Municipalities and other organizations have been active in promoting the goals of sustainable development, but even good results may remain individual and scattered achievements or fade after the end of a development project.
The Leverage Sustainable City Project (VIPU) developed new scaling methods and tested how proven tools can be translated into concrete actions in municipalities. The project also produced criteria for identifying good practice in sustainable urban development: Good practice must have an impact on more than one dimension of sustainable development. Demand for the solution must be found in the municipalities, the results must be verifiable and the needs of different stakeholders must be taken into account at different stages of the process. In order for solutions to be truly implemented in practice, they must also be carefully documented.
The scaling up of good practice can refer to actions of very different scales. In the narrowest sense, it can mean adopting a good practice that strengthens the activity and makes it more effective where it is created. The practical extension will take the solution to other environments and destinations or to a nationwide scale. The greatest impact is achieved when the solution is mainstreamed and leads to wider changes in society, such as legislation or people’s values.
Scaling requires tools that support the practical implementation of the solution and its adaptation to new conditions. “The wider adoption of good solutions will make it possible to achieve the SDGs faster and more efficiently. solutions to overcome them “, Program Manager Virve Hokkanen says.
Good practices do not evolve, evolve, or move forward without people doing practical work — those who develop their own actions and those who have the curiosity to follow the accomplishments of others. “At the heart of good practice always seems to be an enthusiastic individual or team who knows what to do and why. It’s been great to see how willing these people have been to share what they’ve learned and how enthusiastic they can be,” says the senior researcher. Kaisa Schmidt-Thomé which led the project. “These teams are really creating something new, and it would be important to pay attention to the accomplishments they deserve,” he says.
The project was implemented as part of the Sustainable City program coordinated by the Ministry of the Environment, which aims to promote the sustainable development of cities and municipalities. The work was carried out by a consortium of Demos Helsinki, Finnish Consulting Group FCG and Tyrsky Consulting, supported by a steering group of representatives from the Ministry of the Environment, the Prime Minister’s Office for Sustainable Development and municipalities. The Sustainable City program will continue to work on scaling and developing tools for this. The program provides support to cities and municipalities for both communication activities related to the dissemination of good practices and inter-municipal dialogue, as well as the concrete use of good solutions.
Source: Ministry of the Environment
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