Comfortable, cosy, clean and green living environment is important element of sustainable and smart regional development in both cross-border countries as well as high quality of life and health of citizens that can be ensured only if natural systems are preserved and appropriate quality of the environment is maintained. Local public authorities are playing important role in organizing of this environment. Citizens are playing important role in keeping living environment in good condition.

Sustainable environment can be preserved by comprehensive approach based on both technological and social innovations. Key stakeholders and target groups – decision makers, experts’ community, SMEs, local citizens should be aware of the modern green technologies and phase out the outdated approach and technological solutions. That is why our project Cool4City will focus on the social innovations promoting this comprehensive approach.

The project will influence a wide range of target groups from public local authorities to students and children studying in cross-border region. Cool4City will try to speak the “language” of each target group developing comprehensive, colourful and simple information visual materials. The project represents full and complex approach to organising of activities both theoretical and practical aimed at practical results, development of circular economy and involvement of social entrepreneurs. All achieved results and obtained knowledge will be further implemented in both countries. Sustainability of environment in cross-border countries can be tackled jointly since many of the problems are common especially


Project consortio

Starting March 2022 consortium is following:

  • Helsinki region enviromental services HSY
  • Metsäsairila Oy
  • Mikkelin Toimintakeskus ry
  • Green Net Finland ry

Earlier also partners:

  • Association of Ecologic Partnership (AsEP), St. Petersburg
  • St. Petersburg State Unitary Enterprise ”St. Petersburg Information and Analytical Centre (SPb SUE ”IAC”), (Lead Partner)

Project timeline and budget

Timeline of the project  25.2.2021-31.12.2022

South-East Finland-Russia CBC Programme 2014-2020

Total budget  623 382€ EUR, GNF 66 400€

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