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City of Jyväskylä: At the forefront of developing regional economy and sustainable well-being through Resource Wisdom

Resource Wisdom, a scalable operating model for cities and regions to create sustainable well-being from a circular and carbon-neutral economy

As actions towards climate change become more prominent and cities around the world have to balance between economic priorities, environmental aspects and citizens’ well-being, new models of operation become increasingly important. That is why the city of Jyväskylä has embarked on a journey where economic success can be found through responsible actions that not only are sustainable but also increase well-being in the city. This phenomenon is called Resource Wisdom.

What is Resource Wisdom?

  • It prepares societies for future global changes and increases local resource and financial independence.
  • The road to Resource Wisdom includes, for example, transitions to circular economy, material life-cycle management, improvements in energy and material efficiency, and adaptation of renewable energy sources.

However, it is important to keep in mind that Resource Wisdom does not only happen at a business level but in people’s everyday lives. Therefore, Resource Wisdom is also implemented as a cooperation model between local residents, businesses and communities. In Jyväskylä, positive results have been recorded through community engagement at the grassroots level where the best practice is to do it together and encourage experimentation.

What are the positive effects of Resource Wisdom?

  • It offers new business opportunities and jobs
  • It empowers an efficient and a sustainable use of environmental resources while it decreases local consumption and greenhouse gas emissions - Offers considerable savings with relative ease.
  • Considers the latest technological and managerial trends for more efficient use of resources (for example, the possibilities of digitalization)

Ultimately, the goal of Resource Wisdom is to create a waste-free, emissions-free, rationally consuming city of sustainable well-being. Do more with less = Smaller consumption of resources can lead to improved well-being and economy.

City of Jyväskylä is now introducing Resource Wisdom on an international level

Fortunately, Resource Wisdom is scalable. This is to say that the same model of operation can be implemented at cities around the world. Through Jyväskylä’s pool of experts and top level Cleantech companies, Jyväskylä is looking forward to offering Resource Wisdom consultation, training and design services abroad in:

  • Sustainable Communities
  • Renewable Energy
  • Circular Economy
  • Water
  • Sustainable Transport
  • Food

For more information, please contact

Pirkko Melville , R&D Manager - Strategy and Urban Development, City of Jyväskylä, +358 40 565 3066, pirkko.melville[at]

Satu Freyberg, CEO, Induco, +358 40 096 6112, satu.freyberg[at]

16.5.2016Mikael Ratschinskij

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