WHEEL 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 UBC Good Practice Database (ubcwheel) was developed to answer to the need of local authorities to find practical examples complemented with suitable tools. The database was launched in March 2009 with 300 good practice examples in English and Russian. The Good Practice Database was created as part of the MATRUSCHKA project (2007-2009).


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).

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Union of the Baltic Cities Sustainable Cities Commission 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.

Photos for the UBC Good Practice Database

Photo credits

The photos on the UBCWheel website are the property of Union of the Baltic Cities Commission on Environment, except when another credit is mentioned. The reproduction of photos and illustrations is forbidden without prior authorization.


  • wheel: Stella Aaltonen
  • Aalborg Commitments 1,2,5,6,10 (AC1,AC2,AC5,AC6,AC10): Tero Wester
  • Aalborg Commitments 3,7,8,9 (AC2,AC7,AC8,AC9): Maria Bres
  • Aalborg Commitment 4 (AC4): city of Turku