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Wasted Urban Opportunities

This course delves into the importance of the circular economy for urban areas and its implications for creative entrepreneurship in the private and nonprofit sectors.

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Course Info

  • Duration 9 video lessons (53 Mins)
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Browse Course Chapters

  • 1. Introduction (1 min)
  • 2. Why Focus on Waste? (6 mins)
  • 3. Circular Economy: Different Schools of Thought (12 mins)
  • 4. Waste and the Role of Circularity (8 mins)
  • 5. Collection Mechanism (9 mins)
  • 6. Reprocessing, Remanufacturing, and Recovery (8 mins)
  • 7. Resources and Markets (1 min)
  • 8. Challenges (5 mins)
  • 9. Looking Ahead (1 min)

What You Will Learn


  • Understand the critical need for a circular economy
  • Familiarize participants with the principles of the circular economy
  • Learn about the key phases of circularity with respect to a waste product
  • Clarify some of the unintended consequences of circularity
  • Understand the different philosophies underpinning the circular economy
  • Broaden the participant’s understanding of waste and the dire consequences of not adequately addressed ongoing challenges

Course Description

This course delves into the importance of the circular economy for urban areas and the opportunities for creative entrepreneurship in the private and nonprofit sectors of the waste removal industry. The instructor will walk participants through key considerations of the circular economy using case studies of cutting edge work, both domestic and international. The course introduces multiple schools of thought about the circular economy and provides detailed accounts of the successes and obstacles in the world of reused, reprocessed, and recovered waste products.

Learn these skills

  • Environmental Planning
  • Sustainability


This course is approved for .75 AICP CM credit.

Meet Your Instructor

Seema Thomas

Seema Thomas

Seema is an urban development professional focused on developing and expanding innovative and inclusive initiatives to support communities from the neighborhood to the metropolitan scale.

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