ETE-22806 Principles of Urban Environmental Management


Studiepunten 6.00

One day excursion8
Project learning1
Course coordinator(s)CM Agudelo Vera
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. BJM van Vliet
prof. dr. ir. G Zeeman
dr. ir. I Leusbrock
dr. M Spiller
CM Agudelo Vera
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. G Zeeman
dr. ir. BJM van Vliet
dr. L Rodic-Wiersma

Language of instruction:


Continuation courses:

ETE-34306, ETE-32806


This course addresses urban resources and urban environmental quality and public health as essential features of sustainable cities. These features are discussed from the perspectives of technology of services and infrastructure, urban governance, and urban planning. One of the key concepts in the course is that of a circular urban metabolism, which forms a basis for sustainable management of urban resources. Within a circular urban metabolism, resources necessary to support urban living are provided from renewable local sources. For example, primary resources such as rainwater and renewable energy are captured locally, and secondary resources such as wastewater and solid waste materials are recovered and reused. Urban metabolism is analyzed with help of methodologies and tools from several approaches to sustainability, such as the Natural Step, industrial ecology, Cradle to Cradle and biomimicry. In addition to consideration of urban resources, the course provides basic understanding of environmental quality of city's water, soil and air, and relevant indicators used to monitor it.
The course includes two excursions: the Wageningen Sustainable Building Tour and a visit to a city in the Netherlands. Students practice the course contents in two assignments. In the first assignment students focus individually on a topic of their choice within the field of urban environmental management. In the other assignment students work in groups to analyze and calculate resources used in an urban setting, and propose measures to improve sustainable social practices.
As the first in the MSc Programme Urban Environmental Management, this course introduces the four core perspectives in the Programme, i.e. urban environmental quality and health, urban environmental technology, urban governance, and urban planning.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand the principles of urban resources management based on urban metabolism concepts;
- understand the principles of urban environmental quality and how they relate to public health and quality of life;
- understand how urban resources management and environmental quality relate to urban governance and planning;
- distinguish several approaches to sustainability, their guiding principles, methodologies, tools and indicators used to measure environmental quality;
- be able to perform a simple urban resources baseline study, suggest measures towards a circular urban metabolism, and reflect on their social implications;
- have gained basic knowledge of the four core perspectives of the MSc Urban Environmental Management, i.e. urban environmental quality and health, urban environmental technology, urban governance and urban planning.


Lectures, excursions, group- and individual assignments.


Closed book written exam (65%) and assignments (35%); a passing mark (5.5 or higher) is required in each part.



Verplicht voor: MUEUrban Environmental ManagementMSc1AF
Verplicht voor: WUUEMBSc Minor Urban Environmental Management1AF