UCEM and The Prince’s Foundation launch free toolkit for rapidly growing cities or towns to develop sustainably

Posted on: 11 November, 2021

City leaders, local governments and built environment professionals in rapidly growing towns and cities can learn how to implement sustainable development thanks to a new, free toolkit.

The Rapid Planning Toolkit – developed by UCEM and The Prince’s Foundation – is a simple and practical online toolkit which assists users in creating walkable neighbourhood plans.

The course is a response to the dramatic increase in the world’s population forecast for the next three decades, particularly in towns and cities with fewer than one million inhabitants. This rapid population growth in such towns and cities represents a huge challenge for those managing urban areas, with the toolkit for anyone interested in sustainable city planning or design, including built environment professionals, city leaders/councillors and academics/students.

Upon completion of the course, learners will receive a certificate endorsed by Commonwealth Association of Planners, the Commonwealth Local Government Forum, the Commonwealth Association of Architects and the Commonwealth Engineers Council.

Alice Preston-Jones, senior programme manager for The Prince’s Foundation, comments: “The Prince’s Foundation is delighted to be partnering with UCEM on the creation of this online course.

“It has been fantastic to see the methodology created by The Prince’s Foundation and a range of partners be transformed into an online course that will help build capacity in the places that need it most.

“We look forward to continuing to work with UCEM on further courses for the Rapid Planning Toolkit and look forward to hearing from users that undertake the course in the coming months.”

To find out more about the course, including details of how to sign up, head to the ‘Introduction to the Rapid Planning Toolkit’ webpage.