Module Overview

This module provides concepts of sustainable cities and communities through the lens of sustainable development focusing specifically on climate change. An introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals, and the dedicated goal for cities sets the background for contrasting definitions for sustainable vs. unsustainable cities, where cities are then analyzed with respect to climate change and trends towards green growth.  You will also find examples of sustainable and unsustainable city infrastructure globally, from Melbourne, Rio de Janeiro, Seattle and Sydney; and from Accra, Addis Ababa, Dar es Salaam, Johannesburg and Nairobi, in Africa specifically. By the end of this module, you will be able to interpret the challenges with rapid urbanization and implications for sustainability in cities around the world, and the challenges and opportunities in African cities.


  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Sustainable vs. Unsustainable cities
  • Climate change in cities


Learning Outcomes

Overall: Interpret the challenges with rapid urbanization and the implications for sustainability

  1. Recognize the sustainable development goal targets for sustainable cities and communities
  2. Describe the impacts of urbanization on global cities
  3. Evaluate cities’ contribution to climate change and the opportunities for climate change mitigation

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Type: Assessments
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Module 2 Assessment Answer Key | Download File (18.19 KB) Dr. Nadine Ibrahim CC BY
Type: Modules
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Module 2 - Concepts of Sustainable Cities and Communities (SCORM Package) | Module 2 - Concepts of Sustainable Cities and Communities

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Type: Video Links
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Sustainable Development Goals | Sustainable Development Goals CC BY
Welcome to Module 2 | Welcome to Module 2 CC BY
Towards Green Growth | Towards Green Growth
Climate Change in Cities | Climate Change in Cities CC BY
Sustainable vs. Unsustainable City | Sustainable vs. Unsustainable City CC BY