Sustainable Cities and Communities

2020 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho, Anabela Marisa Azul, Luciana Brandli, Pinar Gökçin Özuyar, Tony Wall

Built Environment Education for Sustainability and Climate Change Preparation

  • Usha Iyer-RanigaEmail author
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There are many definitions of sustainability and there have been debates in recent years as to which one is the most comprehensive definition. The Brundtland definition of sustainability is used here as a working definition. However, for the built environment, a range of complex issues need to be considered as our understanding grows. Taking only a mitigative approach to the built environment when considering sustainability outcomes is insufficient. Problems of climate change and with it, adaptation, resilience, and related issues have to be considered going forward.


The built environment is characterized by a range of different disciplines collaborating with each other resulting in a building or piece of infrastructure as a product. It includes materials that make buildings and infrastructure, the different types of buildings and their functions, and how users of the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.RMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.One Planet Network Sustainable Buildings and Construction ProgrammeUN EnvironmentParisFrance

Section editors and affiliations

  • Samuel Borges Barbosa
    • 1
  1. 1.Federal University of ViçosaRio ParanaíbaBrazil