• Course Code:  C21

  • Term:  Spring 2017

  • Start Date:  Aug 16 2017

  • End Date:  Aug 31 2018

  • Enroll by:  Aug 12 2018

  • Duration:  55 weeks

  • Course Author(s)
    Professor Jeffrey Sachs
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Cities and the Challenge of Sustainable Development

Spring 2017

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    The SDG Academy Team


This course is self-paced -- you can enroll anytime before August 12, 2018 and complete the course materials any time before August 31, 2018. To enroll for this course (and others) after August 12, 2018, please visit our website or sign up for our newsletter!


According to the United Nations, urbanization and population growth could result in an increase of 2.5 billion people into urban populations by 2050, with associated impacts ranging from increased transportation needs to more building. How do we make cities sustainable to support this growth?


In this mini-series, learn the challenges of local governments to adapt to new technologies, energy systems, modes of transportation and more in order to build the sustainable cities of the 21st century.


Course Outline

Part 1:  Introduction to the SDGs

Part 2:  Why Cities? The Importance of SDG 11

Part 3:  The 10-point Agenda for 21st Century Cities

Part 4:  Urban Environment and Energy Systems 

Part 5:  Cities as Hubs of Knowledge



Because this is offered as a mini-series, there are no quizzes or assessments, and no certificates will be offered upon completion. Our objective with this mini-series is to encourage a protracted dialogue about the many recent developments relating to SDG 11 and the notion of a 21st century city. We encourage you to use the discussion forum to share your thoughts and ideas with other students from around the world. We hope that this course is helpful for students who are unable to participate in the full-length Sustainable Cities MOOC.


About the Instructor

Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs

Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 100 countries. He is the co-recipient of the 2015 Blue Planet Prize, the leading global prize for environmental leadership. He has twice been named among Time Magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders. He was called by the New York Times, “probably the most important economist in the world,” and by Time Magazine “the world’s best known economist.” A recent survey by The Economist Magazine ranked Professor Sachs as among the world’s three most influential living economists of the past decade.



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