EcoDistricts Comes to the City of Angels for Greenbuild 2016

Fresh off the heels of the 2016 Summit, EcoDistricts is bringing the urban regen movement to Los Angeles for the annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, Oct. 5-7. More than just a gathering of global green-building professionals and experts, Greenbuild has become a platform for meaningful discussion on how to scale the values of sustainability beyond the building. We look forward to seeing you at the show in Los Angeles. Join me, Rob Bennett and JC Burton will be on-site and at various sessions and booths from leaders in the sustainable cities movement (see below).



Visit a Partner Booth to Uncover the EcoDistricts Protocol

One of the best ways to engage with us at Greenbuild is to visit one of our partners’ exhibitor booths and learn more about the EcoDistricts Protocol, our framework for achieving people-centered, economically vibrant, planet-loving neighborhood sustainability. You can learn more about applying the Protocol to your urban redevelopment projects at the following booths:

Arup at Booth 2301
Integral Group at Booth 823
BuildingGreen, Inc. at Booth 1632

We are fortunate to have FOUR of our rockstar Board members presenting at Greenbuild:

 headshot-melanie-nutterMelanie Nutter is leading a session on EcoDistricts and how the Protocol shaped the development of three projects in San Francisco. Melanie was previously Director of the San Francisco Department of Environment, helping the city achieve an 80% waste diversion rate, reduce its carbon emissions to 14.5% below 1990 levels and be named the Greenest City in North America by Siemens. This session is not to be missed if you’re working on addressing local issues around resilience, climate change or social equity.

Session G09 – EcoDistricts for Resilience, Equity & Climate Protection • Friday, October 7 • 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

headshot-erin-barnes-e1469735535467-768x768Erin Barnes is founder of the popular urban crowdfunding site ioby, which helps neighbors grow and implement great ideas one block at a time. by connecting leaders with funding and support. Erin will share her incredible expertise on the Sharing Economy and how it can help shape a neighborhood.

Session D13 – The Shared City: The Sharing Economy in the Evolution of the City • Thursday, October 6 • 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

headshot-antwi-akomAntwi Akom, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at San Francisco State University and an expert on culturally and community responsive solutions to food security/justice, race and education, community-driven sustainable development, and youth participatory action research. He was also one of the highlights of our recent EcoDistricts Summit in Denver. If you’ve never heard Antwi speak, this session will transform your perspective on addressing social equity.

Session F15 – We Need to Talk about Racial Wellness and Sustainability: Planning for the People by the People and the Power of Collaboration • Thursday, October 6 • 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

headshot-deb-guenther-e1466637249734Deb Guenther, Partner & Director of Landscape Architecture at Mithun is presenting with our friends at Interface Engineering on Chatham University’s amazing Eden Hall Campus, featuring full cycle water recycling, net positive energy production, and zero waste operations.

Session C08 – Innovations & Lessons Learned: New Net Positive Energy Campus • Wednesday, October 5 • 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM



See the Protocol applied in Special Sessions

Two of our EcoDistricts projects will be presented in special sessions by the teams themselves. Learn how these teams achieved district-scale energy, resiliency planning and developed clear roadmaps to bring the entire community onto the same page.

The Lloyd EcoDistrict and its Hassalo on Eighth project will be discussed at:
Session B04 – Financing and Operating Building Water Recycling Systems
Wednesday, October 5 • 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

The Millvale EcoDistrict and the incredible work of the EvolveEA team will share their process at: Session G06 – Getting to Scale: Tribe Building for Resilient Communities
Friday, October 7 • 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM



While most people think of Greenbuild as the place to see the latest eco-friendly building materials, those of us working to make vibrant, urban neighborhoods will also find a great deal of education sessions to choose from. To help you navigate the hundreds of different sessions taking place, we’ve compiled a list of incredible sessions for urban placemakers and designers.

CA10 – Promoting Health through Community Development
Tuesday, October 4 • 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

CA08 – Regeneration from Disaster – NYCHA Red Hook Houses
Tuesday, October 4 • 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

A15 – Stories of the Green Building Movement
Wednesday, October 5 • 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

CL03 – LEED for Neighborhood Development: Connect & Learn
Wednesday, October 5 • 10:15 AM to 11:15 AM

B08 – The Path to Net Zero Energy & Water – Against all Odds
Wednesday, October 5 • 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

C14 – Global Trends in Sustainable Real Estate and Infrastructure
Wednesday, October 5 • 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

C12 – Green Cleaning at the Googleplex
Wednesday, October 5 • 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

C04 – Cities Catalyzing Sustainable Water Use: LA and Atlanta
Wednesday, October 5 • 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

C03 – Mindful Design: Beginner’s Mind in Practice
Wednesday, October 5 • 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

C08 – Innovations & Lessons Learned: New Net Positive Energy Campus
Wednesday, October 5 • 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

C01 – The Urban Skyscraper as a Resilient Refuge
Wednesday, October 5 • 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

D08 – Net Zero Cambridge – How Cities Get to Net Zero Emissions
Thursday, October 6 • 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

E12 – Leading the Way on Health & Wellbeing Piloting and Action
Thursday, October 6 • 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

About Greenbuild:

Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. The ideals and passion of the green building community come alive at Greenbuild. The buzz is contagious. Greenbuild brings together industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday work, and a unique energy is sparked. Participants are invigorated. Inspired. They find themselves equipped to return to their jobs with a renewed passion and purpose.

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