Sustainable Water-Energy Centric Communities

University of Pavia, Lake Como School of Advanced Studies Water & Energy, Water sensitive communities

Target Audience

Both entry level and senior water professionals, planners, urban landscape architects, developers; urban watershed and city managers; water reclamation utility managers, planners and technical staff members; graduate students in the environmental engineering and science, urban planning, and ecology fields.


A sustainable community will power itself with renewable sources of energy (wind, solar, water), conserve and reuse water, create the smallest possible ecological footprint, recover resources from used water and organic solids, reduce dramatically solid waste, and produce the lowest quantity of pollution possible that will not impair the ecology and environment and preserve them for generations. By restoring and developing a hydrologically and ecologically functioning landscape, communities will become resilient to increased flooding. Urban (green) infrastructure, resilient and functional landscape, and water resources will constitute one system.

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn about and how to apply a new paradigm representing a major shift in the way new cities will be built and older ones retrofitted to achieve sustainable development and cyclic economy.