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Ecocity World Summit 2019

In 2019, Vancouver will proudly host an international audience of urban stakeholders who are eagerly looking to develop cities in balance with the natural world. We are actively working with key individuals to create a program that speaks to the many challenges cities face around the globe. The concept behind Socially Just and Ecologically Sustainable Cities will be explored through insightful presentations, educational field trips, and collaborative idea sharing. Important sub-themes include climate action, circular economies, and informal solutions for sustainable development. Of special interest, the conference will focus on the much-anticipated International Ecocity Standards (IES). The IES has 18 standards pertaining to sustainable urban living grouped under urban design, bio-geophysical conditions, socio-cultural features, and ecological imperatives.

Theme: Socially Just and Ecologically Sustainable Cities

The 2019 conference will bring focus to the International Ecocity Standards (IES) which were developed through a decade-long partnership between Ecocity Builders and BCIT School of Construction and the Environment. The IES has 18 standards pertaining to sustainable urban living grouped under:
  • Urban design
  • Bio-geophysical conditions
  • Socio-cultural features
  • Ecological imperatives
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Vancouver, British Columbia

The City of Vancouver is known for its stunning natural beauty and walkable downtown. Vancouver has been ranked one of the most livable cities in the world for the past decade and was ranked as having the 4th highest quality of living in the world as of 2010, on par with cities such as Melbourne, Vienna, and Toronto.

Vancouver is a highly diverse and multicultural city with people from all around the world. As such, it is a popular tourist destination and has been regarded as one of the most outstanding convention cities in the world. The city offers plenty of fine dining and shopping, but is also an excellent place for more outdoor pursuits such as hiking, golfing, boating, and surfing. Mountains and beaches are both accessible from downtown, as well as Stanley Park, a 400-hectare urban park.

Explore the World's First Double LEED Platinum Convention Centre

Located on Vancouver’s downtown waterfront with a dramatic mountain backdrop, the world’s first double LEED® Platinum certified convention centre offers one of the most beautiful settings in the world. The award-winning Vancouver Convention Centre demonstrates a multitude of LEED® certified building and LEED® certified operations.

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Meet the Program Committee: 

Sahar Attia

Richard Smith

Theresa Williamson

Aparajithan Narasimhan

Adel Abdel-Kader