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Greening the Economy: Sustainable Cities

Lund University via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • Subject Sustainability
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
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  • Duration 5 weeks long
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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

Syllabus

Sustainable Urban Transformation
By studying this module you can gain an increased knowledge and a deeper understanding of sustainable urban transformation and sustainable cities

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.

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.

Future Urban Visions
By studying this module you can gain an increased knowledge and a deeper understanding of visions for sustainable cities.

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.

Taught by

Prof. Lena Neij, Kes McCormick, Prof. Harriet Bulkeley and Prof. James Evans

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Chris C
5.0 2 years ago
by Chris completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Excellent course! I highly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in a sustainable future. The transition from polluting to clean energy will be won or lost in the cities. Not in the mega cities but in the smaller ones. The course is very inspiring and shows a lot of sustainable cases from around the world.
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Sara C
5.0 3 years ago
by Sara completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This is given in the same style as 'Lessons from Scandinavia' and has the same difficulty. I really liked it because it makes emphasis on what we can accomplish from the cities and gives examples from different continents.
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James G
4.0 a year ago
by James completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
This course was a very interesting introduction into what steps cities are and must be taking to tackle climate change. The quizzes were relatively easy and just there to ensure you had read the material. Maybe could be more interesting with a few more peer-reviewed projects. I would recommend this course for those wanting to get an understanding of projects going on in different cities around the world that can be inspiring.
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Chris C
5.0 a year ago
by Chris completed this course.
Excellent course! The teaching material is high-quality and accessible at the same time. I really enjoyed this course. The lessons are very suitable for beginners and if you are already more experienced on the topic there are lots of links, websites, reports and additional information available.
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