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Green Cities for Eco-efficiency

Degree type
Language of education
English (100%)
3 months
Tuition fee EU/EEA
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Netherlands Government
Type of institution
Institute for International Education

Program description

Half the world’s population now live in built-up areas, with an estimated 60 million people being added every year. To address this it is necessary to develop sustainable urban energy policies and best practices in efficient land use.

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 course will look at these  concrete local solutions and policies such as including green concepts in from the beginning of the planning and managing process, putting green space on an equal footing with buildings and infrastructure, achieving better energy reduction, increase water-sensitiveness & water conservation, design sustainable transportation, wastewater treatment, drainage, solid waste and urban agriculture (vertical farms) facilities as well as applying green financing and economics concepts and approaches. The training will end with participants preparing a practical study to measuring the overall environmental performance of their cities using the European Green city index methodology and designing an action plan to propose actions to improve the  environmental performance and eco-efficiency of their cities.

Target group
Local and national  elected representatives, policymakers,  city community leaders such as mayors and councillors, high officials in central government, NGOs  and private sector, Urban planes and professionals involved in improving the urban environment and wellbeing of the citizens.

Course objectives
On completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the latest thinking on green city concept,  elements and tools
  • To be able to identify, critically  analyze  and to measure the environmental performance of a city
  • To be able to successfully propose and develop projects, programs and policies to improve the l environmental performance of cities making them greener. 

Course Outline
This course employs a wide variety of formats to engage students in the material, including lectures, guest speakers, small group discussions, documentary films, student response pieces and activities (both in and out of class), role playing simulation exercises, participants led debates, and a final case study project and presentation on assessing the overall environmental performance of a city and develop an action plan to improve the city environmental performance to make it greener. Field visits to some Dutch experiences with green cities and environmental performance will complement the training.

About the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies

The Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) is an international centre of excellence of the School of Economics (ESE) and the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS) of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. IHS operates on a global scale by offering postgraduate education, training, advisory services and applied research.

IHS was selected as the winner for the 2007 UN-HABITAT Scroll of Honour Award for leading the way as a global center of excellence and knowledge through its high quality training programmes in housing, urban management and urban environmental management and planning.

In 2008 IHS celebrated its 50th anniversary of assisting countries, cities and institutions to find suitable approaches to housing and sustainable urban development, and strengthen their capacity to implement them.

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