The Ecocity World Summit is the longest-standing international conference that addresses building cities in balance with nature. It is a biennial event which involves over 1000 delegates from all around the world. The first conference in this series was held in Berkeley, USA in 1990 with the purpose of bringing together bright minds to share knowledge on ecological and sustainable city designs. Ecocity Builders, a nonprofit corporation, has since been convening summits in different locations around the globe such as Abu Dhabi, UAE in 2015 and Melbourne, Australia in 2017.
This year, the conference will be hosted by the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in collaboration with the City of Vancouver and Tourism Vancouver at the Vancouver Convention Centre West from October 07-11, 2019.
Within BCIT, the School of Construction and the Environment will be taking the lead to convene the conference program. Ecocity 2019 will consist of keynote and guest speakers, presentations, and local field trips highlighting features of sustainable city design, construction and operation.
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
Each day of the 2019 summit will individually highlight one of these four topics in order to promote the understanding and development of Socially Just and Ecologically Sustainable Cities.
We look forward to seeing you in Vancouver at the Ecocity World Summit 2019!
In honor of all of these wonderful things that differentiate the cooperative business model, October has been declared National Co-op Month. It gives nods to the more than 29,000 co-ops across the country, from natural food stores, to banks, manufacturers and everything in between. Local, trusted and serving you.
Over 100 nationally and internationally acclaimed on-topic speakers. Join us in three unique speaker halls, all with their own format. Choose from individual speakers, expert panels, or in-depth roundtable discussions.
More details coming….
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From our agricultural roots to today’s cutting-edge sustainability efforts, the way we grow, eat, and share food has been shaped by innovation.
Visit Los Altos History Museum’s“Silicon Valley Eats” food exhibit.
May – September
Gather around the table with us this summer as we remember the orchards and canneries of the Valley of Heart’s Delight, celebrate today’s diversity of cuisine, and learn about the new food technologies being developed in Silicon Valley.
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A panel discussion on the ethical questions we should be asking ourselves when we buy and eat food.
How do we build a food system that reflects our deepest values?The current “Silicon Valley Eats: A Taste for Innovation” exhibit at the Los Altos History Museum shares stories of the orchards and canneries of the Valley of Heart’s Delight, shows how food technologies were developed in Silicon Valley and celebrates today’s diversity of cuisine, while also putting a spotlight on the future of food.
With this in mind, Slow Food South Bay brings together local food experts and celebrities, Jesse Ziff Cool, owner of Jesse Cool Restaurants, author of seven cookbooks and a pioneer in the movement for organic, seasonal, local food; Sibella Kraus, founder of the San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market as well as SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Education), which cultivates urban-edge places where farming and local fools culture can thrive; Peter Ruddock, a Slow Food California board president and Coordinator of the California Food Policy Council; and Blair Thompson, Hidden Villa’s Animal Husbandry Manager to discuss how our food choices can solve some of society’s biggest problems.
Thursday, August 15,
6:30 pm, Reception at Los Altos History Museum
7:00 pm, Panel Discussion at Los Altos Library
This event is free, but registration is encouraged. Light refreshments will be served.
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