Sustainable Cities of the Future
Energy, Livability, and Economics
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Kick start your green career with Green Learning Programs in Denmark, Sweden and Germany
In 2050, 70% of the worlds inhabitants will live in big cities, 80% of the energy will be consumed here and 75% of all carbon emissions will come from big cities. How do we prepare cities for this density and find the best solutions within energy, water, urban design, green businesses, housing, mobility, logistics and technology and make sure that the cities will be livable for its citizens? We need green spaces, a healthy city without pollution, jobs and business investments. Basically we need sustainable cities!
We explore together
As a change maker of tomorrow you get hands-on experience during our academic workshops, where we work with the UN’s sustainability development goals. You are part of the process that will be guided by Research and Innovation Specialist Lea Schick. Listen to her explaining about day 3, the workshop day
Why Denmark, Sweden and Germany?
Green Learning Programs presents the following short-term education on Sustainable cities for university students: Sustainable cities of the future
The program also advances the UN’s 2030 Agenda for global sustainability development. Three great examples of sustainable cities:
Copenhagen has an ambitious goal as it is striving to become the first carbon neutral capital in the world in 2025. And the city is on its way! CO2 emissions were in 2017 32% less than in 2005. Copenhagen’s climate plan describes 50 initiatives in different areas such as: energy supply, greener transportation, building efficiency, education of the citizens and adjustments to the weather of the future.
Malmø is one of the greenest cities in the world. The Western Harbour is powered by 100% locally-produced renewable energy and have green roofs.
Berlin is not only aiming to be climate neutral by 2050, it is also a hub for green businesses, urban gardens, (zero waste) and circular economy. You really do feel the green buzz of all the projects that is going on here.
This unique 10-day course explores three major European cities: Copenhagen, Malmo, and Berlin, which are all tackling sustainability head-on. Learn what defines a sustainable city, how they work, and what their vision for the future is.
The program advances the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for global sustainability.
Welcome to Copenhagen. Presentation of the program. Meet with a former mayor of Copenhagen, and key player in Copenhagen’s carbon-neutral climate plan. And meet the founder of GoGreen.
A visit to an incineration plant, and its soon-to-be unveiled ski slope.
A sustainability walking tour with Green Bike Tours. This tour is a mix of history, culture, “hygge”, and sustainability.
The day will end with a fun-packed visit to Tivoli, the world’s oldest amusement park (when open).
A 3 hour bike tour around the city with Green Bike Tours, focusing on the sustainable city of the future.
Visit to a living lab where you can experience the latest trends in intelligent urban development on a 1:1 scale. We will also meet with an organization that fosters partnerships between municipalities, companies, and educational institutions – a must to succeed with green transitions.
A full day:
Visit to Energylab - the city-development project Nordhavn, where the future sustainable energy system is being build. Besides a guided walking tour around Nordhavn, you will experience two presentations and take part in a workshop around how to take a citizen-centered approach to sustainable innovation.
Dinner at Absalon’s church.
A talk covering the emergence of the green sector as a major job creator, both now and in the future. There will also be a chance to meet with Danish companies, working globally in the green sector, for a chat about internships, talent programs, and trainee programs.
Sightseeing by boat to see some of Copenhagen’s most emblematic sights, including the beloved Little Mermaid. And dinner at the dorm of one of the Green guides from Green Bike Tours.
We will spend the whole day in Malmö, exploring one of the greenest cities in the world. Highlights include a visit to the Western Harbour, which is powered by 100% locally produced renewable energy. This part of the city is also home to the neo-futurist residential skyscraper, the Twisted Tower.
Travel to Berlin by train (7 hours).
Welcome to Berlin, a city well known for its urban community gardens, green businesses, and circular economy projects. Throughout the day, we will talk with city officials about Berlin as a sustainable city of the future.
Visit to Holzmarkt and lunch – the place is a unique community space at the Spree river.
Circular Economy Tour and a delicious organic lunch.
Sightseeing in Berlin
A 3 hour guided tour around Berlin with a focus on “Creative Grassroots & Community Initiatives”.
A 3 hour workshop on urban gardening and food with GreenMe, Berlin. "Learn what it takes to be an urban gardener & to grow your own food in the middle of the city”. The workshop will be led by an expert of one of Berlin's most iconic community gardens. It involves a little bit of theory and lots of fun, hands-on seeding and planting.
DAY 10: DEPARTURE
Travel back to the US.