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ECOCITY World Summit 2019 – Abstract submission is now open!

By on September 27, 2018

BCIT and Ecocity Builders invites abstract submissions for Academic oral paper presentations, poster or Practitioner Proposals at Ecocity World Summit 2019. Practitioner Proposals comprise of either 1) an oral presentation, or 2) a workshop or field trip or training session.

Conference Themes:

The overarching conference theme is “Socially Just and Ecologically Sustainable Cities” with three sub-themes addressing:

  1. Climate Action
  2. Circular Economy
  3. Informal Solutions for Sustainable Development

Key Points to address the themes

Socially Just and Ecologically Sustainable Cities

  • Building and operating cities in balance with nature
  • Biomimicry and regenerative design
  • Managing human impacts to ensure ecological integrity is maintained
  • Equitable access to resources needed to live a dignified life
  • Reconciling benefit-takers with cost-bearers in resource consumption and development
  • Using intelligence of design to create sustainable solutions
  • Role of the public realm to support community participation and development

Climate Action

  • Urban alignment with ecosystem services
  • Working within ecological limits and systems interdependence
  • Role of city as interface between climate action and impacts
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Accounting for consumption-based emissions (not just production)
  • Resilience and adaptation across the spectrum of biophysical conditions (air, water, soil, resources/materials, energy, food)
  • International migration resulting from dislocation of people (climate refugees)
  • Clean technology solutions for efficient and renewable energy
  • Community mobilization for one-planet living

Circular Economy

  • Changing assumptions about economic processes that help or hinder prosperity
  • Increasing opportunity while reducing absolute energy and material flows (decoupling)
  • Bending the urban metabolism
  • Sharing and repurposing things through new socio-economic pathways
  • Bioregional approaches to local provisioning

Informal Solutions for Sustainable Development

  • Limited administrative capacity to respond to multitude of issues
  • Role of informal settlements as spaces of innovation to drive solutions for climate action, adaptation to environmental risk, access to shelter and services
  • Recognizing, capturing and engaging spontaneous solutions for sustainability and resilience
  • Support for participating in decisions
  • Evolution of healthy culture in lifestyles and behaviours
  • Permaculture in practice

For further information, please contact EWS2019-speakers at icsevents.com or visit ecocity2019.com

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