Future Sustainable Cities: How Can Universities Lead The Way For Sustainability?

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Future Sustainable Cities: How Can Universities Lead the Way for Sustainability?

STOCKHOLM, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

    Cities will never be the same. With more than 5 billion people projected

to live in cities in 2030, there is a need for innovative ways to meet the

challenges related to climate change and maintain a liveable environment. The

year 2010 is by the UN designated to be "The International Year of

Biodiversity", which represents an opportunity to highlight the role of

biodiversity and ecosystems in reducing the effects of climate change.

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    On October 18, Swedish and Chinese scientists and urban planners met at a

seminar in Shanghai as part of the Expo 2010. The seminar, arranged by the

Swedish Institute (SI) in cooperation with Fudan and Tongji University, the

Consulate General of Sweden and Stockholm Resilience Centre explored how

universities can address solutions to urban growth and climate change


    More precisely, how can universities take the lead in the development as

sites for experimentation, demonstration and learning? As for example in the

Albano Campus Challenge - a project aiming to be the world's first university

campus based on resilience principles. During the seminar, Swedish and

Chinese Keynote speakers gave different perspectives on the part universities

can play in sustainable urban planning. Questions that were analyzed and

discussed were:


    - In what way can universities take the lead in developing sustainable


    - What are the new challenges for scientists, policy-makers and urban


    - How can knowledge about ecosystems change the way we plan and change

      our cities?

    - What learning processes are needed?

    - How can sustainable development be integrated in all university

      education and practice?

    During the panel discussion scientists drew interesting parallels between

the cultural and ecological values of campuses and the scientists all agreed

that it is a question of leadership in order to change the way we plan and

organize the campuses for the future. In the concluding remarks, Christine

Alfsen from UNESCO reminded the audience about the different aspects of the

significant role of university campuses; as learning environments but also as

social, cultural and political meeting points.



    - Prof. Thomas Elmqvist, Stockholm Resilience Centre

    - Prof. Zhao Qiguang, Director of Chinese Culture Centre Tongji

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    - Prof. Lena Neij, Head of the International Institute for Industrial


    - Economics, Lund University:

    - Prof. Björn Malbert, Mistra Urban Futures, Gothenburg

    - Prof. Zeng Qun, Vice President of Architectural Design & Research

      Institute, Tongji


    - Asst Prof. and architect Lars Marcus, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

    - Architect Jonas Torsvall, KIT Arkitektur


    SOURCE: Swedish Institute

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