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General Info:

  • Mar 13-16, 2018
  • City planners, bureaucrats, educationists, students, selected builders, etc.

Theme:

    • The reduction of Chennai’s carbon footprint is the primary theme of the Ecocity Focus Lab in Chennai. This year, Chennai will kick off the implementations of the nationwide Smart City initiative. This Focus Lab will tackle the challenges of ensuring Smart Growth is also a part of the Smart City’s DNA.
    • According to a 2015 study by the Indian Institute of Science, Chennai was ranked first in per capita greenhouse gas emissions among seven major cities – Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, and Mumbai. The city is largely dependent on imported oil resources, and the resultant damages have contributed to high costs of living and have also put huge strain on the environment. There are dozens of ways to improve the conditions in Chennai such as streamlining development to transit corridors to reduced development footprint, increasing rain water recharge and reuse, increasing vegetation cover and instilling efficient city processes to provide a higher quality of life for its residents and reduce strain on the environment.

 

Goals –  Identify possible ways of:

  1. focusing development patterns to reduce our carbon footprint
  2. reducing wastage in consumption
  3. improving quality of life indicators
  4. combining Smart City indicators with Smart Growth indicators
  5. utilizing policy intervention to act on the aforementioned goals

 

Program and Structure:

    • Topics:
      • Consumption patterns of Chenna
      • Understanding the International Ecocity Framework and Standards
      • Identification of indicators for Ecocity framework for Chennai, which may be useful for other cities in India
      •  Collaboration with Chennai Smart City projects and identification of synergies

 

Background:

    • Chennai is a 400 year old city that started as a trading post for the East India Company of the British. It is referred to as the Cultural Capital of India. It is India’s fourth largest city with an area of 1026 sq km and a population of more than 8 million people. It has many first of its kind in India to its credit – first tall building, first flyover, first suburban rail line, etc. The base point for Survey of India is located in St. Thomas Mount in the city. Many of the nationalized banks have their headquarters in the city. It is home to many famous historical temples and churches. It has a busy railway terminal, a harbour and an international airport. Chennai is the most visited Indian city by foreign tourists and is also named by Lonely Planet as one of the top ten cities to visit in the World. It is also rated as the safest Indian city.
    • Important industries include automobile and auto spares, healthcare, IT, ITES, electronics, garments, leather and education.

 

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General Info:

  • October 03-06, 2018
  • Thessaloniki Helexpo Exhibition and Congress Center

Society

  • The event is a strong and substantial support to bring back to attention the environmental agenda abandoned due to pollution issues and economic crisis of the latest years in Greece and in Europe. Recession is presented as an excuse for the situation but policies and decisions show differently.  Circular Economy is the way out of urban asphyxia.

 

Goals:

  • The main scope of the focus lab is to promote innovative and original aspects of cities that are ecologically healthy and sustainable; to raise awareness and to understand and develop economically prosperous and socially fair models of urban resource management. The primary goal is originality: unusual ways of thinking, introductions to more sustainable cultures and behaviors, and solutions that offer alternatives to business-as-usual. We have the vision to energize powerful sources and networks in order to create a European event with impact and effectiveness on knowledge and understanding as well as practices and actions.

 

Program and Structure

  • Topics
    • The Sustainable City 2020
    • Reverse Cycles
    • Geothermal & Urban Applications
    • Marine & Port Pollution
    • Resilience Cities Environment
    • Smart Cities Environmental Impact
    • Case Studies of Best Practices

Background

  • The city of Thessaloniki is a vibrant modern metropolis. The metropolis of Thessaloniki is built on the waters of the North Aegean Sea with 1 million inhabitants and is home to the longest urban waterfront in Europe – ideal for relaxing and feeling the charm of this unique Greek city. Thessaloniki is a city of tradition and modernity. It boasts an uninterrupted 2300 year long history which can be felt today in conjunction with the dynamic array of cultures and voices. Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece and a regional business hub and shopping center with an active commercial port, a significant local industrial presence, and the largest academic and research community in the country. The city hosts the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair, the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank, the European Centre of Vocational Training, the Alexandria Innovation Zone and several other major institutions. It has been named a European Cultural and Youth Capital

Thessaloniki is a member city of 100 Resilient Cities (100RC), an organization pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation to help cities liaise to the ideas and models of the modern ecocity movement. 100RC is dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.

 

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Sponsors

  • Supported by Thessaloniki Convention Bureau. Partners and subcontractors to be selected soon Sponsors and exhibitors kits to be released soon International and European NGO networks are invited to co-act.

Vancouver 2016

Theme:

Our first Ecocity Focus Lab (EFL) took place in November 2016 in Vancouver, Canada, at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. The main focus of the event was to review the headline indicators, or the metrics used to measure a city’s progress in achieving the International Ecocity Standards. This EFL was primarily concerned with benchmarks associated with achieving the Ecocity Level 1 in the International Ecocity Standards (IEFS) (www.ecocitystandards.org). Participants explored tools that can be used in tandem with the Ecocity Standards to assess 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.

 

Outcomes:

Preliminary findings of the Focus Lab included the confirmation of 18 standards and associated headline indicators, exceeding the 15 standards traditionally included in the IEFS. These findings will be discussed and further refined during the 2017 Ecocity World Summit in Melbourne.

 

Additional Information:

Standards table – it could be useful information to have the table of the indicators from this column: http://ecocitiesemerging.org/2017/05/ecocity-focus-lab-vancouver/

 

Itinerary Overview:

The first day of the Ecocity Focus Lab opened with a presentation by Professor Simon Joss from the University of Westminster on sustainability assessment for ecocities, followed by a presentation from Kirstin Miller, Executive Director of Ecocity Builders about the various tools and resources being developed to: map, measure, network, define, tour, teach and deepen understanding of what an ecocity entails. Following the presentation, Dr. Jennie Moore at BCIT’s School of Construction and the Environment on her work to develop an ecoCity Footprint Tool aimed at helping cities assess their urban metabolism, consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions, and ecological footprint. The rest of the first day involved presentations from researchers and planners from cities where the ecoCity Footprint Tool was either being tested or about to be tested on their current efforts and objectives. For the duration of the EFL, participants worked diligently in working groups to discuss the appropriateness, utility, and specific performance metrics of the proposed indicators in question followed by full group discussions to provide feedback and discuss implementation plans. The second day focused on headline indicators pertaining to the Ecological Imperatives and Urban Design conditions; the third day focused on Bio-Geophysical conditions; and the final day on Socio-Cultural Features.

 

Partners:

The Ecocity Focus Lab in Vancouver was made possible by the collaboration between the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and Ecocity Builders staff as well as researchers from other institutions and the work of a handful of interns. Participants from cities in India and England were in attendance, and guests from Medellin, Colombia, and Cusco, Peru joined via Skype.

 

Additional Information:

For additional information on the Ecocity Focus Lab in Vancouver that took place in November 2016 please, read Jennie Moore’s article on www.ecocitiesemerging.com.

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