is a human settlement that enables its residents to live a good
quality of life while using minimal natural
Its buildings make best use of
sun, wind and rainfall to help supply the energy and water needs of
occupants. Generally multistory to maximize the land available for
It is threaded with
natural habitat corridors, to foster biodiversity and to give
residents access to nature for
Its food and other goods are
sourced from within its borders or from nearby, in order to cut down
on transport costs.
The majority of its residents live within
walking or cycling distance of their workplace, to minimise the need
for motorised transport.
Frequent public transport connects
local centres for people who need to travel further.
car sharing allows people to use a car only when
The goods it produces are designed
for reuse, remanufacture, and recycling.
processes its uses involve reuse of by-products, and minimise the
movement of goods.
It has a labour
intensive rather than a material, energy, and water intensive
economy, to maintain full employment and minimise material
—Ecocity definition written by our sister organization, Urban
Oakland, CA 94604
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and villages for long term health of human and natural
systems. Our goals include returning healthy biodiversity to
the heart of our cities, agriculture to gardens and the
streets, and convenience and pleasure to walking, bicycling
and transit. We visualize a future in which waterways in
neighborhood environments and prosperous downtown centers are
opened for curious children, fish, frogs and dragonflies. We
work to build thriving neighborhood centers while reversing
sprawl development, to build whole cities based on human needs
and “access by proximity” rather than cities built in the
current pattern of automobile driven excess, wasteful
consumption and the destruction of the
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the Urban Villages approach to sustainable development, working with
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BERKELEY ELECTION FORUM 2008
ECOCITY 2009: ISTANBUL,
TURKEY, December 12-15.
Ecocity Builders convened the 7th
International Ecocity Conference (Ecocity World Summit) April 22-26,
2008 in San Francisco.
Gavin Newsom, Mayor of San Francisco, addresses the
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OIL INDEPENDENT OAKLAND
Richard Register served on Oakland's "Oil
Free Oakland by 2020" Task Force. You can download
the draft OIO Action Plan from the City of Oakland's
website, which adovates for the Urban Villages