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SCDN Webinar – Ecodistricts – A Community Planning Process for a Sustainable Future.

8-30-2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

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How can a community with limited resources create a shared vision of a sustainable neighborhood? Ecodistrict planning builds community capacity for the development and implementation of regenerative systems for Energy, Water, Nutrients and Waste. Through an initial focus on community engagement, education, and the expansion of resident and business participation, Ecodistricts cultivate fertile ground for bold visions of sustainable development to take root and flourish. Fostering transparency, action, and accountability in the subsequent phases ensures the vision is successfully implemented with robust community support.

Please join the Sustainable Community Development Network (SCDN), facilitated by Sustainable Pittsburgh, and the Local Government Academy for a webinar about the Ecodistrict planning process and how it might be utilized in your community.

This webinar features practical insights, experience, and advice from Ecodistrict and sustainable community practitioners. Presenters will discuss developing and implementing the Ecodistrict process in the City of Pittsburgh and Millvale Borough, and experiences with expanding Millvale’s award-winning Ecodistrict plan to include neighboring communities in the process, the Boroughs of Etna and Sharpsburg, forming the Triboro Ecodistrict. The original Millvale Ecodistrict Pivot plan won an American Planning Association’s National Planning Achievement Award for Environmental Planning.

The Ecodistrict planning process was developed into a formal framework and Protocol by the EcoDistricts organization with input from experienced practitioners from around the world, including Christine Mondor and Zaheen Hussain. The Ecodistrict planning process is ideal for improving long-term community sustainability. The EcoDistricts Protocol and process is well aligned with the criteria set forth in the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification, a statewide performance recognition program of the Pennsylvania Municipal League managed in collaboration with Sustainable Pittsburgh.

Featured Speakers;

  • Christine Mondor, Principal of the planning and design firm EvolveEA, Chairwoman of the City of Pittsburgh’s Planning Commission, Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Zaheen Hussain, Millvale’s Sustainability Coordinator and New Sun Rising’s Sustainability Director
  • Jim Price, Sustainable Community Manager, Sustainable Pittsburgh
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