About this Course
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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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Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 5 hours/week

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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2 hours to complete

Sustainable Urban Transformation

By studying this module you can gain an increased knowledge and a deeper understanding of sustainable urban transformation and sustainable cities...
Reading
8 videos (Total 45 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
Sustainable Urban Transformation5m
Sustainable Cities7m
Urban Climate Governance14m
The Efficient City7m
WWF Housing2m
ICLEI Participatory Urban Agriculture in Quito, Ecuadorm
The Urban Green – Part I6m
Reading4 readings
Course syllabus10m
Grading10m
Readings Week 110m
About the team10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 120m

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3 hours to complete

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....
Reading
7 videos (Total 47 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
Building Standards in the Built Environment22m
Lighting the Future7m
Cities and Climate3m
WWF Transport1m
ICLEI Building Urban Resilience in Boulder, USAm
The Urban Green - Part II5m
Reading2 readings
Readings Week 210m
Green Urban Initiative: Example Submissions10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 220m

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1 hour to complete

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....
Reading
7 videos (Total 49 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Urban Living Labs7m
Urban Innovation and Living Labs18m
Governance of Urban Sustainability Transitions6m
WWF Positive2m
ICLEI Energy Housekeeping in Seoul, Republic of Korea2m
The Urban Green - Part III4m
Reading1 reading
Readings Week 310m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 320m

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Section
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1 hour to complete

Future Urban Visions

By studying this module you can gain an increased knowledge and a deeper understanding of visions for sustainable cities....
Reading
7 videos (Total 45 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Smart Sustainable Cities7m
Earth Hour City Challenge18m
Visions and Pathways 20404m
WWF Food2m
ICLEI Carbon Literacy in Manchester, UKm
The Green Urban - Part I5m
Reading1 reading
Readings Week 410m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 420m
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Top Reviews

By JBMay 18th 2017

I'm very happy I took this course! It taught me many aspects of sustainable development within cities and it gave me some ideas. It was inspirational. It wasn't too long, nor boring. Just right.

By NMAug 31st 2017

Great introduction to the concept / practical aspects of sustainable cities! Easy to understand with the examples provided. I hope there will be a more advanced course for this subject.

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

About Lund University

Lund University was founded in 1666 and has for a number of years been ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 47 700 students and 7 500 staff based in Lund, Sweden. Lund University unites tradition with a modern, dynamic, and highly international profile. With eight different faculties and numerous research centres and specialized institutes, Lund is the strongest research university in Sweden and one of Scandinavia's largest institutions for education and research. The university annually attracts a large number of international students and offers a wide range of courses and programmes taught in English. ...

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