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City Solutions: Upcycling Our Urban Ecosystems

Wednesday, October 9
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Austin Convention Center MR 8AB

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Adrian Benepe
The Trust for Public Land - SVP & Dir of City Park Dev

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Amy Belaire
University of Illinois at Chicago - PhD Candidate

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Ed MacMullan
ECOnorthwest - Senior Economist

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Heather Venhaus
RED - Principal

Summary

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In a world where 6 million people are added each month, every piece of land matters. More than half of our planet’s 7 billion people now live in cities. Urban areas are increasingly where we come into contact with the natural world – not just in parks and nature preserves, but in more familiar places like residential landscapes, outdoor restaurants, campuses, and even parking lots.

Too often, these spaces are designed to serve a particular, and often limited, purpose. In our quest for sustainability, we habitually neglect the potential of urban landscapes. But why not ask more? A growing body of evidence suggests that many of the same benefits nature provides in pristine wilderness and habitat preserves (“ ecosystem services”) can be provided in the outdoor spaces of our cities, if they are designed and maintained with those benefits in mind. This presentation will challenge attendees to think broadly about all outdoor places/spaces and recognize their untapped potential.

Event Type:
Sessions
Category:
Panel/Dual/Solo
Theme:
Design
Tags:
USGBC Continuing Education Cities AIA Continuing Education

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