Sunday, September 8, 2019

Event - Ecocity World Summit 2019

The Ecocity World Summit will take place October 7–11, 2019, at the Vancouver Convention Centre, the world’s first double LEED® Platinum certified convention centre. Ecocity 2019 is where breakthroughs and advances will be shared. At this summit Mayor Kennedy Stewart and a host of local, regional and global experts will come together to build the bridge to socially just and ecologically sustainable cities.

This summit is being jointly hosted by the City of Vancouver and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). Vancouver is recognized as one of the world's most livable and greenest cities.  The city is wrapping up the first phase of its Greenest City 2020 Action Plan making it one of the few cities that are achieving net reductions in greenhouse gas emissions despite a growing population. Vancouver's diversity and multiculturalism represents International Ecocity Standards in action, achieving high-density, mixed use living with nature at the doorstep, and a commitment to manage its ecological footprint to achieve one-planet living.

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. Can cities be both ecologically healthy and socially just? There are no easy answers, not even in Vancouver. Yet multiple solutions are emerging with new leadership and new partnerships.

The Summit will help to build an infrastructure of ideas, strategies, and actions we can all use to promote cities that are socially inclusive and ecologically healthy. This year’s primary theme is “socially just and ecologically sustainable cities.” Important sub-themes include: climate action, circular economy, and informal solutions for sustainable development. These themes weave through the Summit tracks. The 2019 Summit brings focus to the International Ecocity Standards (IES) by using its four pillars as the Summit tracks:
  • Urban design
  • Bio-geophysical conditions
  • Socio-cultural features
  • Ecological imperatives
Meet the Speakers
  • Paul Hawken, Founder, Project Drawdown, USA
  • Julian Agyeman, Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University, USA.
  • Kathy Kinloch, President, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Canada
  • Sharon Gil, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Cities Unit, France.
  • Debra Roberts, Head of the Sustainable and Resilient City Initiatives Unit in eThekwini Municipality, Durban, South Africa.
  • Chiribabu Mahajan, Mayor of Lalitpur Metropolitan City, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
  • Kennedy Stewart, Mayor, City of Vancouver, Canada.
  • Cathy Oke, Councillor City of Melbourne First Vice President, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability Senior Enterprise Fellow in Informed Cities, Connected Cities Lab, University of Melbourne, Australia.
  • Marilyn Hamilton, Founder of Integral City Meshworks Inc, UK.
  • Kate Raworth, Author, Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist, UK.
  • Richard Register, Founder of the International Ecocity Conference Series, and the NGOs, Ecocity Builders, 1991 and Ecocity World, 2018, USA.
  • Gerben van Straaten, Founder of World of Walas. Urbanist. Author. Speaker. Dedicated to sustainable urban development, ethics, and innovations, Canada.
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