Urban Metabolism Toolkit for Climate Adaptation & Civic Engagement


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In 2015, for the first time in history of mankind, 195 countries came together to fight climate change by adopting a fully global climate treaty known as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN, 2015). Moreover, accessible material consumption education, resource management awareness campaigns and economic inclusion will become all the more important due to climate change. This toolkit aims to (inform, consult, involve, collaborate, and diffuse/regulate) to connect local government leaders and climate adaptation experts to connect and discuss the challenges facing urban environments around the globe. In the context, of supporting cities in integrating the environment concerns into local policy such as the development of methodologies and standards to measure, verify and report city environmental data.

This report is developed for anyone who is interested in urban metabolism studies who want to understand, assess and take action on climate change advocacy activities and economic inclusion at the city level. Specifically, targeted to the needs of advocates and allied professionals that advocate for minorities in developing and developed countries where the challenges of planning for climate change are particular high. The guide’s strategic, values based planning framework promotes a participatory planning process that integrates local participation and good decision making as it provides practical tools for addressing climate change through different urban planning processes that supports the mainstreaming of climate change actions into other city government policy instruments. The urban metabolism educational campaign platform features a replicability toolkit and step-by-step methodology structured to facilitate awareness on resource management, community engagement, city planning and environmental design targeting the unheard minority voices of society to provide knowledge exchange between municipal governments, educational institutions, and community based organizations. Our goal is to create and guide city assessment analysis to help cities identify best practices globally that can empower all citizens from different language paths worldwide to create sustainable changes in their urban environment.

Enquiries concerning this publication may be directed to:
Gabriela Fernandez or Carol Maione

Fernandez has obtained a Ph.D. in Urban Planning, Design and Policy, from the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies at the Politecnico di Milano in Milan, Italy. Dr. Fernandez is Co-founder of the Metabolism of Cities a research hub with publications, data-sets and tools related to urban metabolism education, research and awareness concerning resource consumption in cities.


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Maione is a Master of Science candidate in the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan, Michigan, USA. Extra curricular activities include formerly working as a campus coordinator for the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network Youth with the aim of promoting SDGs and connecting youth among ideas of sustainable development.

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