The current course provides a specific overview of the urban metabolism approach and its relevance for policy makers. More than half of global population is now living in cities and urban areas are responsible for three quarters of global energy use greenhouse gases emissions. As such, cities are nodes of production and consumption activities that are essential actors to mitigate our environmental impact. Urban metabolism helps to understand the resources needs and pollution emissions of cities in a systemic way in order to propose comprehensive policies and avoiding potential trade-offs and rebound effects.
This specific course of Urban Metabolism provides up-to-date information for policy makers in obtaining a general understanding of the metabolism of cities, as well as provide the necessary elements to propose systemic urban environmental policies.
While this course is specifically meant for policy makers it can also be of interest for the following audiences:
This MOOC aims at analysing and assessing the sustainability of urban systems using urban metabolism as a guiding approach.
Module 0: Welcome to the course
Module 1: Introduction
Module 2: Accounting methodologies and indicators
Module 3: Case studies
Module 4: Online material flow analysis tool (OMAT)
Module 5: Urban metabolism policies
Module 6: Final Quiz
By the end of the MOOC, the participant should be able to:
A small quiz will be proposed at the end of each Module to ensure that participants have acquired key learnings. Participants can choose to watch again parts or the entire Module before moving on to new material. At the end of the course participants will be asked to take a multiple choice test. All participants that have followed all course modules as well as succeeded to their multiple choice test (with a grade higher than 70% - the test can be taken maximum three times) will receive a course certificate from Metabolism of Cities, League of Cities of the Philippines and UN Environment.
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 course has been developed and run by Metabolism of Cities, with the help and expertise of UN Environment and the League of Cities of the Philippines.
Unless otherwise specified this course is Copyright of UN Environment and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License
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CASTÁN CASTÁN BROTO, V., ALLEN, A. & RAPOPORT, E. 2012. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Urban Metabolism. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 16, 851-861.
PINCETL, S., BUNJE, P. & HOLMES, T. 2012. An expanded urban metabolism method: Toward a systems approach for assessing urban energy processes and causes. Landscape and Urban Planning, 107, 193-202.
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ZHANG, Y., YANG, Z. & YU, X. 2015. Urban Metabolism: A Review of Current Knowledge and Directions for Future Study. Environmental science & technology, 49, 11247-11263.