Infrastructure and Green Cities (IGC)

IGC thematic area provides training, consultancy and research on topics related to infrastructure and green cities. This team is led by Dr Ogenis Brilhante who coordinates the Masters Specialization Track “Infrastructure and Green Cities: Managing Sustainable Water, Transport, Energy, Waste and Drainage Services” and the short course “Green city for Eco-efficiency”. Both programmes are designed around the IHS Green City Conceptual framework and two tools: one to measure green city performance over time, and the other to develop a Green City action Plan using the results of the first tool.

The IHS green city conceptual framework sees the city broadly composed of three elements: the built environment (infrastructure), the natural (environment) and the anthropogenic (citizens). Energy is the main entry point of this concept assuming that the overall promotion of energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy will steward the improvement of resource efficiency in all city activities, which will ultimately contribute to improve city green performance, sustainability and liveability.

The thematic area provides capacity building services on managing infrastructure assets focusing on energy, transport, building, water and sanitation sectors to help cities to make their public services greener, creating green policies and jobs to better respond to the technological and climate change challenges, and become greener (sustainable).

Current capacity building projects being implemented within the thematic area

  • “Sustainable Tourism and Green Growth for Heritage Settlements of Kathmandu Valley” (SWITCH Asia II), EU and UN-Habitat Nepal
  • Making South African cities greener in time of climate change: Strategies to reduce water and food production vulnerabilities caused by water extremes in partnership with the South African Council of Planners and Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality
  • Making Central America and Caribbean cities greener: Reducing water and food vulnerabilities caused by water extremes: Gender responsive strategies in times of climate change in partnership with University Galileo and FUNDAECO, Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Photo credit: Jurriaan Snikkers

Research at IGC

The following articles are examples of work published buy the IGC team: 

  • Brilhante, O. Klaas, J. 2018. Green City Concept and a Method to Measure Green City Performance over Time Applied to Fifty Cities Globally. Sustainability,10,2031
  • Brilhante, O. Skinner, J. 2018. Green City: A Tool to Measure Environmental Performance Over Time and a Methodology to Implement a Green City Action Plan Applied to Ten Asian Cities. UPPD 2018, Singapore. Best award paper of the conference

To see the full list of research and publications by the Infrastructure and Green Cities team please click here.