Hundreds sign up to Green City course

Almost 700 people have signed up for UWE Bristol's free online course on green cities, according to the academic institution.

The MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) entitled 'Our Green City: Global Challenges, Bristol Solutions' goes live on 14 September, and so far almost 700 people have registered. 

UWE is urging anyone who may not yet have heard about this fantastic free opportunity to sign up and gain a deeper understanding into the many organisations and projects that go into 'greening a city' as well as getting a view of Bristol's year as the European Green Capital.

Participants will learn about themes such as energy, food, resources, nature, and transport, but there will also be a strong emphasis on developing the skills and the understanding needed to bring about change.

The course will be delivered through a mix of video presentations, reading materials and other online resources, and draws on excellent knowledge and research developed over many years. 

"UWE Bristol is a leader in sustainable education and this new initiative is the first of its type to be launched linked to a European Green Capital,” said course leader, Simon Bates. 

“So far we have given out some great teasers and built a community around social media, twitter in particular. I also think the recruitment success can be attributed to the way that we have involved other organisations around Bristol.

"Rather than simply presenting theoretical understanding of the challenges facing cities we have used many examples showing how groups at a grassroots level are solving problems.  The project has been funded by Bristol City Council, Bristol 2015 and The Department for Energy and Climate Change, and we have worked with a fantastic and inspiring range of people and projects from the Bristol Green Capital Partnership.

"When I talk to people around the city, they want to know more about sustainability and how they can change their environment and community.  Our Green City provides a great way to gain this knowledge.”

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues