A renewed sense of hope at EcoCity World Summit 2008

April 25, 2008 at 5:16 pm (EcoCity World Summit 2008) (, , , , )

An example of a green building from Flickr by sillydog

Delegates from across the globe are gathering this week in San Francisco to share ideas and innovations to advance the international movement for sustainable cities.

A WorldChanging blog by Holly Pearson highlights the seventh international EcoCity World Summit, which will be hosted by Oakland-based EcoCity Builders and partner organisations.

The international community of inspired change-makers are addressing the world’s environmental problems, whilst thinking of ” truly sustainable, ecologically, healthy and socially just” solutions.

Topics of agenda include
  • Ecological city design
  • Green architecture, green building
  • Renewable energy
  • Restoration of natural ecologies
  • Recycling
  • Green business incentives
  • Ecological footprint
Why are cities the main point of focus?

Richard Register, President of EcoCity Builders, explains that cities are, “directly connected to the state of the planet’s environment as well as to local problems and solutions, both ecological and economic.”

Mr Register went on to suggest that cities could run on a fraction of the energy and generate a fraction of the ecological impact if they were really well-designed and efficient.

The EcoCity World Summit Main Conference concludes tomorrow, with main topics of discussion being architecture, urban design, land use and government.

To register click here.

Sources:WorldChanging blog by Holly Pearson and EcoCity World Summit 2008

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10 things you need to know about environmental communities outside of the UK

February 17, 2008 at 7:03 pm (environmental communities) (, , , , , , )

1. California has it’s own Ecological Farming Association known more widely as Eco-Farm. This group is fighting for small-scale sustainable agriculture.

2. An organisation called the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is running a program that will improve the sustainability of small farms in Africa.

3. The Sustainable Communities Network (SCN) website explains a great deal about sustainability in all forms.

4. There is a Washington-based group on FaceBook called Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC) made-up of a network of organisations and individuals whose aim is to uproot environmental injustices through action and education.

5. The Otesha Project has announced the routes for the 2008 Otesha Cycling and Performing Tours – a mobile and sustainable community.

6. Non-profit organisations, Global Exchange and Co-op America colaborate to hold Green Festivals aimed at forging a just, sustainable, inclusive economy

7. The Rocky Mountain Sustainable Living Fair in Colorado educates people about sustainable living practices, renewable energy, organic agriculture and much more.

8. “Ionia [ a small village on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska] is a guide and model for fundamental and sustainable change in our approach to mental health, well-being, agriculture, family, community, and environmental awareness.”

9. YondersFarm in Georgia is a “non-profit, non-denominational, intentional community in rural Georgia” who invite people to discover how to live in a green sustainable way.

10. Global Green USA “works with governments, industry, and individuals to create a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future. Global Green USA is addressing three great challenges facing humanity: climate change, weapons of mass destruction, and the need for clean water.”

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