Green Cities for Eco-efficiency

Green Cities short course

General information


 3 weeks


2024 intake is cancelled
Teaching format


Tuition Fee

 € 4,050*



Academic deadline for OKP & MSP applicants (to apply for the course - 2024 cohort)


IHS general application deadline (if no visa or scholarship application concerned) 

Admissions information

Requirements and application procedure

OKP/MSP information

OKP: Procedure and deadlines

MSP: Procedure and deadlines

Course information and

Abbreviation code

ECO 2024

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

Cities are the primary source of growth and innovation but, at the same time, a 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 improving their overall green performance and eco-efficiency.

The course provides a collection of concrete local solutions and policies that cities in many countries are applying for integrating green concepts into their planning and managing processes. You will be introduced to the IHS-Green City Concept Framework (IHS-GCCF), and the different approaches cities around the world are promoting to become greener. Such as increasing urban green areas and energy efficiency; promoting circular economy, renewable energy, green (sustainable) transportation systems; greening urban services by promoting energy efficiency and using renewable energy to deliver drinking water, wastewater, stormwater 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?

You will learn about the recent paradigms of the green city concept, how to identify, analyse and measure the environmental and green performance of a city, the methodology used to prepare the IHS tools for measuring a green city's performance, and the IHS green city and livability. Furthermore, you will learn what actions should be taken in different sectors to improve a city's green performance.

How will I learn?

Green Cities for Eco-efficiency employs various learning methods, including lectures, group discussions, documentaries, field visits and group exercises. Many sessions will be dedicated to participants sharing 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 use this result to create a green city action plan for a town of their choosing.

Am I suitable for this training course? 

You can work for an NGO or as a government official, and you can be a consultant, an advisor, a lecturer, an academic or a researcher. If you are engaged in sustainable development or policymaking, 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
  • Circular economy
  • Green City Action Plan
  • Green Economy/Green Growth

The course is part of the IHS/EUR thematic area called Infrastructure and Green City (IGC), which capacity building projects such as Switch Asia Nepal II. 

IHS course on Green Cities for Eco-Efficiency

Green Cities for Eco-efficiency


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