Class Central is learner-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cities and Climate Change: Mitigation and Adaptation

Massachusetts Institute of Technology via edX


Cities - home to 55% of the global population, or 4.2 billion people - are responsible for up to 70% of human-caused fossil fuel emissions and therefore have a crucial role in addressing climate change across sectors. 11.270x Cities and Climate Change: Mitigation and Adaptation explores all of these areas with critical examination of the strategies cities have already deployed, enabling course participants to investigate urban climate change actions and develop policy recommendations for adaptation and mitigation response.

This instructor-paced course is equal parts information assimilation and hands-on application. Learners will gain a deeper understanding of fundamental theories of urban social and economic governance and evaluate these from the standpoint of climate resilience. Learners will improve their understanding of the operation of actors and systems involved in structuring policy and climate action. Through the perspectives of leading academics and practitioners, students will gain fundamental knowledge on core topics in urban climate mitigation and adaptation, including urban climate science, global warming, energy and transportation systems, environmental justice and equity, governance and policy, Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), land use planning, urban design, disaster risk management, among others.

Building on and working with the Urban Climate Change Research Network’s (UCCRN’s) scientific community, learners will hear from climate change experts in different disciplines to understand how challenges and opportunities are experienced across the world. They will apply insights gleaned in class to explore city-specific research on climate resilience strategies. This course offers a foundation of knowledge on cities and climate change, with the opportunity to apply what is learned through city case study research for climate policy and action.


Course Schedule

Module 1:

  • Week 1 - Cities and Climate Change
  • Week 2 - Urban Climate Change Impacts
  • Week 3 - Urban Energy and Transportation
  • Week 4 - Housing, Maladaptation and Social Dimensions of Climate Change

Module 2:

  • Week 5 - Climate Action
  • Week 6 - Nature, Environmental Protection and Climate Change
  • Week 7 - Urban Inhabitants and Health
  • Week 8 - Urban Case Studies

Module 3:

  • Week 9 - The Climate Action Plan (CAP)
  • Week 10 - Components of a Climate Action Plan
  • Week 11 - Drafting a Climate Action Plan
  • Week 12 - Bringing together a Climate Action Plan Prospectus

Taught by

Janelle Knox Hayes, Juan Camilo Osorio, Cynthia Rosenzweig, Daniela Coray, Maria Dombrov and Kevin Hsu


Start your review of Cities and Climate Change: Mitigation and Adaptation

Never Stop Learning.

Get personalized course recommendations, track subjects and courses with reminders, and more.