From Concept to Implementation; A Lecture for Increasing the Awareness Level of People about Sustainable Cities and Communities in terms of Sustainable Transportation

Baş A.

59th ISOCARP WORLD CONGRESS, Toronto, Canada, 10 - 13 October 2023, pp.1-13

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Toronto
  • Country: Canada
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-13
  • Abdullah Gül University Affiliated: Yes


Transportation is the main driving force and currently the largest end-use of energy in many countries either economic developed or developing countries. So, sustainable transportation is the key element for our future of cities in terms of infrastructure, logistics, affordability, public transportation networks, safety and efficiency of the systems. Besides, not only economic activities, but also the social and physical conditions like air quality, congestion, reducing greenhouse gas emission directly depend on improving the sustainable transportation systems. Increasing the awareness of sustainable transportation tools is a critical issue for communities in order to reduce the gas emissions and efficient use of transportation modes. Universities are one of the stakeholders for enhancing the conscious about sustainable transportation systems. Under the enlightenment of UN Sustainable Development Goals, Abdullah Gül University established the Global (GLB) courses in Kayseri-Turkiye for increasing the awareness of SDG’s. This paper analyzes the outcome of the university course (GLB205 Sustainable Cities & Communities – Sustainable Transportation) in terms of SDG11 Sustainable Cities and Communities. Kayseri Metropolitan Municipality is one of the supporters of the lecture by providing the public transportation mode services and bikes. The lecture consists of many individual activities, presentations, group works as well as a case study. During the semester, students experience different transportation modes from the point of sustainability and they recorded their observation weekly. Besides, a survey handled with students and inhabitants in Kayseri for measuring the awareness level of people for sustainable transport modes and zero emission. Inhabitants selected by randomly in downtown Kayseri. According to the outcomes, the analysis points out that not only inhabitants in the city, also students are not aware of why sustainable transportation is crucial for saving our futures. Since 2022, the lecture carried out for four semesters and the results figure out that if the conscious about sustainable transport is improved by education and if the education supported by many activities like experiencing different transportation modes especially bike and other not motorized vehicles, then the awareness of the sustainability from the point of transportation modes increased notable either university students or inhabitants in the city. One of the main outputs of the survey is education level has a direct impact on people behaviors for choosing the sustainable transportation modes. Besides, people are also sensitive about environmental issues and if they have chance to change the climate effects circumstances, they want to help the authorities and other stakeholders in the systems. All in all, the study shows that increasing the awareness of environmental issues by educating people has a positive impact for chancing the transportation mode behaviors and it allows the authorities to reduce the cost of environmental problems by producing new eco-friendly policies.

Keywords: Sustainable Transport, GHG Emission, University