This is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, a day of action to empower people with the information and tools they need to make the world healthier, safer, more just and sustainable.
The Ecocity World Summit is the longest-standing international Summit that addresses building cities in balance with nature. It is a biennial event involving over 1,000 delegates from around the world. The first Summit 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.
The 2019 Summit focused on 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 imperitives
Each day of the 2019 Summit highlighted one of these four topics in order to promote the understanding and development of Socially Just and Ecologically Sustainable Cities.