University of Siena
The University of Siena is one of Europe’s oldest Universities (1240) with a strengthen position in teaching and research at both national and international level. Fifteen departments provide bachelor’s and master’s degree programs to almost 20.000 students, PhD programs (376 PhD students) and other postgraduate schools. The University of Siena is oriented straight to strengthen relations between academic research and industry.
Role in City-zen
On behalf of the University of Siena, a team of researchers, namely Ecodynamics Group (www.ecodynamics.unisi.it), coordinated by Prof. Simone Bastianoni of the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Physical Sciences, was engaged in City-zen. The expertise of the group is intended to be exploited on two levels: enhancing the rationale around sustainability on scientific basis, mainly referring to thermodynamics (ref. “The Road to Sustainability”. WITpress, 2008); boosting knowledge on systems’ sustainability by performing indicators among Carbon Footprint, Ecological Footprint, Emergy-Exergy, Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare, Life Cycle Assessment. These, combined with GIS and ICT, can be potentially implemented for monitoring and assessing urban systems dynamics in space and time (e.g. energy flows, waste and water streams, CO2 emissions, air quality, etc.), both qualitatively and quantitatively (ref. “The Moving City”. Laris, 2011)