A Gaining Ground conference in association with Smart Growth BC and in collaboration with the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics
North American cities are facing transformational challenges in sustainability, economy, and urban management. Sustainability imperatives, the call for climate action, the prospect of a quickly shifting energy future, pressure for new approaches in almost every urban system, and the shock of the economic downturn have North American cities scrambling to comprehend and manage the shift toward ecological practices and greater resilience. The conference will explore strategies to make cities more robust, and will enable participants to advance their thinking on three key subjects:
- innovation in sustainability governance and best current practices for managing sustainable urban systems;
- capturing opportunities in the green economy
- strategies for building widespread sustainability collaborations that engage the community level.