City Solutions: Upcycling Our Urban Ecosystems
Wednesday, October 9
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Austin Convention Center MR 8AB
The Trust for Public Land - SVP & Dir of City Park Dev
University of Illinois at Chicago - PhD Candidate
ECOnorthwest - Senior Economist
RED - Principal
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:
- USGBC Continuing Education Cities AIA Continuing Education
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