About the Urban Sustainability Project

The Urban Sustainability project's stages

The project is carried out over three years in three stages:

The project is carried out over three years in three stages:

Stage 1: Expert opinions and indicators (May 2013-April 2014)

A team of researchers in the fields of social and behavioral sciences assessed the characteristics of Israeli society which determine lifestyles, highlighting areas and groups which could enable transformation to more sustainable lifestyles. Key issues included the potential for change generated by social media and the Y generation, new aspects of design, possibilities for changing user patterns of transportation and energy, work places, and the resilience of urban communities. Later on, a set of indicators will be developed to monitor and evaluate specified areas and to identify communities which have more sustainable lifestyles and the factors which influence their choice of lifestyle.

To date, indicators for identifying sustainable cities have traditionally focused on physical infrastructures; this project will focus on social parameters, such as social organization and governance, culture and religion and what role social media might have in promoting more sustainable patterns of behavior.

Stage 2: Creating a vision for sustainable cities (May 2014- August 2015)

During the second stage of the project – through cooperation between the scientific community, regulators, business community and civic organizations – the team will build a vision and models of urban sustainability through a series of workshops. Different models, such as “resilient cities,” “innovative cities” and “collaborative cities” will be explored.

The models will then be translated into strategies for achieving sustainable urban lifestyles by experts and other stakeholders. A pilot study will be implemented to check the adjustment of the models to the Israeli city.

Stage 3: Formulating recommendations for policy measures (September 2015-April 2016 – in action)

The results of stage 2 will be translated into key points for intervention, policy instruments and measures for implementation. Relevant stakeholders will be identified and brought on board, and opportunities for promoting models for sustainable cities and how barriers to urban sustainability could be removed or reduced will be addressed. The project will seek to identify opportunities for effecting organizational and institutional change in the public and private sectors which could promote transformation to sustainability.

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