Yesterday, I was happy to slip away from a busy week of work to give a presentation as part of a panel at the 2012 Ecodistricts Summit, taking place here in Portland, “one of the world’s leading conferences dedicated to urban and district-scale sustainability.”
The panel, entitled ‘Ecodistricts and Urban Ecology: A Novel Approach” included Keith Bowers, one of my heros, President and Founder of Biohabitats, a firm doing amazing work in urban ecology, and was moderated by Nicole Isle, Chief Sustainability Strategist for Glumac.
The short description gives a taste:
“Urban environments are home to novel ecosystems; assemblages of organisms and processes that have no historic analog. The same is true for the people, new social ecosystems with diverse populations engaged in community in unprecedented ways. These novel ecosystems are being called upon to provide the natural and social capital required to support healthy and resilient EcoDistricts. How do we integrate these novel ecosystems into EcoDistricts in a meaningful and engaging way? This session will explore methods for restoring and regenerating ecosystem functions, including the biological and social, at the community and EcoDistrict scales.”
The conversation was great – and delved into many of the issues surrounding urban ecology – including adapting principles to an urban context, good v. bad wildlife, valuing externalities of ecosystem services, and much more. A more thorough write up of my presentation which talked about TERRA.fluxus’ work on novel ecosystems, urban ecotones, neighborsheds, and Cully Ecodistrict to come.