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Sustainable Infrastructure: Putting Principle into Practice

Sustainable Infrastructure: Putting Principle into Practice was a monthly interactive webinar series for the sustainable infrastructure community that took place between May 2021 and May 2022. Recordings of all sessions can be found below.

Each session was designed as a way for researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners to:

  • Exchange state-of-the-art knowledge on how to plan and build sustainable infrastructure;
  • Participate in an interactive forum to learn from other practitioners as they present case studies, including best practices and pitfalls; and
  • Connect with a community of individuals and organizations engaged in the sustainable infrastructure sphere.

Technical and case study presentations from each session focused on one of ten principles from UNEP’s International Good Practice Principles for Sustainable Infrastructure. Each presentation and discussion was interdisciplinary and cross-cutting. Experts and practitioner participants from all geographies and professions (engineering firms, government agencies, financial institutions, civil society organizations, academia) joined in to learn with us and share knowledge and experiences.

To stay up-to-date on upcoming webinars, please follow us. You can find recordings of all previous sessions below, along with write ups describing each session’s case study. To connect with others in the community and continue the discussion outside of the webinars, please join the Sustainable Infrastructure Community of Learners (SI-CoL) LinkedIn group.

 

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Webinars

May 12, 2021

Sustainable Infrastructure: From Principles to Practice

This first webinar in the Sustainable Infrastructure: Putting Principle into Practice series includes an introduction to UNEP’s 10 good practice principles for sustainable infrastructure and interactive discussion of the case study approach that we will be using throughout the webinars.

June 9, 2021

Strategic Planning (Principle #1)

The session provides an introduction to strategic planning (Principle #1), followed by a technical presentation on strategic environmental assessments (SEA). The remainder of the session includes presentations of two case studies given by practitioners engaged in strategic planning for infrastructure at the national and sector (hydropower) levels.

July 14, 2021

Responsive, Resilient, and Flexible Planning (Principle #2)

The session provides an introduction to Principle #2, followed by a technical presentation on systems-based tools developed by UNOPS that help infrastructure planners prioritize infrastructure projects and systems that are responsible, resilient, and flexible from the outset.

September 8, 2021

Comprehensive Lifecycle Assessment of Sustainability (Principle #3)

The session provides an introduction to Principle #3, followed by a technical presentation on the biodiversity mitigation hierarchy, which can help infrastructure planners avoid, minimize, and offset infrastructure’s impacts to biodiversity, and a case study detailing how planners in Mongolia used the mitigation hierarchy to create a country-level plan for sustainable mining development

October 13, 2021

Avoiding Environmental Impacts and Investing in Nature (Principle #4)

This session introduces Principle #4, followed by an introduction to the Global Standard for Nature-based Solutions (NbS). The remainder of the session includes the presentation and discussion of a case study.

PDF icon Green-Gray Solution to Protect the Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta (CGSM) in Colombia by María Claudia Díazgranados (Blue Carbon Director) & Emily Corwin (Director Nature-based Engineering Solutions)

November 10, 2021

Resource Efficiency and Circularity (Principle #5)

This webinar explores Principle #5: Resource Efficiency and Circularity. Given that this session occurs in the middle of the COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow, we will have a special focus on the relationship of resource efficiency and circularity to climate change.

PDF icon Singapore's Green Buildings (download from UNEP)

December 8, 2021

Equity, Inclusiveness, and Empowerment (Principle #6)

This webinar explores Principle #6, followed by a technical presentation, “Inclusiveness: A Pathway to Sustainable Infrastructure," and case study, “Affordable and sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) solutions in India.”

January 12, 2022

Enhancing Economic Benefits (Principle #7)

This webinar explores Principle #7 from UNEP's International Good Practice Principles for Sustainable Infrastructure. It includes a technical presentation, “Employment Impact Assessments," and a case study, “Reassessing Benefits from Nam Theun 2 Hydropower Project in Laos.”

February 9, 2022

Fiscal Sustainability and Innovative Financing (Principle #8)

This webinar explores Principle #8: Fiscal Sustainability and Innovative Financing from UNEP's International Good Practice Principles for Sustainable Infrastructure. The session includes a technical presentation, “FAST-Infra and the Sustainable Infrastructure Label," and a case study, "Success of East Africa’s Debut Green Bond Issue: The Case of Acorn Holdings."

March 9, 2022

Transparent, Inclusive, and Participatory Decision-Making (Principle #9)

This webinar explores Principle #9. The technical presentation, "Multi-stakeholder working and civic engagement," is followed by a case study, "Engaging stakeholders in participatory scenario planning in Madre de Dios, Peru."

April 13, 2022

Evidence-Based Decision-Making (Principle #10)

This webinar explores Principle #10: Evidence-Based Decision-Making. The technical presentation, “Exploring evidence-based decision-making for climate resilient infrastructure systems” is followed by a case presentation on “Urban strategies for climate resilience–innovative approaches from New York City and Rotterdam.”

May 11, 2022

Sustainable Infrastructure Community of Learners: What We've Learned and Where We Go Next

In this final session of Sustainable Infrastructure: Putting Principle into Practice, we review and put into context all ten Sustainable Infrastructure Good Practice Principles. The session then focuses on gaining your feedback so that we can understand how to shape the future of this community of practice.