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Green Infrastructure towards Sustainable Cities

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2022) | Viewed by 3461

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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Brunel University London, Uxbridge UB8 3PH, UK
Interests: building information modeling (BIM); machine learning; green buildings; green infrastructures; sustainability; life-cycle energy and environmental assessment (LCA); environmental policy impact assessment sustainable & smart city; transport policy; transport behavior and network modeling; energy & environmental economics; carbon neutrality; sustainable and smart materials; climate change adaptation
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Dear Colleagues,

The rapid urbanization and development around the globe demand the need for new infrastructure in the future. Cities infrastructure is referred to as the underlying structural foundation that supports socioeconomic activities in cities. It consists of key physical provisioning systems that provide resources and services, such as water, energy, shelter (buildings), mobility-connectivity, food, sanitation, waste management, and green and public spaces. However, cities with current infrastructure suffer from enormous challenges, including rapid urbanization, extreme weather events, higher demand for resources, etc.  Therefore, there is a high need for a green infrastructure that helps to make our cities safe and sustainable. This special issue mainly focuses on designing and constructing the cities infrastructure (energy, mobility, and construction of materials and waste management) to mitigate and adapt to climate change and achieve sustainable development. It also aimed at new emerging insights to researchers, practitioners, and decision-makers on questions pertaining to sustainable design and carbon-neutral management of cities systems (i.e., energy, mobility, water supply wastewater treatment, solid waste management, buildings/shelters, food supply, and green/public spaces). We believe that this special can help gather state-of-the-art ideas and practices on achieving sustainable and smart cities and foster new knowledge that supports building low-carbon/carbon-neutral and more sustainable systems.

Dr. Muhammad Shafique
Dr. Muhammad Rafiq
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  • green infrastructure
  • sustainable and smart cities
  • sustainable and green buildings
  • green transportation
  • green roads
  • green buildings
  • green energy technologies
  • green and sustainable materials
  • sustainable water management system
  • sustainable and resilence infrastructure
  • carbon neutral technologies
  • energy and environment  nexus
  • trade-offs and synergies between energy use
  • carbon footprint
  • carbon neutral policies
  • low carbon transport policies
  • electric vehicles
  • energy-efficient homes and transportation systems
  • advance and low carbon energy
  • energy, environment, and transport nexus
  • sustainable construction materials
  • machine learning and AI

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16 pages, 1169 KiB  
Green Infrastructure Planning Principles: Identification of Priorities Using Analytic Hierarchy Process
by Renato Monteiro, José Carlos Ferreira and Paula Antunes
Sustainability 2022, 14(9), 5170; - 25 Apr 2022
Cited by 13 | Viewed by 2833
Green infrastructure planning has been receiving great attention since the end of the last century. Although green infrastructure has been known for its ability to respond to a wide range of environmental, social, and economic challenges, the concept and associated implementation measures are [...] Read more.
Green infrastructure planning has been receiving great attention since the end of the last century. Although green infrastructure has been known for its ability to respond to a wide range of environmental, social, and economic challenges, the concept and associated implementation measures are still being discussed among researchers, decision-makers, and practitioners. To help these discussions, several authors have identified green infrastructure planning principles to help these professional with planning procedures. However the perception of practitioners regarding these principles was never taken into consideration. Because of this, the purpose of this research is to learn about the priorities of urban planners regarding green infrastructure planning principles and their integration into spatial planning. To achieve this, an Analytic Hierarchy Process methodology was applied to urban planners working in the 17 municipalities of Lisbon Metropolitan Area, in order to prioritize the green infrastructure planning principles influencing GI design and development in urban areas. Experts were asked to prioritize eight primary green infrastructure planning principles: connectivity, multi-functionality, applicability, integration, diversity, multiscale, governance, and continuity. The results show that the most important green infrastructure planning principle for practitioners is connectivity, followed by multifunctionality and applicability. Both integration and multiscale principles were considered more important in municipalities with predominantly urban features. Full article
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