create and pilot an operating model for interactive sustainability work.
The experiment produced a tool for planning climate-start station areas to assist urban planning The tool is based on the Low Carbon District concept developed in the EU-funded SMART-MR project. The concept consists of four areas: Land use, housing, mobility, and services and livelihoods.
A total of 36 municipalities joined forces to work on the monitoring of sustainable development. As a result, recommendations were issued for promoting sustainable development in municipalities and for supporting municipal sustainability work at the national level.
Team coaching was implemented in the experiment, which utilised the facilities of the botanical garden of the University of Oulu and various nature elements. It is based on a solution-oriented approach, playfulness and gamification. The experiment was launched, on the one hand, to support the teamwork of the teams in the university's service units, and, on the other hand, a shortage of networking and peer support had been identified among the City of Oulu’s contact persons for sustainable development.
The Future Workshop for Sustainable Development (TUPA) project strengthens the resident-based approach and their inclusion in the City of Espoo's programme work. The project develops and pilots a new model of resident inclusion, in which a number of residents from different backgrounds are given an opportunity to contribute to the achievement of the city's climate and sustainability objectives in future workshops.
The urban living room is an environment in which culture, leisure time and services, as well as nature come together as an entity that activates residents and supports their well-being. The aim is to find a mindset shared by municipal actors, organisations and companies that will catalyse collaboration and concrete event production in the area of Hämeensaari, which has been underused for a long time, and to enhance understanding of the needs of special groups.
The project will create a model for socially sustainable and smart urban planning, based on the use of libraries as places of interaction. This would establish a new kind of link between cultural services and urban planning. Particular attention will be paid to the methods of hybrid participation and the use of resident information across sectoral boundaries in municipalities.
The aim was to develop a people-oriented sense of place and local identity in a rural village which became a part of City of Vaasa 7 years ago.
Young people's analyses of the walkability of routes and public places. The tool was tested in the cities of Kangasala, Espoo and Tampere. In addition to urban planning, young people taking part in the labs learned the basic skills of participation: Questioning, listening, viewing, brainstorming and teamwork.
In the project, a set of easy-to-use and inspiring advice and tips was compiled for promoting inclusion in municipalities. The package is targeted especially to municipal office holders, but it can also be used by NGOs and companies.
The aim of the project is to identify and solve joint sustainability challenges of cities, towns and municipalities. The challenge bundles were ‘inclusion and sense of community’, ‘green areas nearby and health’, ‘station districts’, and ‘circular economy and joint use’.
The aim of the experiment was to increase young people's experience of participation experience in climate and sustainable development decision-making through encounters between young people and decision-makers. In the developed operating model, young people invite decision-makers from their home city to take part in discussion during three different events.