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Sustainable Leiden & The Hague Jan 2018

A new year, a more sustainable city?! Students of this year’s final course of the Minor Sustainable Development, provided by the Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) at Leiden University, will again be working with the Leiden City Council to help them further develop their Sustainability ambitions. Half the class will this year also contribute to a further development of the Sustainability goals of the City Council of The Hague. In groups they will act as consultancy agencies and work with the councils as their client on current and relevant sustainability challenges.

As part of this course, students will be investigating the opportunities for the cities of Leiden and The Hague with respect to energy transition, circular economy and climate adaptation. In groups (acting as consultancy agencies, with the Council as their client), they will investigate current hot-topic questions of the council within these themes. They will present their results at the end of January. As part of the course, the students will also be writing posts to this blog detailing ideas and initiatives from elsewhere as inspiration for what may be done in Leiden/The Hague within their themes.

We look forward to reading some exciting ideas over the next few weeks!

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Sustainable Leiden – Jan 2017

A new year, new chances! The students of this year’s final course of the Minor Sustainable Development, provided by the Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) at Leiden University, will again be working with the Leiden City Council to help them develop their Sustainability plans. This collaboration was started last year, and we look forward to building upon its success.

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Plastic bottles to create a vertical garden (pic credit: Maria Rose)

As part of this course, students will be investigating the opportunities for the city of Leiden with respect to energy generation, energy transition, circular economy and climate adaptation. In groups, they will address specific questions of the council regarding these topics, and present them at the end of January. In preparation for this exercise, the students will be writing posts to this blog detailing ideas and initiatives from elsewhere as inspiration for what may be done in Leiden.

We look forward to presenting some exciting ideas appear over the next few weeks!

 

 

 

This year’s course may have finished – but the pathway to a sustainable Leiden 2030 has only just begun!

In January 2016, the 30 students from the course “Area study: Sustainable Leiden 2030?” contributed to this blog by writing about their observations and findings around six sustainability themes (biodiversity, climate adaptation, energy, mobility, sustainable business and waste). This course is part of the Minor Sustainable Development, provided by the Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) at Leiden University.

The word cloud below provides an interesting summary of the blogs produced in this course. At the bottom of this post you can find a list of the blogs produced by the students.

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This word cloud is composed of common words across all blogs, and the size of each word indicates its frequency of occurrence

During this course, the students also produced consultancy reports for the Leiden City Council, assessing their ‘hot of the press’ Duurzaamheidsagenda 2016-2020 – an ambitious document full of initiatives that will turn Leiden into a sustainable city by 2030. The course was a great success: for the students it was stimulating to work on real case studies and to provide the Leiden City Council with advice and innovative ideas around the proposed initiatives, while the City Council was very happy to receive feedback and further investigate the students’ suggestions and ‘out of the box’ ideas.

Thanks to the students, Gemeente Leiden and other experts that helped to turn it into such a positive experience!

While the course has now finished, the path to a sustainable Leiden / Netherlands / world – has only just begun! Let’s push the boundaries and help make it happen! We look forward to a continued collaboration with the Gemeente Leiden and its sustainability focus!

These are the posts of the January 2016 class ordered by their main theme (although several posts describe across-theme topics).

Biodiversity

Climate adaptation

Energy

Sustainable Business

Sustainable Mobility

Waste

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In January 2016, students from the course “Area study: Sustainable Leiden 2030?” will be working in groups to assess the Duurzaamheidsagenda 2016-2020 – an ambitious document full of initiatives that will turn Leiden into a sustainable city by 2030. This course is part of the Minor Sustainable Development, provided by the Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) at Leiden University.

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As part of the course, the students will contribute to this blog and write about their findings around the initiatives for each of the themes (biodiversity, climate adaptation, energy, mobility, sustainable business and waste), or other relevant observations and findings throughout the course.