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May 8-10 2012, Portland: Greg Searle on faculty at EcoDistricts Institute

May 8-10 2012, Portland: Greg Searle on faculty at EcoDistricts Institute

Greg Searle was a faculty member on behavior change in ecodistricts at the inaugural EcoDistrict Institute in Portland from May 8-10, 2012, an initiative of the Portland Sustainability Institute.

The EcoDistricts Institute is a new two day workshop and executive level training and capacity building program for municipal and neighborhood community development leaders across North America. The Institute is designed to help local senior officials work effectively with key private, nonprofit and academic partners to develop integrated neighborhood-scale sustainable development projects (e.g. EcoDistricts) in their communities.  Through a mix of interactive plenary presentations and facilitated work sessions, the Institute brings together experts in neighborhood planning, urban design, green infrastructure, project finance and public policy to present best practices from around North America and beyond.

The 2012 EcoDistricts Institute cities were Charlotte, Boston, Philadelphia, Cleveland, University of British Columbia, Bellingham, Mountain View, San Francisco, Austin, Guadalajara.

Greg has led the creation of ambitious 10-year sustainability action plans for One Planet Communities – infill projects, master-planned communities, campuses and EcoDistricts in Canada and the USA, including the award-winning Sonoma Mountain Village.

Fellow faculty members included Tony DeFalco (Tony DeFalco & Associates), an expert in community economic development, environmental protection and sustainability whose current projects include the establishment of the first equity-driven EcoDistrict in the United States.

For more information on EcoDistricts, BioRegional’s EcoConcierge program, or One Planet Communities in North America please contact Greg.