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Introduction to EcoDistricts Webinar

  • AIA Baltimore Chapter House 11 1/2 W. Chase Street Baltimore, MD 21201 (map)

AIA Baltimore Committee on the Environment & Resiliency invites you to watch a webinar presented by EcoDistricts.



EcoDistricts, based in Portland, Oregon, will offer a webinar to our community to learn about work being done around the world to create just, resilient, and sustainable neighborhoods. The webinar features knowledgeable speakers, innovative research and a variety of perspectives from which we can learn best practices as we seek to implement sustainable development in Baltimore.

EcoDistricts is a national non-profit organization pioneering a new approach to community development that put people at the forefront, and make equity and sustainability goals in the creation of neighborhoods for all.

The EcoDistricts process provides a flexible, holistic and rigorous development approach that starts with people. It provides the “how to” framework for communities to organize and achieve their own goals. Communities implementing EcoDistricts are leading the work to:

  • Change the traditional planning process by involving all stakeholders – city planners, developers, place-based organizations and individuals – from the beginning in co-developing a plan, instead of simply creating a plan and then seeking feedback.

  • Create a community governance model to guide the work over time;

  • Implement projects that balance sustainability, equality, and resilience;

  • Focus on livability, health and community need in planning, not just green infrastructure.

  • Track and report their progress over time

Learn more about EcoDistricts programs and certification standard at

Green Smart Cities, a Baltimore initiative is currently working on building an EcoDistrict within the city limits. Focused on sustainability economic development, green technology (vertical farming/aquaculture), and STEM education, etc they seek to build partnerships with symbiotic organizations to leverage our collective work and improve the social determinants of health of the citizens of Baltimore.

This webinar can be watched by you individually, or you are welcome to join our committee at the AIA Baltimore Chapter House to watch it with us. We look forward to you and your organization joining us for this webinar and the opportunity to explore the possibilities for your community’s future.