Using Nature-Based Solutions to Support all Global Goals

Sustainable Development by Design


April 2021

1 HSW CE Credit, AIA # DAS433-21 - 1 HSW LU, IDCEC # 114446 - 1 HSW CEU

About this webinar

Cities face many challenges while trying to become more resilient: water and food security, climate change, human health, sustainable economic development and disaster risk reduction. Bringing nature back into our cities has been gaining media attention, largely due to the pandemic crisis and growing sustainability challenges. How can designers engage? In this course you will learn about the immense potential of nature-based solutions - which mimic the processes of natural ecosystems - and how they can provide effective, multi-faceted benefits to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Nature-Based Solutions refers to a wide range of innovative, cost-effective and integrative approaches to address societal and environmental challenges. This is done by limiting the impacts of climate change, enhancing biodiversity and improving environmental quality while contributing to economic activities and social well-being.

The content of this course has not been approved by the United Nations and does not reflect the views of the United Nations or its officials or Member States.

Hosted by Daniela Rizzi

Architect and urban/landscape planner (Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, University of Sao Paulo), doctoral degree in landscape architecture (Technical University of Munich), licensed by the Brazilian Council of Architecture and Urbanism. As the Senior Officer at ICLEI Europe for Nature-Based Solutions and Biodiversity, Daniela promotes peer-learning and partnerships between civil society, businesses and all levels of government to help cities plan and deliver nature-based solutions. Cities can dramatically improve their resilience via NBS to adapt to challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss, air pollution, ecosystem services degradation, water quality/scarcity, fostering collaborative governance, inclusive urban regeneration and socio-environmental justice.

Upon completion, you'll be able to:

  • Understand the concept of nature-based solutions and how their enormous potential can help us respond to a range of sustainability challenges.
  • Identify applied examples of nature-based solutions (green roofs and green walls, rain gardens, urban forests, community gardens, sustainable urban drainage systems, etc.) and understand their manifold contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Assess urban challenges and related socio-environmental effects to analyze how nature-based solutions can address them.
  • Discuss how nature-based solutions can promote transformative change in cities by approaching them with a multi-functional mind set.

Entire 2024 series

$345 Single payment
12 HSW CE credits

Single session

$45 Single payment
1 HSW CE credit

Entire 2024 series

$29/month 12 Monthly payments
12 HSW CE credits

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  • Join Omar Degan, Principal of Do Architecture Group, and become part of a forward-thinking community that doesn't just follow trends but sets them by delivering architectural solutions attuned to today's needs and tomorrow's possibilities.
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  • Embrace the convenience of our series: whether you attend live online or on-demand, you will earn 12 AIA/IDCEC-approved HSW CEUs/LUs across 12 sessions, culminating in a comprehensive mastery of resilience in architecture. 

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"Change by Design" is where innovation meets practicality. This series goes beyond fulfilling CEU requirements; it's about integrating resilience in your designs so your forward-thinking projects stand out for addressing today's most pressing challenges and satisfying a market that demands it.

Why 'Change by Design'? Because it's where your expertise meets the pressing need for a built environment that stands the test of time and nature. It's where you gain CE credits and a competitive edge in a market that values foresight and responsibility. Each session is an actionable step towards mastering economically viable and environmentally sound designs.

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