By Katy Ricchiuto, EcoDistricts
This September 24-26, the world’s most innovative city makers will converge on the District of Columbia—a city that has captured the spirit of creative collaboration like few others.
Local Change. A Global Movement.
District-scale projects are emerging in cities worldwide, and the Summit will feature information-rich education sessions, keynotes, and workshops designed to share field reports and test emerging best practices from North America and beyond. Of course, there will also be plenty of opportunities for thoughtful networking and informal conversations.
You’ll come away with a clear sense of the state of the movement, a new community of fellow practitioners, and the tools and inspiration to go back to their own communities and start laying the groundwork for the neighborhoods of the future: healthy, vibrant, sustainable and just.
Our name, EcoDistricts, sums up our shared vision for creating sustainable cities from the neighborhood up by bringing together builders and entrepreneurs, policymakers and urban innovators to create vibrant neighborhoods, smart cities and a healthy planet.
Urban development leaders of all stripes see the EcoDistricts approach as the powerful way to address many of their pressing challenges, from climate change to neighborhood revitalization. Districts or neighborhoods provide an important scale to accelerate local sustainability goals—small enough to innovate quickly and big enough to have a meaningful impact to inform broader policy and community-wide investments.
EcoDistricts is creating a powerful convening, advocacy, technical assistance and research platform to serve the growing number of sustainable development practitioners, policymakers and change makers who are activating a demonstrable impact in their communities—strategic in nature, collaborative in approach and practical in application.