Green Cities for Eco-efficiency


   3 weeks


   09 April – 26 April 2018

Tuition Fee

   € 2,750*



IHS application deadline   

  EU: 09 March 2018/non-EU: 9 February 2018**

Admissions information

   Requirements and application procedure

NFP information

   Procedure and deadlines

Abbreviation code

   ECO 2018

Course information


Course coordinator

   Dr.  Ogenis Brilhante  and Somesh Sharma

* Please note that for EU participants, the VAT of 21% will apply. The tuition fee stated above is excluding the VAT.

** If you require a Visa, we advise you to apply at least one month before the IHS application deadline.

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What will I learn?

What are the recent paradigms of the green city concept? How can you identify, analyse and measure the environmental performance of a city? What actions should be taken in the different sectors to improve a city’s environmental performance?

Cities are the primary source of growth and innovation but at the same time large consumers of energy and raw materials. The unsustainable model of our cities, together with the advent of climate change and the shortage of fossil fuels and natural raw materials, is forcing cities to rethink their way of planning and managing growth . In this context, cities need a variety of options and levers at their disposal in order to improve their overall environmental performance and eco-efficiency.

The course provides a collection of concrete local solutions and policies that cities in many countries are applying in order to integrate green concepts into their planning and managing processes. You will be introduced to the green economics and green growth tools being used to help cities increase urban green areas, reduce energy consumption and promote renewable energy, create sustainable transport systems and improve wastewater treatment, drainage system and solid waste systems. 

How will I learn?

Green Cities for Eco-efficiency employs a wide variety of learning methods including lectures, group discussions, documentaries, field visits and group exercises. A number of sessions will be dedicated for participants to share their experiences from their respective countries. At the end of the course you will apply your newly obtained knowledge to measure the environmental performance of a city of your choosing and create a green city action plan using the information they have acquired.

Am I suitable for this training course?

If you are engaged in sustainable development policy making as a government official, working for NGO, a consultant, an advisor or a lecturer or you are an academic or researcher in sustainable development then this course is right for you.

Please check our admission requirements to ensure you meet the minimum requirements for the course.

Thematic areas

Thematic coverage of the course is built upon the Green City Concept developed at IHS. It provides a framework of entry points and enablers that play a critical role in making cities green. Thematic areas covered in the course are:

  • Green City Concept, IHS
  • Spatial Form for Green Cities
  • Green Transport, Buildings and Energy
  • Greening Urban Services and urban agriculture
  • Green City Action Plan
  • Green Economy/Green Growth

The course is part of the IHS/EUR thematic area called Managing and Financing Urban Infrastructure coordinated by Dr. Ogenis Brilhante which include a master’s specialisation (MFUI) and capacity building projects called Switch Asia Nepal.[JO11] [DY12] 

How to apply

Interested in participating in this post-graduate diploma course? Make use of the IHS online application system. Find out more about the application procedure and admission requirements.

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