I recently learned of “Ecodistricts” - a movement that sort of resembles what you would get if you throw business improvement districts and ecovillages into a blender. :)
These districts are formally organized to bridge the gap between community and institution for the purpose of accelerating sustainability at the neighborhood level. The Ecodistrict Summit just happened in Portland last week, but I bet the movement will gain quite a bit of traction during this year and leading up to next years summit.
Want to know more?
Here is the first of several interviews about Ecodistricts in Sustainable Business Oregon: http://www.sustainablebusinessoregon.com/articles/2011/10/cole-leverage-scale-for-ecodistricts.htm
Also, here is a link to the Ecodistrict Summit’s webpage: http://ecodistrictssummit.com/
How can Cohousing and Ecovillages be leaders in this movement? Having a neighborhood already committed to sustainability as a whole could act as an anchor of sorts for a broader, district-wide organization. Are there cohousing communities out there in the Oregon region who have already connected with folks involved with Ecodistrict planning?
Posted by Rebecca