Ecocity Builders

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About Us

Ecocity Builders is a 501(c) non-profit dedicated to building cities in harmony with nature since 1992. Through partnerships that cut across boundaries between public and private organizations, decision makers and residents, researchers and the public, we create dialog and design for better and more equitable cities organized by the principle of Access by Proximity and Ecological Integrity.

Ecocity World Summit
We are the keeper of the Ecocity World Summit, the longest continuously running conference series on sustainable city planning in the world. The 2015 Summit will take place in Abu Dhabi, October 11-13th. Learn More

The Ecocity World Map Project

The EcoCitizen World Map Project provides tools and data for sustainable development at the urban level and tests a replicable methodology to link community crowd-­sourced data and information to national, regional and global data sets. The Project demonstrates the efficacy of crowd-­sourced data at the urban scale and provides tools and training to citizens, public officials and others who want to ensure a more sustainable and equitable urban environment through more informed decision-­making.

Mobile mapping technology is used in combination with open-­source tools for environmental exploration and investigation to assess, measure, and plan for increasing the health and resilience of urban systems and neighborhoods, to chart the progress of social and environmental sustainability and to identify barriers to improving quality of life.

Project training provides hands-­on experience with spatial data collection using smart phones and tablets as well as low cost open source tools for civic science in order to increase public participation and data legibility around the collection of high quality, environmentally and socially relevant data. Citizen reports are layered over authoritative data for visualization and analysis through an online map portal to provide decision-­makers at every level with additional insights and bottom-­up motivation for more sustainable living, planning and urban design. Learn More

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