Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Committee on the Environment Forum: Ecological Cities - Theory & Practice

Kristin Miller, Executive Director of Ecocity Builders will present the organizing principles of ecologically healthy cities. She will take into account land uses, eco-zoning, sustainable development strategies, the restoration of nature, integration of natural design, watershed and agriculture in the city. Kristin will focus on whole systems planning for the low-energy eco-city model and the phased transition away from the current high-energy auto city. We will explore the cooperative framework that can successfully address larger systems of organization and services in a post carbon era.

Kristin Miller, Executive Director, Ecocity Builders

Kirstin is an environmental activist, community organizer, and a writer and editor. She has been with Ecocity Builders since 1997 and currently serves as Executive Director. Kirstin has presented for the organization locally, nationally and internationally. She was a speaker at the 7th World Wilderness Congress in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in 2001, the 5th International Ecocity Conference in Shenzhen China in 2002, Towards CarFree Cities III in Prague, Czech Republic, 2003, and The 6th, 7th and 8th International Ecocity Conferences in Bangalore India, San Francisco USA and Istanbul Turkey. She was also a plenary speaker at two convenings of the Global Forum on Human Settlements in Shenzhen and Hueibi China (2008, 2009) and the 4th International Forum on Ecopolis Development, Chende China, 2010. Her articles and essays on ecocities, urban ecology and the environment have appeared in a number of publications, including Orion Afield, Ecotecture and Wilderness and Human Communities, The Spirit of the 21st Century.

Kirstin works closely with Ecocity Builders’ President Richard Register in the development of the organization’s “toolbox” of strategies, such as car free by contract housing, environmental restoration transfer of development rights, centers oriented development, ecological demonstration projects and ecological zoning overlay mapping.

She also helps coordinate an alliance of local environmental organizations working to promote and advance ecologically healthy urban policies and projects, including the development of an ecological demonstration project in the heart of Berkeley, CA.

In addition to serving as Executive Director for Ecocity Builders, Kirstin also teaches a class on The Ecological City Structure at the University of California, Berkeley Extension in San Francisco and is a Board Member of the International Ecocity Conference Series Committee.

Committee on the Environment Forum: Ecological Cities - Theory & Practice
Time: Noon - 1:30pm
Location: AIA East Bay Chapter Office, 1405 Clay Street, Oakland
Contact: 510/464-3600 or Andrea Powell, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Cost: None; this program open to all. Please RSVP.

For more information: 510/464-3600

No comments: