Objective of the Course
Participants will learn about and how to apply a new paradigm representing a major shift in the way new cities will be built and older ones retrofitted to achieve sustainable development and cyclic economy. A sustainable community will power itself with renewable sources of energy (wind, solar, water), conserve and reuse water, create the smallest possible ecological footprint, recover resources from used water and organic solids, reduce dramatically solid waste, and produce the lowest quantity of pollution possible that will not impair the ecology and environment and preserve them for generations. By restoring and developing a hydrologically and ecologically functioning landscape, communities will become resilient to increased flooding. Urban (green) infrastructure, resilient and functional landscape, and water resources will constitute one system.

Who should attend?
Both entry level and senior water professionals, planners, urban landscape architects, developers; urban watershed and city managers; water reclamation utility managers, planners and technical staff members; graduate students in the environmental engineering and science, urban planning, and ecology fields.

Demonstration projects and case studies will be interactively illustrated

V. Novotny et al. (2010) Water centric sustainable communities, J. Wiley & Sons, New York

Course Language:  English

A request for the assignment of the appropriate number of CFPs (Crediti Formativi Professionali) to the Course participants according to Italian requirements for practicing Professionals has been put forward with the Board of Engineers (Ordine degli Ingegneri) of Como. Their decision will be posted on this site asap.

PhD (and MSc) Students can obtain a certificate for 4 credits (CFUs) from the University of Pavia upon attendance.


This course is endorsed by GITISA