Sustainability of Urban Infrastructures

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Zavrl M. S., Zeren M. T.

Sustainability, vol.2, no.9, pp.2950-2964, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 2 Issue: 9
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.3390/su2092950
  • Journal Name: Sustainability
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.2950-2964
  • Keywords: Assessment, Indicators, Matrix, Sustainability, Urban infrastructures
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


The scope of the paper is to overview the different approaches for evaluation of urban infrastructure sustainability. In this context, urban infrastructure covers transportation, energy, water, sewage and information networks as well as waste management and blue-green infrastructure, in terms of both the supply and demand side. A common effort of partners in the European project "C8-Best Practice in Sustainable Urban Infrastructure", developed under the Cooperation in Science and Technology program (COST), in brief COST C8, was focused on defining the methods, indicators and criteria for evaluation of sustainability, and resulted in a guidebook for decision-makers in local authorities. Here, the COST C8 matrix for simple sustainability assessment of urban infrastructure is applied to The Path (POT) case-a circular memorial and recreational park around the city of Ljubljana, Slovenia. The applicability and acceptance of the matrix in 43 other cases of sustainable urban infrastructure, collected in the COST C8 project, is presented and discussed. © 2010 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.