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Metabolism of Cities

This website attempts to group together tools and publications related to the metabolism of cities or urban metabolism (UM). The principal sections are the following:

MOOC on urban metabolism for policy makers now available

This is the first MOOC provided by the GI-REC (Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities). The GI-REC is a cooperation platform offered by UN Environment to connect different institutions that are using systems approach (and specifically urban metabolism) towards building low-carbon, resilient and resource efficient cities. This MOOC is produced and run for you by Metabolism of Cities, in partnership with the League of Cities of the Philippines and UN Environment. 

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News Sep 26, 2018

Using Urban Metabolism Tailor-Made Method Solutions to Promote Minority Education Workshop - University of Michigan, USA - November 9, 2018

Save the Date!Join us!Metabolism of Cities will hold a number of workshop and activities at the Sustainability and Development Conference 2018 at the University of Michigan, USAWorkshop: Using urban metabolism...

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News Sep 26, 2018

Urban Metabolism & Minority Pulse: An Education and Awareness Campaign Targeting Minority Groups - Columbia University, New York, USA - September 26, 2018

Join us! | Save the Date!Urban Metabolism & Minority Pulse: An Education and Awareness Campaign Targeting Minority GroupsWhat: The Sixth International Conference on Sustainable Development, Breaking Down...

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News Jun 07, 2018

Urban metabolism data hackathon for the city of The Hague

Four separate parties (the Municipality of The Hague, Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and The Hague University of Applied Sciences) have joined forces in a new partnership. They aim to...

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News Jun 05, 2018

Open Matchmaking Platform for Flanders

This project is funded by the Flanders Region/Vlaanderen Circulair (in the framework of the call for project Circular Cities) and is collaboration with Université Libre de Bruxelles.Our project is to...

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This website is an open source initiative launched in August 2014 as 'MFA Tools'. It was launched with the purpose of:

In January 2016 the website was renamed to Metabolism of Cities, to reflect the broadening scope to other methodologies.

All code for this website is hosted on github and we invite programmers to help us improve the website and the online MFA software. But you don't need to be a programmer to help improve this website (see below!). Sign up for our mailing list if you wish to receive updates about changes and additions.

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  • 25 Research projects listed, see the current research list.
  • 477 Papers and other publications listed in the database.
  • 9 Publication collections.
  • 302 Unique tags used for classifying publications.
  • 3294 Tags used in total.

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