Greening the Economy: Sustainable Cities
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assignment Level : Introductive
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How can we shape urban development towards sustainable and prosperous futures? This course will explore sustainable cities as engines for greening the economy. We place cities in the context of sustainable urban transformation and climate change. Sustainable urban transformation refers to structural transformation processes – multi-dimensional and radical change – that can effectively direct urban development towards ambitious sustainability and climate goals. We will connect the key trends of urbanization, decarbonisation and sustainability. We will examine visions, experiments and innovations in urban areas. We will look at practices (what is happening in cities at present) and opportunities (what are the possibilities for cities going forwards into the future). We bring together a collection of diverse short films and key short readings on sustainable cities as well as interactive forums and a practical assignment to create an online learning community. This course provides key examples of activities to promote sustainable cities in Scandinavia, Europe and around the world. We utilize films and reports by WWF, the Economist Intelligence Unit, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, UN-Habitat, C40 Climate Leadership Group, Arup, Sustainia, the Rockefeller Foundation, and ongoing research projects. This course is produced by Lund University in cooperation with WWF and ICLEI. It is available for free to everyone, everywhere! The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University is an international centre of excellence on sustainable solutions. The IIIEE is ideally suited to understand and explain the interdisciplinary issues in sustainable cities and greening the economy utilising the diverse disciplinary backgrounds of its international staff. The IIIEE has been researching and teaching on sustainable solutions since the 1990s and it has extensive international networks connecting with a variety of organizations. 5 hours/week 5 weeks duration 30 films 10 teachers

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Syllabus

  • Week 1 - Sustainable Urban Transformation
    By studying this module you can gain an increased knowledge and a deeper understanding of sustainable urban transformation and sustainable cities
  • Week 2 - Infrastructure and Planning
    By studying this module you can gain an increased knowledge and a deeper understanding of the role of infrastructure and planning in creating sustainable cities.
  • Week 3 - Urban Living Labs
    By studying this module you can gain an increased knowledge and a deeper understanding of urban living labs and the role of experiments in sustainable cities.
  • Week 4 - Future Urban Visions
    By studying this module you can gain an increased knowledge and a deeper understanding of visions for sustainable cities.
  • Week 5 - Sustainable Urban Lifestyles
    By studying this module you can gain an increased knowledge and a deeper understanding of the relationship between sustainable urban lifestyles and sustainable cities.
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Instructors

Dr. Kes McCormick
Associate Professor and Assistant Head
International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics

Prof. Lena Neij
Professor and Director
International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics

Prof. James Evans
Visiting Researcher
International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics

Prof. Harriet Bulkeley
Visiting Researcher
International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics

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Lund University
Lund University was founded in 1666 and for a number of years has been ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 47 700 students and 7 500 staff based in Lund, Sweden. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.
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