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Ecocity Focus Lab Series

  • Ecocity Focus Lab (EFL) is a new initiative by Ecocity Builders that provides a forum for in-depth exploration of a particular theme or topic to find solutions to local and global issues in relation to building cities in balance with nature.
  • Our goal is to facilitate the implementation of ecocity principles in cities around the world and recognize the efforts of cities worldwide.
  • In order to further complement the broad scope of Ecocity World Summits, this sister series is meant to provide a forum and opportunity to explore new ecocity ideas, different approaches, and innovative ecocity projects in more depth and detail.

Past Focus Labs


Our first Ecocity Focus Lab took place in November 2016 in Vancouver, Canada, at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Participants in this four day event reviewed indicators capable of assessing the Ecocity Standards and the benchmarks for defining the Ecocity 1 level. Exploring tools that can be used in tandem with the Ecocity Standards to measure progress towards achieving the goal of building cities in balance with nature, particular attention was given to the new Ecocity Footprint Tool that is being developed for integration with the UrbInsight platform and related online assessment capabilities.

Deeper Exploration


The Ecocity World Summit Series was the first and is now the world’s longest running conference for ecological city design, development and functioning. With attendance and interest in the conference growing significantly, in 2015, Ecocity Builders announced the launch of Ecocity Focus Lab to provide a forum for deeper exploration of unique ecocity ideas and actions.

Intellectual & Experiential


Hosts are encouraged to propose Ecocity Focus Lab conferences in the manner that best achieves their goals. That might involve assembling a broad spectrum of thinkers and doers on a particular aspect of ecocity development, planning or education. On the other hand, the goal of the conference might be best served by letting attendees experience a place and a culture that embodies the behaviors needed for true sustainability. It could be both intellectual as well as experiential.

Upcoming Focus Labs


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