UBC Good Practice Database UBCWHEEL helps us to steer ourselves towards sustainable future
Through the ages seamen have sailed the Baltic Sea and steered their ships through shoals and storms. Steering the wheel has helped them to avoid disastrous wrecks and to reach the aimed destination. The same way our WHEEL helps us to navigate towards clearer waters, offering our cities the chance to head to the right direction of sustainability.
The database offers Good Practices around the Baltic Sea Region. These are practices inserted by active cities themselves or identified from different sources. By login in, you are able to add new cases, rank cases and also link them.
Good Practices are actions, mechanisms or methods that provide positive results for a specific objective. In a Good Practice something new and different has been implemented. This can be new or different solutions to existing ones. Solutions can be completely new or incorporated by transference from other contexts.
In Good Practice, innovation can be found in the process (measures, contents, methods, approaches, tools), in the object (new areas of interest, new social groups) or in the context (adaptation or improvement on the cur-rent conditions, starting-up of networks).
Good Practice has a possible multiplying effect or transference to other areas; it should be visible, communicable, shareable (horizontally) and/or be possible to integrate and apply to systems and regulations (vertically). Good Practice is sustainable by being self-supporting. It has created a need for itself, it is being assumed as a service and/or it is able to produce improvements for the society.
The UBC Good Practice Database has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union (European Regional Development Fund) within the BSR INTERREG III B Neighbourhood Programme, TACIS, the Finnish Ministry of Environment, the partners of Integrated Management System for Russian Cities -project (2007-2009), and the Nordic Council of Ministers (2008).
Union of the Baltic Cities Commission on Environment is not legally liable for any of the information provided by the good practices introduced on this website. The contents of this site can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.