The Portland Sustainability Institute will host the 2012 Ecodistricts Summit October 23- 26, as part of the ongoing effort to build smarter, more resilient, and more livable urban districts across the world. Policymakers, planners, developers, business leaders, and financers from around the world will forge solutions to some of the more pressing issues facing metropolitan areas.
Simply put, an Ecodistrict is a neighborhood or district dedicated to sustainability. The Ecodistricts Summit will allow for forward-thinking, collaborative ideas, bringing together some of the world’s best minds to tackle population, pollution, civic engagement, and community development.
Keynote speaker Carol Coletta is currently the leader of ArtPlace, an American initiative created by banks, foundations, and agencies (like the National Endowment for the Arts), that seeks to transform communities by investing in art and culture. She hosted and produced a nationally syndicated public radio show called Smart City, served as president of CEOs for Cities, and directed the Mayor’s Institute on City Design in Memphis.
Coletta has highlighted the importance of compact, local, intimate communities for creativity and connection.
PoSI is a nonprofit dedicated to building partnerships and incubating solutions that efficiently and strategically address infrastructure, transportation, and energy sectors of urban landscapes. This past spring, leaders from Austin, Bellingham, Boston, Charlotte, Cleveland, Guadalajara (Mexico), Mountain View, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Vancouver (B.C.) met at Ecotrust for the first-ever Ecodistricts Institute to discuss neighborhood-scale planning in their respective cities.