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Regenerative Sustainable Development Of Universities And Cities

The Role of Living Laboratories

Ariane König

Edited by Ariane König, Head of Sustainable Development and Senior Researcher, University of Luxembourg

2013 352 pp Hardback 978 1 78100 363 3
ebook isbn 978 1 78100 364 0

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‘This book’s case studies from North America, Europe and Asia highlight an enormous, but as yet untapped, potential for achieving social and technological change in cities worldwide. The authors show how university campuses around the world can be “living laboratories” to investigate and demonstrate the practicality of “regenerative sustainability”, which looks beyond environmental damage control to a vision of urban development that actually improves environmental quality and human welfare. If these ideas catch on, they could literally change the world.’
– Steve Rayner, Oxford University, UK

Contributors: B. Baletic, T. Becker, T. Berkhout, A. Campbell, A. Cayuela, S. Chen, M. Dalbro, J. Evans, M. Hesse, J. Holmberg, M. Holme Samsøe, Y. Hua, J.-H. Kain, A. Kildahl, H. Komatsu, A. König, N. Kurata, S. Liao, U. Lundgren, B. Meehan, E. Omrcen, T. Ozasa, M. Polk, C. Powell, J. Robinson, H. Tan, T. Ueno

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Now that the Earth has reached the limits of its biophysical carrying capacity, we have to change technologies, social practices and social norms relating to material production and consumption to ensure that we do not further jeopardize the functioning of our planet’s life support systems. Through research, education and civic engagement, universities have a pivotal role to play in this transition. This timely book explores how universities are establishing living laboratories for sustainable development, and examines the communication networks and knowledge infrastructures that underpin impact both on and beyond the campus.

The expert contributors present case studies of living laboratories being built in leading universities across four continents. Their aim is to cultivate the transition to sustainable development by actively fostering social and technological change to improve use of natural resources and reduce pollution. They are designed to link research, education and practice and to integrate knowledge across disciplines to develop more socially robust approaches to improving sustainability. Directing attention to what enables and constrains learning in communities of multiple and very diverse stakeholders in such laboratories can contribute to a better general understanding of factors influencing the chance of success (or failure), and the institutional arrangements, norms and values that accompany it.

Focussing on social learning processes to drive societal change for sustainable development, this fascinating book will prove an invaluable read for academics, researchers, students and policy makers in the fields of higher education, regional and urban studies, public policy and the environment, and development studies.

Full table of contents


Foreword: A Shared Exploration of ‘Living Laboratories’ for Sustainability
Bernd Kasemir and Roland Stulz

1. Introduction: Experimenting for Sustainable Development? Living Laboratories, Social Learning and the Role of the University
Ariane König and James Evans

2. Next Generation Sustainability at The University of British Columbia: The University as Societal Test-bed for Sustainability
John Robinson, Tom Berkhout, Alberto Cayuela and Ann Campbell

3. Sustainable Campus as a Living Laboratory for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation: The Role of Design Thinking Processes
Ying Hua

4. Campus Building Energy Management in Tongji University: An Approach to Achieve Energy Efficiency of Buildings for Sustainability
Hongwei Tan and Shuqin Chen

5. Can an Environmental Management System be a Driving Force for Sustainability in Higher Education? A Case from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Eddi Omrcen, Ullika Lundgren and Marianne Dalbro

6. Creating Change: Building an Environmentally Sustainable Campus
Bart Meehan

7. Reconciling the Pursuit of Excellence with Sustainable Development at the University of Hong Kong
Ann Kildahl and Sarah Liao

8. What Might a Sustainable University Look Like? Challenges and Opportunities in the Development of the University of Luxembourg and its New Campus
Ariane König

9. Mistra Urban Futures: A Living Laboratory for Urban Transformations
Merritt Polk, Jaan-Henrik Kain and John Holmberg

10. Leading by Example: Developing an Effective Energy Efficiency Program for a Campus and Community
Christopher Powell

11. How Can Physical Campus Planning Support Universities in their Development and Ultimately Help Cities Change?
Bojan Baletic and Mikala Holme Samsøe

12. Campus Planning for Promoting Quality of Life in the Community
Naomichi Kurata, Takao Ozasa, Takeshi Ueno and Hisashi Komatsu

13. Building a Sustainable University from Scratch: Anticipating the Urban, Regional and Planning Dimension of the ‘Cité des Sciences Belval’ in Esch-sur-Alzette and Sanem, Luxembourg
Tom Becker and Markus Hesse

14. Conclusion: A Cross-cultural Exploration of the Co-creation of Knowledge in Living Laboratories for Societal Transformation Across Four Continents
Ariane König

Annex A: ISCN/GULF Sustainable Campus Charter


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