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 Julia Skinner

* 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.

Cities are the primary source of growth and innovation but at the same time large consumer of energy, and raw materials. The unsustainable model of our cities together with the advent of climate change, the shortage of fossil fuels and natural raw materials are forcing cities to rethink their way of planning and growth. 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 provides a collection of concrete local solutions and policies cities in many countries are applying for integrating green concepts into their planning and managing processes. You will be introduced to different approaches cities around the world are promoting to become greener such as increasing urban green areas, reducing energy consumption; promoting renewable energy and sustainable transportation systems; greening urban services by promoting energy efficiency and use renewable energy to delivers drinking water, wastewater, storm water and solid wastes services; promoting eco industrial parks; new methods in urban agriculture (food security), green homes and green economics & green growth tools being used to help cities to become green cities.

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?

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 participants will apply their newly obtained knowledge to measure how much green a city is (measuring the actual city environmental performance) and using this result to create a green city action plan for a city of their choosing.

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 specialisation (MFUI) and capacity building projects called Switch Asia Nepal.

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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