International Ecocity Conference Series

The International Ecocity Conference  Series addresses the way humanity builds its home — its  cities, towns and villages.

Finalale, 8th International Ecocity Conference, Istabul, Turkey, 2009

The series focuses on key actions cities and citizens can take to rebuild our human habitat in balance with living systems, and, in the process, slow down and even reverse global heating, biodiversity collapse, loss of wilderness habitat, agricultural lands and open space, and social and environmental injustices.

This world-renown series was first held in Berkeley California in 1990 and has since been hosted by cities in Australia,  Senegal, Brazil, China, India, California, Turkey, Canada, and France.

Past conferences have featured a wide range of leaders and innovators, including environmentalist David Brower, Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, Rusong Wang, member of the Chinese Peoples Congress and head of the environmental sciences division of the Chinese Academy of Science, renowned architect and urban planner Jamie Lerner, former mayor of Curitia, Brazil, architect/philosopher Paolo Soleri, former mayor of San Francisco Gavin Newsom, and Denis Hayes, director of the original national Earth Day in 1970 and keynote for the first Ecocity Conference.

Bottom line: the Ecocity World Summit aims to unite people through a new way of living on the planet that provides the best possible cities while enhancing, not destroying, the biosphere.


The next Ecocity World Summit is scheduled for Abu Dhabi, October 11-13th, 2015

Ecocity Builders would like to extend a warm welcome to Abu Dhabi as host of our next International Ecocity Conference/Ecocity World Summit 2015. The decision to award the conference bid to Abu Dhabi was based on both geography and principle. First, we have yet to hold a conference in the Middle East. But much more than geographic representation, we believe it is important to go there and learn, not only about what Islamic and “Kasbah Belt” architecture and city design has to offer ecocity knowledge, but also to better understand this extremely important and often misunderstood region that has powered international urban enterprise for the past 60 years. This double edged sword has brought both material wealth and poverty – in very different measure to different people – to the area.

We believe that our experience gives us the power to bring good ideas to help people, cultures and nature in the form of improved city ideas wherever we gather. In Abu Dhabi the potential for learning, teaching and simply communicating will be enormous.

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