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Generous Cities Summit

A two-day event hosted by the Biomimicry Center that will consider how cities can become purpose-built, net producers of ecosystem services by taking inspiration from the ecosystems in which they are embedded. Keynote speaker: Janine Benyus

April 19, 2018–April 20, 2018

Arizona State University
The Memorial Union

Generous Cities Summit

 

The Generous Cities Summit is a two-day event hosted by the Biomimicry Center at Arizona State University April 19th-20th, 2018 that will consider how cities can become purpose-built, net producers of ecosystem services by taking inspiration from the ecosystems in which they are embedded.

 

Between now and 2050, the world will welcome an additional 3 billion people, and the vast majority will live in cities. To accommodate these newcomers, we will need to build the equivalent of one new city of one million people every five days for the next 35 years. Our current building stock already consumes 40% of all global energy used while emitting nearly one third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. How will these new cities compare?

Imagine “Generous Cities”—urban areas that are purpose-built, with every new design and retrofit, to be net producers of ecosystem services. Our cities should meet or exceed the level of ecosystem services provided by healthy native ecosystems. Buildings, infrastructure, and eco-structure should work together to produce annual per acre goals for clean air, clean water, healthy soil, sequestered carbon, nutrients cycled, erosion reduced, heat reduced, and biodiversity supported.

The Generous Cities Summit will bring together sustainability scientists, urban designers, architects, ecologists, software developers, and government and business decision makers to consider how our future cities can meet or exceed the level of ecosystem services provided by healthy, native ecosystems. Invited speakers will present on their work and vision for “Generous Cities,” including a keynote presentation by Janine Benyus, author and co-founder of Biomimicry 3.8 and the Biomimicry Institute.

 

The goals for the two-day summit include:

  • Review the state of the art in applied ecosystem-service science, methodologies, and tools.
  • Explore best practices for Ecological Performance Standards, including defining the metrics, designing strategies to meet them and monitoring the results.
  • Build a systems map of experts in this trans-disciplinary field while getting to know each other.
  • Craft a road map for future collaborations and funding.
  • Explore immediate and direct opportunities to apply and test Ecological Performance Standards in the local Rio Salado watershed.
 

Day One and the morning of day two will feature presentations by a wide range of experts, including keynote speaker Janine Benyus, author and co-founder of Biomimicry 3.8 and the Biomimicry Institute. The presentations will address how the built environment can leverage the ecosystems in which they are embedded as inspiration for becoming purpose-built net producers of ecosystem services. The first day is an open event featuring talks by invited speakers from a variety of fields (e.g., stakeholders, ecologists, built environment experts, modelers, etc.) as well as breakout sessions to identify gaps in our collective knowledge and opportunities for research and collaboration for developing sustainable cities.

Day Two in the afternoon will focus on the Rio Salado 2.0 development project proposed by US Senator John McCain to transform the Salt River bottom running through metro Phoenix into an urban and environmental amenity. The session will begin with talks from stakeholders and researchers working on the Rio Salado 2.0 project, including decisions makers, urban ecologists, architects, and urban planners. A working session will follow these talks to discuss opportunities for collaboration to support the implementation of ecological performance standards for the development of the Rio Salado.

 

When

April 19th-20th, 2018

Day one: 9am-6pm

Day two: 9am-6pm

 

Where

Arizona State University

The Memorial Union

Day one: TBD

Day two: TBD

 

How to register

To attend the Generous Cities Summit, please register by March 31st through the following link:

[Register Here]

If you have any questions or would like additional information about the Generous Cities Summit, please contact: Olaya Reyes – ovreyes@asu.edu