Are you already closing loops? Igniting your journey to circular economy pathway!
Cities are mostly perceived as places where wealthy opportunities exist for everyone, this is one of the reasons why cities attract and concentrate large amount of inhabitants. This perception is to some extent true, and the reality of many people, but at the same time, cities represent an extremely resources demanding unit that causes direct or indirect environmental impacts which will ultimately affect people’s wellbeing. Cities consume 75% of natural resources, generate 50% of global wastes and emit 60-80% of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) (UNEP, 2018).
In this context, Circular Economy (CE) principles are relevant because they promote the conservation of natural resources by closing resources loops as a preventive way of wastes generation. Even further, CE is claimed as a compatible model for economic growth that is mainly focuses on reused, remanufactured and recycled raw resources rather than in the use of virgin resources. Therefore we put forward in this course the CE promising approach in connection with Climate change and Sustainability goals. Such an approach is in need of transitional requirements that we name in our program “enablers of CE”.
This course was developed to support the transitional planning towards Circular Cities (CC) and sustainability by means of the CC framework, which purpose is to step-wise guide the envisioning of strategic plans towards circularity practices that intrinsically enrich cities’ qualities and their intertwined ecosystems. To address these challenges and build an effective CE strategy, constant evaluation and refinement is required by relevant stakeholders from the industry, government and civil society. In fact, participatory methods will be part of our course to synchronize participation and facilitate collaboration.
Participants of this course can expect to learn how cities can be (re)designed to become more environmentally respectful and more socially inclusive by analyzing some CC existing successful cases. Some of the leading references in this regard are the Ellen McArthur Foundation, Metabolic, Circle Economy, UNEP, OECD, that have reported on the following cities: Copenhagen, London, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, etcetera.
- Participants will learn about the key features of Circular Economy (CE) and become aware of the CE opportunities to enhance the quality of people’s life and the environment
- Participants will learn what is needed to enable transitions from linear to CE at city level and some of Circular Cities successful examples.
- Participants will learn CE tools and how to design transitional pathways towards CE in cities, implying the development of strategic plans.
- Participants will experience some of the evaluative methods to identify specific material flows that offer circularity opportunities in a region.
- Participants will have hands on experience on participatory methods to create the vision of a city (region) to achieve some circularity targets.
- Participants will apply long-term planning tools to elaborate strategies to construct building-blocks towards Circular economy deployment at city level.
- Participants will learn about assessment methods to provide feedback and direction to the strategic plans of circular cities.
This course is interesting for...
This course would be most suitable for participants who already have a major degree or are currently enrolled to postgraduate studies (master’s students and PhD candidates). Interdisciplinarity is required for transitional studies therefore we celebrate the participation of any professional background in this summer course.
- Date: 2 - 15 August, 2021
- Format: Blended, first week online (2 - 8 August) and second week on-campus (9 - 15 August)
- Methods: Interactive lectures, hands on experience
- Course level: Intermediate/advanced
- Target group: Most suitable for students with a major degree or who are currently enrolled to postgraduate studies.
- Credits: 2 ECTS for successfully completing the summer school
Stay tuned! The course schedule will follow soon.