Building Better Cities With Nature

What You'll Learn

  • Employ an ecosystem services framework to assist with responding to various climate change scenarios.
  • Explore how tools used by planners such as Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) can be informed by traditional engineering tools and apply lessons learned from Europe.
  • Learn about a Great Lakes Sustainable Energy Consortium created to pursue collaborations with regard to U.S.-Canada research.

More Course Details

Explore how ecosystem services (e.g., provision of clean energy, fresh water, and supporting nutrient and water cycling) can be used to respond to climate change and increase human well-being in the Great Lakes basin and beyond.

This course will examine how we can harness the power of nature to build better cities and how engineering tools and models can be used by planners to facilitate new, transformational bioeconomy projects.

The role of planning in the assessment of regional impacts associated with new facilities will be explored, with a look at planning tools (Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)), traditional engineering tools (Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)), and lessons learned from European experiences.

Learn about the Great Lakes Sustainable Energy Consortium created to pursue collaborations that will benefit technical research, public policy options, implementation, and commercial developments. Explore the concept of world-class, U.S.-Canada research and public policy consortia focused on renewable energy research and policy implementation for the Great Lakes region.