Northern Section Speaker Series #1: Delivering Low-Carbon Districts and Communities

APA California Chapter, Northern Section


Thursday, January 26, 2017, 5 p.m.
Thursday, January 26, 2017, 7:30 p.m. CST

San Francisco, CA, United States

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As cities undergo the biggest growth of the past 100 years, significant investments are being made to build and revitalize neighborhoods and commercial districts. With rapid growth, however, often comes an expanding equity gap in terms of income, education and health. While neighborhoods offer some of the most complex challenges facing city makers today, they also provide an opportunity to test scaleable solutions. By collaborating on neighborhood level sustainable development projects, property owners, businesses, and residents are able to accelerate investments toward increased equity, resilience and climate protection. Can neighborhood-scale innovations bridge the gap between our current urban infrastructure and the low-carbon cities of the future?

Join us for a session with pioneers in district and neighborhood-scale urban regeneration and resilience. Hear from these leading thinkers and doers on:

  • How district frameworks such as EcoDistricts foster the cross-sector and community engagement that is needed to deliver low-carbon and less resource intensive districts.
  • How sustainability and regeneration can be implemented at the district scale, using local and national examples.
  • The funding mechanisms and local governance strategies that can be used to deliver green, resilient districts.
  • The new EcoDistricts Certification and Accreditation process, including how to evaluate performance metrics around energy, water, and social equity to create custom community strategies.

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Toral Patel

Toral Patel is Build Public's Stewardship Program Manager. Toral oversees our work creating innovative local governance and financing systems for urban public spaces, to keep these spaces clean, safe and welcoming to all for the long term. From Green Benefit Districts (GBDs) to Community Facilities Districts (CFDs) to "Friends ... Read More

Lisa Fisher

Lisa Fisher leads the Sustainable City Team at the San Francisco Planning Department. Current efforts include district-scale sustainability planning, neighborhood and citywide policy frameworks, and inter-agency work on biodiversity and district-scale utilities. Lisa also provides sustainability, design, and sea level rise adaptation review for 3 of the City’s major ... Read More

Eric Corey Freed

As the EcoDistricts Director of Business Development + Partnerships, Eric engages and connects people to the important work we do through partnerships, sponsorships and thought-leadership. Through his 25 years of experience, Eric has worn several hats that enable him to leverage his vast network of contacts. Prior to joining EcoDistricts, he ... Read More

Sandy Mendler

Sandy is an internationally recognized design leader and advocate focused on creating inspiring, healthy places that add value through integrated sustainable design. A designer, programmer and planner, she works to integrate complex technical requirements into elegant design solutions – welcoming collaboration and skilled at building consensus among multiple stakeholders. A passionate ... Read More

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