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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Cities are the primary source of growth and innovation but at the same time large consumer of energy, and raw materials. Most anthropogenic causes of greenhouse gas emissions are associated with urban activities. The actual “de-compacted functional” and 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. 

Course outline

The green city concept is one approach cities around the world are implementing to try to improve their overall environmental performance in order to become more competitive, equitable and sustainable. The green city approach is derived from different theories and concepts developed in the twenty century such as sustainable development, sustainable cities, green architecture, compact cities, green urbanism, sustainable urbanism and eco-cities.

The green city 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. Examples of these approaches are the promotion of a more equal  balancing between green and built spaces, reducing energy consumption; increasing water-sensitiveness & water conservation; more sustainable and smart transportation systems; greening urban services (wastewater treatment, drainage systems, solid waste systems); promoting eco industrial parks; and experimenting new methods in urban agriculture (such as vertical urban farms) which reduces energy consumption as well as improves food security by bringing location of food production nearer to the consumer markets. The course will also look at the green economics & green growth tools being used by cities to help them to become green cities.

Several visits to Dutch experiences using green city approaches as well as the invitation of guest lecturers from different countries bring practical contributions to help the participants to prepare two practical exercises: how green is your city (measuring city environmental performance) and Green City Action Planning.

On completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • understand the recent paradigms of green city concept (approaches, enablers and tools)
  • identify, analyse and measure the environmental performance of a city
  • recommend actions and identify right tools and instruments for improving a city’s environmental performance in different sectors

This course addresses local and national elected representatives, policymakers, city community leaders such as mayors and councilors, high officials in central government, NGOs and private sector, Urban planners and professionals involved in improving the urban environment and well-being of the citizens.

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 green cities. 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 specialization (MFUI), the one year program for Brazilians on Sustainable Urbanization (UMDSU) and the capacity building project called Switch Asia Nepal.


This course employs a wide variety of learning methods that will help in engaging the participants in course activities. The learning activities in the course will include classroom lectures, small group discussions, screening of pre-selected documentary films, field visits, and group exercises. There will be a number of dedicated sessions for participants’ experience sharing. Field visits to some Dutch initiatives with green cities will complement the training.

Various learning activities in the course are aligned with respective thematic areas which eventually converge into the IHS Concept of Green Cities and Green City Action Planning. In terms of content there is a balanced distribution of time allocated for each thematic area. Lectures for different thematic areas are given by very experienced and learned experts from the leading research and academic institutions, donor agencies, and professional practitioners.

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.

Previous schedule

GCEE (11 - 30 April 2016)

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