Orlando's First EcoDistrict: Local Sustainability Initiatives as Economic Catalyst for Main Street Programs

APA Florida Chapter


Thursday, September 7, 2017
2:45 p.m. - 4 p.m. EDT

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Presenters will share lessons learned in the establishment of the City of Orlando's first EcoDistrict in the Audubon Park Garden District. An EcoDistrict is a Portland-based model of sustainability planning that starts at a community level and works towards policy changes that ensure that sustainability is at the forefront of future land use and infrastructure changes. The framework includes eight focus areas: energy, water, health & wellbeing, access & mobility, community identity, habitat & ecosystem, materials management, and equitable development. Each of the benchmarks will be reviewed and specific goals and achievable action items will be shared for other communities.


Katy Magruder, LEED GA

Invited Speaker

Katy is a planner with the City of Orlando. Katy holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from Rollins College and now works to integrate urban concepts with active transportation solutions and mixed-use development options to create a more connected city as a planner for the City of Orlando ... Read More

Jennifer Marvel

Invited Speaker

Jennifer was one of the founding members of the Audubon Park Garden District Main Street Program in 2008 and has been the director since 2012. Under Jennifer’s leadership the area has received extensive positive press including the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, CNN, Southern Living, USA Today, and more ... Read More

Katie Shannon, CNU-a

Invited Speaker

Katie is passionate about making a meaningful contribution to the world and is a valuable contributor to the Orlando community. She is dedicated to bettering our environment through her work as a Planner at VHB, where she drafts community redevelopment plans and sustainability action plans which include low-impact development techniques ... Read More

Contact Info

Allara Gutcher, allara@theplanningcollaborative.com