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Learn about the implementation and applications of the EcoDistricts Protocol

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Our informational webinars are an opportunity to learn about work being done around the world to create just, resilient, and sustainable neighborhoods. Our series of informational webinars feature diverse speakers, innovative research and a variety of perspectives.


Civic Ecology: A Citizen-Driven Framework for Communities

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST / 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CST / 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Much of the conversation around sustainable development has focused on designing better “hardware” – energy efficient buildings; renewable energy; leaner, greener infrastructure. While these manifestations of sustainability in the built environment are important, they are not the whole solution. Great communities have robust “software”, the self-initiated, self-perpetuating activities and social networks of local citizens. The Civic Ecology Institute, led by Portland-based SERA Architects, seeks to illuminate how that software and hardware fit together to constitute a completely sustainable community.

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Blue Infrastructure – A Holistic Approach to Water Ecology

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST / 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CST / 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

The era of taking water for granted is over. Climate change and aging infrastructure has prioritized water in the planning and design of our buildings, landscapes, and communities. The most desirable and resilient communities rely on “integrated water strategies,” ways of handling water that integrate built and natural environments, ecological science with traditional planning and design, and the people who live and work there. When designing a site – at the building or district scale – as part of a watershed and as habitat for all life, amazing things can happen. Understanding a project’s water footprint focuses resources on increasing resiliency through expanded habitat and green space, net zero water, and water reuse. This holistic approach to infrastructure respects the natural water cycle and access to clean water. Hosted by Biohabitats, this webinar helps you understand district-scale opportunities including integrated infrastructure, water resources, and ecological benefits.

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Centering Health in District Scale Development

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST / 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CST / 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Deep dive into projects focusing on upstream determinants of health, including communities anchored by major healthcare institutions

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Funding Neighborhood Sustainability

Wednesday, July 17, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST / 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CST / 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

How major foundations and organizations are funding impactful change in equitable and sustainable neighborhood work

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Pittsburgh Embraces EcoDistricts

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST / 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CST / 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Learning from the individuals, organizations, and neighborhoods making Pittsburgh a hub for EcoDistricts

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Net Zero Districts

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST / 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CST / 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Exploring ground-breaking clean technologies and integrated design for energy, buildings and infrastructure that deliver measurable environmental benefits

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