Ecocity World Summit 2019 will engage participants in the critical conversations of our time. Through plenary, presentations, workshops, field trips, and informal discussion, participants can expect to engage with each other to gather information, explore ideas, propose solutions, and identify allies in the quest for socially just and ecologically sustainable cities.
City builders, city dwellers, and city leaders around the world are seeking answers to a host of questions about ecocities. By sharing knowledge with each other, Summit participants will learn:
How we can achieve low-carbon lifestyles to stabilize climate at 1.5 degree Celsius
How cities can be restructured to live within planetary boundaries
How urban living and global habitat restoration are connected
How cities can do a better job of supporting access to safe and affordable housing
How ecocities can avoid the asset deficit for infrastructure renewal and urban revitalization
What the world’s leading ecocities are doing to achieve reductions in emissions, waste, and resource demands and successfully bend the urban metabolism
Which performance standards and rating systems are best suited to achieving sustainability goals, and how the International Ecocity Standards (IES) support existing systems
How an ecocity approach to rebuilding cities in balance with nature can simultaneously create vibrant, healthy, happy places for people to live, work, and play
Framing the Conversations
Participants may be drawn to follow the conversation around the primary theme of socially just and ecologically sustainable cities or a particular sub-theme, IES category, or individual IES standard.
The integrated nature of an ecocity approach—and of sustainability itself—means that each standard represents part of a larger, whole system, and each IES pillar or Summit sub-theme offers a way to explore part of the solution. Therefore, the program is intended to be interactive and inter-disciplinary to help participants build bridges and connect ideas for action.
View the program to identify the conversations you want to follow.
By Theme and Sub-theme
The Summit conversations are oriented to an overarching theme and three sub-themes that weave through all the program sessions:
Overarching theme: Socially Just and Ecologically Sustainable Cities
Sub-theme 1: Climate Action
Sub-theme 2: Circular Economy
Sub-theme 3: Informal Solutions for Sustainable Development
The overarching theme represents the goal and the sub-themes build the bridge to get there.
By IES Category
Each of the 18 individual standards addresses an area of challenge and opportunity for aspiring ecocities. Their measure tracks progress related to the four broad categories above. Each is considered integral to the whole functioning of socially just and ecologically sustainable cities.
The Ecocity World Summit addresses the way humanity builds its home — its cities, towns and villages. The aim is to unite people through a new way of living on the planet that provides the best possible cities while enhancing, not destroying, the biosphere.
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