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The Sustainable Lifestyle: Defined and Explained hosted by Columbia University's Earth Institute

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Columbia University's Earth Institute

This webinar will define and explain the sustainable urban lifestyle that can be achieved in the sustainable city. Cities provide the dynamic, social and ever-changing environment that people thrive on. We want to be part of the center of activity, to feel that we “belong” and yet that we are still distinctive. It is in the world’s cities that human potential can be realized—we just need to make sure we don’t destroy the planet while we explore that potential. The sustainable city involves a sustainable lifestyle and a transformation from the consumer society to something else. This webinar will discuss: the changing nature of consumption; fitness and wellness; lifelong learning; the importance of place; the changing nature of work; and the connected world culture. Consumption becomes more oriented toward services, entertainment, travel and experiences and less to possessing manufactured products. Such products become commodities in the sustainable city, providing the necessities of life, but no longer serving as self-justifying goals. Culture and values are far more powerful forces of social change and consumption patterns than regulation.

What You Will Learn:

  • Gain insight into reurbanization trends across the United States
  • Develop an understanding of sustainable consumption and the sustainable lifestyle
  • Learn about the causes and impacts of the sharing economy
  • Uncover the latest trends in cities around the world related to work, health, education and lifestyle
  • Learn about the social context of sustainability, and the role of culture and values


  • Dr. Steven CohenExecutive Director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute and a Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs

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