2011 EcoDistricts Summit
Fall is upon us in Portland, and next week brings the highly anticipated EcoDistricts Summit. There are many fantastic speakers and presentations this year, and below you will find the events involving various SERA personalities. Come say “Hi” if you plan to attend, and spread the word…
Wednesday, October 26th
10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Educational Sessions
ASSESSMENT: TEST DRIVING THE TOOLS – ECODISTRICT ASSESSMENT & STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT
Justin Douglas, Portland Development Commission (Moderator); Matthew Arnold, SERA Architects; Nicole Isle, Brightworks; Tom Puttman, Puttman Infrastructure
INFRASTRUCTURE & BUILDINGS B: SCALING BUILDING RETROFITS
Peter Wilcox, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (Moderator); Brian Geller, Seattle 2030 District; Faith Graham, Clean Energy Works Oregon; Tom Shircliff, Intelligent Buildings; Jennifer Taylor, AIA, NCARB, SERA Architects
Thursday, October 27th
10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Educational Sessions
ASSESSMENT: OPTIMIZING SYSTEMS AT THE DISTRICT SCALE
Clark Brockman, SERA Architects (Moderator); Alex Mitchell, Arup; Brian Renehan, Arup; Cole Roberts, Arup
INFRASTRUCTURE & BUILDINGS B: HIGH PERFORMANCE BUILDINGS AS ECODISTRICT CATALYSTS
Jon Schleuning, SRG Partnership (Moderator); Cyreena Boston Ashby, Oregon Governor’s Office of Economic and Business Equity and June Key Delta Community Center; Denis Hayes, Bullitt Foundation; Lisa Petterson, SERA Architects; Kyle Anderson, GBD Architects
Friday, October 28th
9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Workshops
CIVIC ECOLOGY TRAINING
Tim Smith, presenting [Register]
Civic Ecology is a whole systems framework for creating sustainable communities. The framework focuses on empowering citizens to envision, create and manage their community “software”: the integrated systems of energy, nutrient, water, waste, material, food, cultural, and economic flows and interactions that constitute the basis for living communities and EcoDistricts. This half day training will equip participants with a working understanding of Civic Ecology principles, its benefits, the five-step CIVIC process, and examples of Civic Ecology applications, with special emphasis on making EcoDistricts. Using the Civic Ecology technique, “Community Flow Mapping”, participants will create concepts for living community systems and projects in a variety of community contexts, assess project viability, and learn how to create meaningful indicators to measure project progress. The session will conclude with a discussion about how to initiate Civic Ecology work in participants’ own communities.
SOUTH WATERFRONT ECODISTRICT: COMMUNITY EQUITABILITY FROM SCRATCH
Clark Brockman, presenting [Register]
How do we build identity and garner grassroots involvement in a new community?
South Waterfront’s project priorities include integrating green infrastructure, developing district energy systems and developing the community equitably. Join South Waterfront stakeholders as they identify the first steps in starting these projects and how their three themes — buildings, infrastructure, and lifestyle — influence an integrated strategy in the newest development in Portland’s urban core.