SF Planning Department: EcoDistrict Community Kick-Off

From sf-planning.org:

An EcoDistrict is a sustainable development strategy that the city is employing in the Central Corridor plan area to accommodate growth while meeting environmental goals. This strategy requires strong partnerships between the public and private sector. Join us to learn more about EcoDistricts and discover the role the community and private stakeholders have in governance strategy and in helping to set priorities for implementation.

Please RSVP to kate.mcgee@sfgov.org by Monday August 13th.
Refreshments will be served.


EcoDistricts: Building Blocks of Sustainable Cities

The Portland Sustainability Institute‘s EcoDistricts Program Director, Naomi Cole, will offer an introduction to the EcoDistricts approach and lessons learned from Portland’s pilot districts. PSI pioneered this work in Portland, Oregon and is now designing a North American EcoDistricts Program, intended to provide technical assistance and support to cities across the continent so they may develop sustainable neighborhoods. Click here for more information on EcoDistricts.


San Francisco’s Sustainable Development Program

The Planning Department’s Sustainable Development Program is a new program in the Department that looks at how the city can accommodate growth while meeting state and city environmental goals. Using the EcoDistrict strategy, an inter-departmental team has been established that is looking at the district scale to identify an even greater range of opportunities to implement projects that can yield better environmental and economic results. Kate McGee will highlight environmental goals and requirements and identify the city’s key objectives for sustainable development in the city.


7 Students, 4 Weeks: Creating an urban Eco-Corridor in SFSWA Group

Through their renowned summer program, landscape architecture firm SWA Group engages students from around the world to focus on a local community in a unique urban condition. This year, the seven students were followed by a film crew while they developed solutions to transform San Francisco’s 4th street Soma district, site of the future transit center, into a livable and sustainable eco-corridor. The ten minute movie will showcase the vision of creative new talent, who through four short weeks of intensive study produced elegant and smart solutions to this new urban landscape.



EcoDistricts: Building blocks of sustainable cities

From SPUR Sustainable urban environments are about more than just a collection of green buildings. Cities can be re-envisioned with strategic investments that demonstrate a commitment to accelerated neighborhood sustainability. Darin Dinsmore and Rob Bennett will discuss planning frameworks, policies, community engagement and capacity building. Hear about real-life examples that demonstrate how a performance‐based approach can improve competitive advantage, […]

This Week: PedalFest at Oakland’s Jack London Square

This week, SPUR hosts a talk on transforming SF’s alleys, the SF Bike Coalition kicks off its “Love Your Lanes” bike ride series, the San Jose Bike Party holds a luau, and the East Bay Bike Coalition brings PedalFest back to Jack London Square. Here are all the highlights from the Streetsblog calendar: Tuesday: SPUR Forum: Up […]

EcoDistrict Presentation: Investigating New Business Models to Make Cities Smarter and More Successful

From sf-planning.org: ECODISTRICT PRESENTATION SEPTEMBER 5, 2012 | 1:30 – 2:30 PM Investigating New Business Models to Make Cities Smarter and More SuccessfulTom Osdoba will discuss how district-scale frameworks can help cities to increase and accelerate innovation toward more sustainable outcomes, and how this approach fosters local business development, engages the community and helps organize capital for needed community […]

EcoDistrict Presentation Series: Biophilic Cities and Green Cities of Nature

From sf-planning.org: Biophilic Cities and Green Cities of Nature April 17th, 2012, 12:00-1:00pm, at Room 431, Planning Department Timothy Beatley, professor of sustainable communities at the University of Virginia School of Architecture will speak about biophilic cities and green cities of nature highlighting examples from the US and beyond. Timothy’s work is focused on sustainable communities […]