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How to make cities less ecologically harmful? 🤔 Close cooperation between researchers, decision-makers, and the public is one key element. 💡 Professor Ian MacGregor-Fors and his team have been studying the urban sustainability efforts of the City of Lahti, which was recognized as the 2021 European Green Capital. To the surprise of many, perhaps! 😱 Lahti is the 6th largest city in Finland and used to be known as an industrial city with one of the worst polluted lakes in Finland. 😬 Working as a team, the city, private companies, scientists, and voluntary citizens united to restore the lake’s water quality. 🤝 That’s where Lahti’s journey towards urban sustainability started, MacGregor-Fors argues. 🌳 Decision-makers in cities should take Lahti’s example and use research-based knowledge as a base for their decisions whenever it’s available! 🤓 The research group is continuing and scaling up their work on urban sustainability with the City of Lahti, with some exciting projects in the planning stage. Would you like to know more about how Lahti came to be the 2021 European Green Capital? Check out MacGregor-Fors & team’s article! 👇 https://doi.org/10.1093/jue/juab026 Photos: - Lahti aerial images by Jukka-Pekka Huotari / City of Lahti - Bird photos by Ian MacGregor-Fors - Group photo by Heidi Annala