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EcoCity World Summit 2019

October 23, 2019
UBC MEL Eco City World Summit

The EcoCity World summit was held earlier this month at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The summit is the longest-standing international conference that addresses building cities in balance with nature.

As Vancouver is at the forefront of developing a green city, the conference was particularly relevant to delegates from the local engineering, planning and building community.

Delegates were treated to a number of subject-specific workshops including presentations by Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, as well as Melanie Park, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

Highlighting the event were particularly insightful presentations: “Climate Action” by Debra Roberts, co-chair of Working Group II Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Kirstin Miller, Executive Director of Ecocity Builders, as well as the “Rethinking the Rules” presentation delivered by Kate Raworth, author of “Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist” and Dr. Julian Agyeman, Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University.

With climate change prominently being discussed across a variety of platforms, the presentation spoke deeply to many of the delegates. This led to an increase in discussion about future prospects, action and deliverables across a variety of sectors.

Whilst the event itself was a huge success, many delegates found themselves both excited and daunted by what lies in the future.

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