Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

To develop cultural, scientific and engineering aspects for the enhancement and sustainable use and recycling of both raw materials and primary-secondary resources. Moreover, they will be developed the design aspects and feasibility of Appropriate Technologies for the developing countries, particularly with regard to water supply, wastewater management and solid waste.

Course contents

Course contents

Principles of Circular Economy and Sustainability.

The Sustainability Development Goals of the United Nations 2030 agenda and in particular the objectives 11, 12 and 13 related with Circular Economy, Sustainable Cities and Climate Action.

Dry waste for recycling and organic waste for composting. The circularity as tool for saving raw material and natural resources and to reduce waste production. The "0 waste" goal.

The main recycling processes: plants and machineries.

Industrial symbiosis and Urban Mining definition.

Climate change and transition engineering. The urban resilience and site specific Technologies application.

Sustainable development and sustainable use of resources. Natural and recycled resources. Renewable and non-renewable resources.
The water resource. The water cycle, uses and technologies to increase the water resource. The treatment and recycling of waste water.

Definition and recovery of recycled materials.

The integrated management of municipal waste collection and treatment. The pre-treatment plants and selection, mechanical biological treatment, the energy recovery, the disposal in landfills.
The treatment of organic fraction and the process of composting. The use of biomass.
Recovery and recycling of inert stone materials from construction and demolition (CDW). Characterization of inert waste and the types of recycling facilities and the different stages of treatment. Uses of recycled aggregates.

The main treatment and recycling processes: plants and machineries.

The recycling of post consumer plastic and aluminum. Other examples for recycling from municipal and special waste: glass, paper, steel, vehicles and tires end-of-life, electrical electronic equipment waste. Main physico-mechanical properties and fields of use of raw materials second.
Ecodesign, Life cycle assessment (LCA),. Ecological Footprint, Water Footprint, Multicriteria Analysys
Appropriate Technologies: definitions, examples of application to the developing countries with particular attention to the management and recycling of waste water for potable use, management and recovery of waste.

Green Technologies for urban resilience towards climate change issues


It is essential to use lesson notes and didactic materials and presentations available on webnet course site.

Several suggestions by the teacher about videos, learning material, scientific papers that students can find in web.

Teaching methods

The course is structured in oral classroom lessons in which the subjects of the course program are presented. In addition, specific seminars and workshops will be provided where the professor will be joined by industry experts to promote more knowledge of the topics. Word cafes and teaching laboratories can complete the preparation of the students.

Assessment methods

The exam consists of a preliminary multiple choise test and the development of some assignement during the course followed by an oral interview to evaluate the critical and methodological skills acquired by the student,  who will be invited to demonstrate the knowledge of all topics considered during the course lessons. Particularly evaluated will be the student's ability to move within the cultural themes of the discipline. The achievement by the student of an organic vision of the subjects for their critical use, the demonstration of possessing an expressive and specific language will be valued with excellence marks.

Teaching tools

PPT presentations

Videos and films

Office hours

See the website of Alessandra Bonoli


Clean water and sanitation Affordable and clean energy Sustainable cities Responsible consumption and production

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.