sustainable urban transformations.

The concept of sustainable urban transformation places emphasis on understanding cities as a source of opportunities for sustainability, promoting active collaboration among diverse stakeholders and integrating different perspectives and bodies of knowledge and expertise.



After two centuries of urbanization, much of the global population currently lives in urban areas, and urban centers will continue to grow. Cities play a dominant role in global consumption, production and the associated environmental impacts. Cities are often associated with social and economic problems such as poverty and segregation; pressure on infrastructure, buildings, energy supply, water systems and drainage, sanitation, waste management; and economic vulnerability, as well as ecological problems related to pollution, resource use, congestion and spatial competition.

At the same time, it is in cities that inspiration is found for innovation, renewal and new levels of comfort. Cities also have the potential to create cohesion and synergies between individuals and businesses. By taking more sustainable, zero-carbon and resilient (closed-loop) pathways, urban centers will be able to deal with the climate risks such as flooding, urban heat islands and temperature rise. It’s the responsibility of urban centers to improve air quality, reduce emissions, waste and resource use, whilst promoting wellbeing, public health and social balance in order to create ‘restorative’ urban centers.

what we do.

GreA’s sustainable urban transformation facilitates the urban transition process through collaboration and systemic innovation across infrastructure, governance and investment. Urban green infrastructure is a key factor to creating sustainable and livable cities in the future. The importance of green environments for good health, equality, climate adaption and biodiversity is undisputed. At the same time rapid urbanization and a growing population are driving the densification of cities.

How can practice and research work together towards evidence based strategies and solutions which prove that cities can be made denser while at the same time sustaining and developing ecosystem services for the benefit of inhabitants?

capacity building and education for sustainable development.

GreA promotes knowledge sharing, and invests in place-based and challenge-based learning for sustainable urban development. Education and learning for sustainable development focuses on key sustainable topics, such as: climate change, biodiversity, resource use, poverty reduction, and sustainable consumption. This requires participatory and integrated teaching and learning methods that motivate and empower learners (professionals, graduates, students, and people in the informal sector) to change their behavior and take action for sustainable development. How do we connect sustainable development with education, learning and the new global goals for sustainable development? Urban Transitions facilitates, catalyzes and enables collaboration, bringing diverse and competing stakeholders together. It is a beacon for best practice and knowledge in urban transformation.

integrated and systemic eco-innovation.

Innovation used to be a linear trajectory from new knowledge to new product. Now innovation is neither singular nor linear, but systemic. Innovation is not divisible – ‘good in parts’ is no good at all. It is a Holistic Approach for the New Knowledge-Driven Economy. It arises from complex interactions between many individuals, organizations and their operating environment. Urban Transformations fosters innovation that synergizes city systems and infrastructure on the following principles: circular economy and waste as a resource; district proximity, connectivity and efficiency; novel data architecture and management to support smart and responsive technologies.

sustainable development and smart growth.

Sustainable development and smart growth are often used interchangeably. Smart growth is development that is environmentally sensitive, economically viable, community-oriented, and sustainable. It is an approach to land-use planning that promotes compact, transit-oriented urban communities that are attractive and livable. Smart growth focuses on the planning and layout of communities and the efficient use of land to maximize community goals and avoid wasteful sprawl. Sustainable urban transformations make the case for smart, sustainable development through articulating new models of value, and visualizing and making sense of complex data. Urban Transitions demonstrates how one ‘engagement’ can be more efficient and have multiple outcomes and benefits.


Greennovations-Africa (greA.) inspires a transition towards a green and inclusive economy by supporting industries, agriculture and other land-use enterprises to achieve integration, productivity, profitability and sustainable growth.


Greennovations-Africa Limited
P.O. Box 33837
Plot 7 Queen Maxima Road (Minister’s Village)
Ntinda Nakawa Division
Kampala, Uganda

+256 786 042 184 / +256 786 042 184