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Smart Urban Green Infrastructure

Understand how carbon-smart green infrastructure can mitigate climate change impacts in urban areas.

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Smart Urban Green Infrastructure

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  • 5 weeks

  • 3 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Explore the potential of carbon-smart green infrastructure

Green infrastructure aims to reduce the impacts of climate change with a network of green areas. Building with nature rather than against it, green infrastructure can increase biodiversity in densely populated regions and help solve climate challenges.

On this five-week course, you’ll learn the different approaches to carbon-smart urban green infrastructure and how it can be considered a solution to simultaneously deal with climate and social pressures.

You’ll investigate the advantages of carbon-smart urban green infrastructure and their applications to urban contexts. With this knowledge, you’ll have the tools and methodologies you can use immediately in your work.

Understand current urban mobility challenges

You’ll delve into how urban mobility impacts human life and society before exploring some of the current mobility challenges.

Once you have identified these challenges, you’ll explore emerging mobility technologies to understand how you can overcome them.

Delve into the concept of urban nature

To understand the environmental impacts of the built environment and urban mobility, you’ll gain an understanding of urban nature and ecosystems.

You’ll learn how carbon cycling works in urban habitats, how to integrate existing vegetation into urban areas, and biodiversity threats. Next, you’ll discover how to navigate these challenges, such as through nature-based solutions.

Learn how to design a green city

Finally, you’ll explore the practices of designing a green city. You’ll look at the possibilities of integrating nature as well as the strategic planning, construction, and management of a green city.

Guided by the experts at EIT Urban Mobility, you’ll finish the course with the knowledge and confidence to implement carbon-smart green infrastructure.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Mobility Challenges

    • Introduction to the online course

      In this section we have gathered some useful information on the course objectives and outline, the course faculty as well as methods to enhance the learning experience. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with the information.

    • Introduction to Week 1

      Welcome to Week 1 of Smart Urban Green Infrastructure online course. Please read the intro article carefully and watch the Welcome to Week 1 video.

    • Current Urban Mobility Challenges

      This week introduces current urban mobility challenges.

    • Wrapping up week 1

      Let’s review the key learning points from this week.

  • Week 2

    Urban Nature and Ecosystems

    • Introduction to Week 2

      Welcome to Week 2 of Smart Urban Green Infrastructure online course. Please read the intro article carefully and watch the Welcome to Week 2 video.

    • Carbon Cycling

      This section of the week introduces urban nature, ecosystems and carbon cycling.

    • Human Impacts on Urban Nature and Ecosystems

      In this section of the week we take a look on the human impact on urban nature and ecosystems.

    • Urban Vegetation

      During this section of the week we investigate the role of vegetation in urban spaces and ecosystems.

    • Wrapping up week 2

      Let’s review the key learning points from this week.

  • Week 3

    Environmental Urban Mobility Impacts and Urban Nature as Infrastructure

    • Introduction to Week 3

      Welcome to Week 3 of Smart Urban Green Infrastructure online course. Please read the intro article carefully and watch the Welcome to Week 3 video.

    • Environmental Urban Mobility Impacts

      This section of the week focuses on environmental urban mobility impacts.

    • Urban Nature as Infrastructure

      This section of the week focuses on urban nature as infrastructure.

    • Wrapping up Week 3

      Let’s review the key learning points from this week.

  • Week 4

    Designing the Green City

    • Introduction to Week 4

      Welcome to Week 4 of Smart Urban Green Infrastructure online course. Please read the intro article carefully and watch the Welcome to Week 4 video.

    • Urban Green as Infrastructure

      During this section of the week we will explore some implementations of urban green as urban infrastructure.

    • Planning Urban Green

      During this section of the week we will dive into the historic context of urban green, the discourse between dense city and urban nature as well as have a look at the possibilities of different planning approaches.

    • Wrapping up Week 4

      Let’s review the key learning points from this week.

  • Week 5

    Constructing and Managing the Green City

    • Introduction to Week 5

      Welcome to Week 5 of Smart Urban Green Infrastructure online course. Please read the intro article carefully and watch the Welcome to Week 5 video.

    • Constructing Urban Green Infrastructure

      In this section of the week we take a closer look at the construction of urban green infrastructure.

    • Green Infrastructure in Traffic Environments

      During this section of the week we will focus on green infrastructure in traffic environments.

    • Wrapping up week 5

      Let’s review the key learning points from this week.

    • Wrapping up the Smart Urban Green Infrastructure Online Course

      Let’s review the key learning points from the whole course.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Assess the impact of mobility infrastructure on climate change
  • Identify the potential of carbon smart urban green infrastructure to mitigate climate change
  • Identify the benefits of urban green infrastructure to human wellbeing
  • Reflect on your surroundings and applications for smart urban green infrastructure
  • Collect knowledge, context and different ways of applying carbon smart urban green infrastructure from case examples
  • Apply basic principles of urban green infrastructure to your planning tasks
  • Report your learnings to your team and reflect together

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for urban mobility and transportation professionals, urban planners, and other professionals working in this field at any stage of their career.

Who will you learn with?

Experienced executive education and professional development professional in Aalto University Executive Education Ltd.

Mikko Laak is an executive education and professional development professional who works as Program Manager at Aalto University Executive Education.

Who developed the course?

EIT Urban Mobility

EIT Urban Mobility is an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Since January 2019 we have been working to encourage positive changes in the way people move around cities in order to make them more liveable places. We aim to become the largest European initiative transforming urban mobility. Co-funding of up to € 400 million (2020-2026) from the EIT, a body of the European Union, will help make this happen.

Aalto University Lifewide Learning

Aalto ACCESS offers inclusive, easily approachable topics and learning contents that bring together Aalto University’s bachelor and master’s students with individuals interested in lifewide learning opportunities both online and on-site.

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