Finnish Sustainable Communities ─ the FISU network ─ are a group of forerunner communities committed to becoming carbon neutral and waste-free as well as curbing overconsumption by 2050 or earlier. The network shares best practices and reliable knowledge about new opportunities in the field. The FISU communities develop their policies and procedures together in peer support. The municipality, companies and other local operators build a common vision and a road map in order to reach the set goals. They recognize new ways and possibilities to work in cooperation for resource wise future. This will strengthen the economy both at the community and regional level while creating new jobs and promoting sustainable well-being. The network provides cities and communities with useful tools and methods to renew their industrial and social policies to be truly sustainable. The transition will be quicker in collaboration with other FISU communities than alone. For the time being there are eight members in the network: Forssa, Ii, Jyväskylä, Kuopio, Lahti, Lappeenranta, Turku and Vaasa.
At the WCEF marketplace we will present a unique operating model for cities and regions how to create sustainable well-being from a circular and carbon neutral economy. FISU-network will present examples of experiments and the steps our eight cities have taken in close cooperation with different groups of regional stakeholders to reach the ambitious aims.