The unsustainable model of our cities, together with the advent of climate change, the shortage of fossil fuels and natural raw materials are forcing cities to rethink their way of planning and growth. In this context, cities are responding with arrays of options or levers at their disposal when it comes to the task of improving their overall environmental performance and eco-efficiency.
The Green Cities for Eco-efficiency course offered by the Erasmus University Rotterdam provides a collection of concrete local solutions and policies cities in many countries are applying for integrating green concepts into their planning and managing processes.
You will be introduced to the IHS-Green City Concept Framework (IHS-GCCF) and the different approaches cities around the world are promoting to become greener. Such approaches include: increasing urban green areas; reducing energy consumption; promoting renewable energy and sustainable transportation systems; greening urban services by promoting energy efficiency and use renewable energy to deliver drinking water, wastewater, storm water and solid waste services; promoting eco-industrial parks; using new methods in urban agriculture (food security), focusing on green homes and green economics; using green growth tools to help cities become green cities.
Green Cities for Eco-efficiency employs a wide variety of learning methods including lectures, group discussions, documentaries, field visits and group exercises. A number of sessions will be dedicated for participants to share their experiences from their respective countries. At the end of the course participants will apply their newly obtained knowledge to measure how much green a city is (measuring the actual city environmental performance) and using this result to create a green city action plan for a city of their choosing.
Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands
You can apply until:
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Thematic coverage of the course is built upon the Green City Concept developed at IHS. It provides a framework of entry points and enablers that play a critical role in making green cities. Thematic areas covered in the course are:
If you are engaged in sustainable development policy making as a government official, working for NGO, a consultant, an advisor or a lecturer or you are an academic or researcher in sustainable development then this course is right for you.
This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.
We welcome applications from prospective students with a wide variety of backgrounds, all related to the field of urban management and development. Each application is considered carefully, taking the individual potential of the applicant into account. Before you start your application, please read the application procedure and admissions information carefully.
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