• Lecture

Climate College

  • Urban planning
  • Sustainability
Sep 4, Fri 08:30-13:00
Event type
Free Admission
Accessibility for all

Welcome to Climate College!

The Climate College introduces interesting speakers and viewpoints about urban planning and an eco-friendly future in cities. The day is hosted by the City of Helsinki as a part of Helsinki Design Week 2020. The Mayor of Helsinki, Jan Vapaavuori, will open the day.

Register here to attend Climate College.


Theme: Urban planning and an eco-friendly future 

Location: Helsinki City Hall and Online  

Time: 4th of September 8.30-13.00 UTC+2 

Host: Hanna Harris, Chief design officer, City of Helsinki 

Set 1: Urban planning – a dialogue between Helsinki and Beijing 

08:30 Registration and coffee 

08:40 Welcoming words 

The Mayor of Helsinki Jan Vapaavuori 

08:45 The climate crisis: An update with four graphs 

Pasi ToiviainenScience editor, documentarist, non-fiction author, PhD researcher 

09:05 The climate issue is: A consciousness issue- YINvest in mindful design  

Ms. Yanling Duanentrepreneur and design influencer  

09:20 Carbon Neutral Helsinki 2035 – Urban Planning perspective 

Alpo Tani, Urban planner, City of Helsinki 

09:30 Healthy Outdoor Premises for Everyone – HOPE: Citizen-sourced Air Quality Monitoring in Helsinki   

Jussi Kulonpalo, Project manager, Urban Innovative Action HOPE 

09:40 Sustainable transportation in a future city  

Kalle Vaismaa, Industry professor, Tampere University 

10:00 10 min break  

10:10 International Trends and Business Opportunities   

Irma Ylikangas, Senior business advisor, Helsinki Business Hub 

10:20 Panel discussion: The most functional city – how to enable it? 

Panel lead: Irma Ylikangas, Senior business advisor, Helsinki Business Hub 


  • Kalle Vaismaa, Industry professor, Tampere University 
  • Alpo Tani, Urban planner, City of Helsinki 
  • Maarit Kahila, CEO and co-founder, Maptionnaire 
  • Hannamari Jaakkola, Business development manager, Vaisala 

10:55 Comments and conclusion 

Ms. Yanling Duan 

11:10 Conclusion words 

Hanna Harris, Chief design officer, City of Helsinki 

11.15 Lunch break

Set 2: Challenges in the cities – sharing best practices and possibilities for collaboration 

12:00  Welcome back 

 12.05 Helsinki Energy Challenge – creating the future of heating to fight global warming 

Laura Uuttu-Deschryvere, Project director, City of Helsinki 

 12.20 How to build systemic climate solutions in city-business collaboration 

Tiina Kähö, Executive director, Smart & Clean Foundation 

 12.30 Pasila 5G 

Tapani Nevanpää, Senior advisor, City of Helsinki 

 12.40 Co-Creating resilient and sustainable Nordic Living  

Kerkko VanhanenProgramme director, Forum Virium Helsinki 

 12.50 Closing words  

Laura Uuttu-Deschryvere, Project director, City of Helsinki 

Leena JärviAssociate professor, University of Helsinki  



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