The City of Tartu, Estonia, 2022 recipient of an STA Honorable Mention, is acting on the trends of today and working toward a sustainable future for the city, including its ecology, built environment and urban mobility. Concentrating on mobility for people, the city brings its residents together and facilitates cooperation towards overarching objectives. Such cooperation is not done on the road, but rather while staying put. In a world of fewer resources and dramatic changes in climate, a compact, citizen-friendly city concept goes hand-in-hand with building resilient societies. 

Building on these objectives, Tartu has implemented a multi-pronged approach to get more people out of their cars and on more environmentally-friendly transport that brings people together. City-wide bike-sharing, biogas buses, strategic transport system design and programming in public spaces aim to create greater access for Tartu’s residents and therefore cultivate its natural environment. 

In this webinar, we will hear from Tartu City representatives on lessons learned from the process of implementing sustainable mobility solutions, as well as the city’s future plans to reach 75% travel by green modalities by 2040.




About the Speakers

Tõnis Arjus Head of the Department of Sustainable Urban Planning, City of Tartu

Tõnis is the City Architect in Tartu, and the Head of the Sustainable Urban Planning Department.  Tõnis has been the City Architect for the last 9 years and has been working around the issues concerning public space and sustainability. Under his oversight, a number of annual national architecture awards have been granted to projects in Tartu and along with other successfully managed proposals, which brought the city a significant amount of recognition in Estonia. Tõnis bases his practice on the historical examples and attributes of Tartu. He obtained his master’s degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from the Estonian Academy of Arts.

Aksel-Johannes Part Mobility Specialist, City of Tartu 

 Aksel is the Mobility Specialist at the Department of Sustainable Urban Planning of Tartu City Government where he is coordinating the city’s ambitious efforts in sustainable urban mobility. Previously, he has been active in the field both as a local activist as well as a specialist in the non-governmental sector. Aksel’s educational background is in social sciences and urbanism and he holds his bachelor’s degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Manchester, and a master’s degree in Urban Strategies and Design from the University of Edinburgh.

Kaspar Alev Climate Change Specialist, City of Tartu

Kaspar is the Climate Specialist for the Department of Sustainable Urban Planning of Tartu City Government. He has been working for Tartu City over 10 years managing issues around energy efficiency and sustainability, and he is a co-author of Tartu’s Climate Action Plan “Tartu 2030”. Kaspar has a master’s degree in Industrial Ecology from the Tallinn University of Technology.


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