"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

The Report of the U.N. Brundtland Commission, Our Common Future, 1987
"If there are to be problems, may they come during my life-time so that I can resolve them and give my children the chance of a good life."

Kenyan proverb
"Then I say the Earth belongs to each generation during its course, fully and in its right no generation can contract debts greater than may be paid during the course of its existence"

Thomas Jefferson, September 6, 1789

Blue Green Solutions for the next (nexus) generation cities and corporations; Beyond superficiality and fake news
Mon / 02.07. @ 11:30
This talk presents innovative methodology of integrated urban planning developed in Blue Green Dream project ( and its key product BGS - Blue Green Solutions planning methodology. It addresses and provides solutions for global problems of urban areas of increased pressure on essential resources such as water and food; increased air pollution due to greater use of fossil fuel and polluting transportation; loss of biodiversity; increased risk of ill health due to both physiological and psychological factors related to urban living, further magnified when coupled with adverse effects of climate change of floods, droughts and heat waves which  threat the very fabric of our cities.   Although claiming otherwise (“fake news”), most of the schemes used by conventional planning are typically mono-functional which do not  map and model potentially synergistic interactions between the intervention and the surrounding environment and they deliver poor quality of urban life and poor value for money.  Conventional planning “wisdom” relies on “protecting nature” approach which result in high irrecoverable costs. On the contrary, our BGS (“inverse”) approach deploys nature to protect people and urban ecosystems at large reduction of life-cycle costs. This pioneering, integrated planning methodology (termed Nature Based Solutions or NBS) entails the mapping, quantification and optimisation of interactions between blue green infrastructure installations and the local environment. Key to this planning methodology is a series of planning matrixes one of which is Goal Driven Planning Matrix. Presented are examples of what we term “missed opportunities” in today’s urban planning practice along with the BGS framework, for  planning innovations, for realising new opportunities which enable full exploitation of all potential urban synergies; much more liveable city, effective with strong business and investment incentives. Illustrative examples of BG (nexus) solutions  (beyond “fake news”) cover individual buildings, small and large developments, multifunctional systems such sport centres, university campuses, residential and industrial sites, multifunctional urban metabolic hubs (WWTP—Waste Water Treatment Plants)  and retrofitting of old traditional arts of cities with high cultural heritage values.

Prof. Čedo Maksimović
Imperial College
London, United Kingdom

Integrated Hybrid Life Cycle Optimization for Multi-Scale Sustainability Analytics of Energy Systems
Sun / 01.07. @ 11:30
As evidenced by the recent Paris Agreement on climate change and the public’s increasing interests in carbon footprints, environmental sustainability issues are becoming more prevalent in the thoughts and actions of many people around the world. Systems analysis and optimization methods from a life cycle perspective are playing an increasingly important role in the transition of current energy systems towards a sustainable future. This talk will review recent advances in the area of life cycle optimization for sustainability analytics of energy systems. We will specifically focus on a multi-scale life cycle optimization framework that accounts for and optimizes the direct and indirect environmental impacts from the foreground process systems scale and from the background macroeconomic scale through the integration of process systems optimization with economic input-output-based models. The life cycle optimization methods can also be combined ith computable general equilibrium models for minimizing environmental impacts resulted from the global land use changes. Applications of these general computational frameworks will be illustrated by case studies on bioenergy/biofuels and on shale gas energy systems. We will conclude with a brief review of multi-scale applications of life cycle optimization methods from materials to global scales.

Prof. Fengqi You
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York, United States

Fengqi You is the Roxanne E. and Michael J. Zak Professor at Cornell University (Ithaca, New York). He was on the faculty of Northwestern University from 2011 to 2016, and worked at Argonne National Laboratory as an Argonne Scholar from 2009 to 2011. He has published more than 110 peer-reviewed articles in leading journals, and has an h-index of 43. Some of his research results have been editorially highlighted in Nature, featured on journal covers (e.g. Energy & Environmental Science, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, and Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research), and covered by major media outlets (e.g. The New York Times, BBC, BusinessWeek, and National Geographic). His recent awards include American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) W. David Smith, Jr. Publication Award (2011), Northwestern-Argonne Early Career Investigator Award (2013), National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2016), AIChE Environmental Division Early Career Award (2017), AIChE Sustainable Engineering Research Excellence Award (2017), and ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Lectureship Award (2018), as well as a number of best paper awards and most-cited article recognitions. He is currently an Associate Editor of Computers & Chemical Engineering, a Consulting Editor of AIChE Journal, and an editorial board member of several leading journals (e.g. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering). His research focuses on the development of novel computational models, optimization algorithms, statistical machine learning methods, and systems analysis tools for process manufacturing, energy systems, smart agriculture, and sustainability. More information about his research group can be found from the website:

Atmospheric Dispersion Modeling as a Strategic Tool for Air Quality Protection
Tue / 03.07. @ 11:30
Strict air quality standards and diversity of the emission sources require detailed and sufficiently reliable planning of the construction of new emission sources or any changes to existing ones at some area. Since the atmosphere presents a complex system in which variety of physical and chemical processes occur simultaneously, mathematical and numerical techniques to simulate those processes that affect air pollutants as they disperse and react in the atmosphere, present necessary tool for its understanding and air quality management system. This lecture will focus on dispersion modeling, since these kind of models are typically used in the permitting process to estimate the concentration of pollutants at specified ground-level area or specific receptors. Historical background of atmospheric dispersion modeling, basic modelling theory and review of appropriate models will be presented. Requirements and methods for dispersion modeling, as recognized important regulatory tool is prescribed by EU and worldwide legal acts, and the most important of them will be listed. Final conclusions will be exposed with the results of several real case studies, produced by AERMOD regulatory modelling system, a steady-state plume model that incorporates air dispersion based on planetary boundary layer turbulence structure and scaling concepts, including treatment of both surface and elevated sources, and both simple and complex terrain

Prof. Aleksandar Jovovic
University of Belgrade, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Belgrade, Serbia

Full Professor, PhD in Process Engineering, expert in environmental protection engineering, drying processes, combustion processes, energy efficiency in industry, modeling in process and environmental engineering; over 50 bibliographic items and publications; national cleaner production expert; member of technical board for EIA and IPPC processes on all authority levels; member or coordinator in international and national educational and scientific projects and organizations, several national research and capacity building programs for national institutions


Benchmarking the performance of cities across energy, water and environment systems
related metrics presents an opportunity to trigger policy learning, action, and cooperation to bring cities closer to sustainable development.