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Greening the Economy

Sustainable Cities

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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Lund University

Rating 4.5 based on 208 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Effort 5 weeks of study, 5 hours/week
Starts Jan 13 (10 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Lund University via Coursera
Instructors Dr. Kes McCormick, Prof. Lena Neij, Prof. James Evans, Prof. Harriet Bulkeley
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Engineering Science
Tags Social Sciences Governance And Society Physical Science And Engineering Environmental Science And Sustainability

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very interesting in 19 reviews

This course was very useful for country like india, this course was very interesting and useful for current sinerio.

The videos and readings, included extra readings, are very interesting.

Very interesting This class is fantastic!

Very interesting course.

interesting, not all but yes the part about mobility The reading and lectures are very interesting.

A very interesting, well developed and educational MOOC that highlights major changes and interventions in cities worldwide towards Sustainability.

I think this course was very interesting.

The course is very interesting and educational especially for someone from the developing world like me.

around the world in 14 reviews

The course is very inspiring and shows a lot of sustainable cases from around the world.

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.

Great overview of sustainable cities with many examples of actions happening in cities all around the world.

This course provide you a great range of specific vocabulary, figures and actions that are already taken around the world.

It is wonderful to learn about all the projects going on around the world.

I really liked the course, it was quite eye opening to all the different initiatives that are being developed around the world.

Especially loved Week 5 - examples around the world are the best things to grasp.

This course was very helpful as it provided us an exposure to the current environment issues and their relation with our economy.It also recommended us to use the alternatives available and briefly described their advantages.Learning the new things from the economies around the world,their development processes and the present scenario their had been shown and explained gorgeously.Overall it was a nice experience with course era and the LUND UNIVERSITY.....;} Interesting but too theoretic.

sustainable cities in 13 reviews

The videos and readings showcased interesting work and gave insights into actual groups and organizations taking action on sustainable cities.

very interesting and excellent material 1 Now, I can say that I can really think “out of the box”, as I have heard from many recognized and knowleadgeable professors and professionals from all over the world while attending to Greening the Economy: Sustainable Cities.

Great introduction to the concept / practical aspects of sustainable cities!

Greening the Economy: Sustainable Cities has been truly an eye-opening educational experience for me as a graduate architect and citizen of Mother Earth.

Ιt was a very interesting course.You will learn many things in an accesible way ,especially through videos.It is not necessary to have much knowledge on this subject ,to create a general point of view for sustainable cities and to become more sensitive on this matter.

This class was a GREAT introduction to the world of sustainable cities and taught me a lot about how to work to create climate sustainable cities.

Many cities Government in Indonesia is starting develop their cities with adopting smart sustainable cities and ICT.

with some famous NGO participated in,like WWF,, the class content gets more colorful.the overall view of sustainable cities really impressed me...I would like to share the course to my friends Great course!

about sustainability in 9 reviews

Excellent course for those who are passionate about sustainability.

This course has driven me to take up Urban Studies for my professional future and has also taught me that there's no going forward without educating ourselves about Sustainability development and most importantly, it's implementation.

The course provides an outstanding background about sustainability in a variety of fields.

As long as you are a person interest to know more about sustainability and how we (each individual) can do something, it's the right course for you.

I really enjoyed these 5 weeks and learned a great deal about sustainability processes and mechanisms in cities all over the world.

I thoroughly enjoyed learning about sustainability from concept stage to implementation stages and on the multitude of resources presented during the weeks.

thank you I learned so many things about sustainability in cities and it is only the begining!!

Congratulations Learned a lot about sustainability.

very informative in 9 reviews

It is carefully designed, very informative, and introduces you to many great professionals in the field of urban sustainability - academics, urban researchers, bloggers, etc..

Very informative course!

Very informative course as it made me aware how other cities worldwide especially in the Nordic countries are doing in greening their cities.

Course was very informative and interactive.

The course is very informative and promotes positive change.

Very informative, I study architecture and it was an amazing opportunity do improve my skills.

really good Very informative!

Excellent course I thought it was a very informative course with some great speakers and topics.

climate change in 7 reviews

This course was a very interesting introduction into what steps cities are and must be taking to tackle climate change.

A really helpful and informative course GREAT COURSE, essential for these moments of climate change Its an okey course, I think it doesnt go deep enough in topics and its more like a pinch of everything.

He did not describe the project any further than that, nor did he describe any of the following: budget, methodology, proposed time frame, or details of how it would mitigate the effects of climate change.

The videos seemed loosely tied around a common subject, but it might as well have been a YouTube playlist on overall concepts of cities needing to be aware of climate change.

Especially after the results of the US Election, which will put action on climate change in jeopardy, I think it's important to be as educated as possible about sustainability challenges and how we can meet them without the help of our President.

It opened my eyes to the timeline and years of development that certain strategies will take to meet deadlines and targets for meeting global climate change action pacts.


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Lund University

Rating 4.5 based on 208 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Effort 5 weeks of study, 5 hours/week
Starts Jan 13 (10 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Lund University via Coursera
Instructors Dr. Kes McCormick, Prof. Lena Neij, Prof. James Evans, Prof. Harriet Bulkeley
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Engineering Science
Tags Social Sciences Governance And Society Physical Science And Engineering Environmental Science And Sustainability

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