Completed Projects

UN-Habitat asked the SI to assemble a series of short booklets to educate city decision makers on the latest concepts in urban sustainability, in order to encourage them to contribute toward greener economies. The booklets focused on urban infrastructure, density, ecosystem services and urban competitiveness, and included case studies from around the world to inspire innovative approaches.

SI Team: Professor Mark Swilling, Blake Robinson

Output: https://unhabitat.org/series/urban-patterns-for-a-green-economy/

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This project looks at the resource requirements of projected urbanisation to 2050, and consists of the following components: (1) an estimation of the amounts of various resources required to accommodate the urban resource growth anticipated in the next 35 years, (2) Life Cycle Assessments of alternative/sustainable technologies and systems to estimate how they could reduce this overall resource impact, (3) an assessment of how urban morphology can reduce resource requirements, (4) case studies of cities pursuing integrated infrastructure planning to optimise resource use, and (5) the governance configurations required to achieve urban transitions toward more sustainable resource use.

Output: https://www.sustainabilityinstitute.net/consulting/research-publications?task=download&file=file&id=5667

Dates: 2014 - 2018

SI Team: Professor Mark Swilling, Blake Robinson, Josephine Musango, Paul Currie

Partners: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, University of California (Santa Barbara), University of Minnesota, Urban Morphology Institute

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