#EcocityGoingZero: 30 challenges, over 150 posts, inspiring discussions, and countless lessons learned

From July 1-30, 2018, Ecocity Builders organized the Ecocity 30-Day Zero Waste Challenge campaign to connect the threads of personal actions to broader ecocity ideals. Documenting their journey through #EcocityGoingZero, ecocitizens everywhere tackled some of the most pressing zero waste challenges of our time as well as delved into deeper arenas of personal habit and behavior change.

Ecocity World Summit

The Latest from #Ecocity2019:
3 days ago
Don't miss out on the fantastic networking opportunities at Ecocity World Summit 2019. Connect with over 1,000 thought-leaders, decision makers, sustainable business owners and more!

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1 month ago
Did you know that Vancouver is on track to its goal of being the greenest city in the world by 2020—currently, 93% of the electricity used in #Vancouver is generated from sustainable sources such as hydroelectricity.

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2 months ago
Save the Date! #Ecocity2019 will take place from October 7 - 11, 2019.

The main conference program will engage academics, practitioners & more in the conference theme of Socially Just and Ecologically Sustainable Cities.

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3 months ago
#Ecocity2019 will be held in Vancouver, BC at the Vancouver Convention Centre West (VCC). The VCC is the world's only LEED® Platinum certified convention centre offers one of the most beautiful settings in the world.

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On the Web


Urbinsight connects communities with web-based mapping tools designed to explore and measure holistic urban health.


A Global Data Initiative

A forum for in-depth exploration of particular themes in relation to building cities in balance with nature.

Focus Labs

A Forum for In-Depth Exploration

A knowledge portal on sustainable urbanism featuring articles and columns by ecocity experts and enthusiasts.

Ecocities Emerging

The Ecocity Builders Journal

A practical methodology for assessing and guiding progress towards an ecologically-restorative human civilization.

Ecocity Standards

Assessing Ecocity Conditions

Featured Project


Eco-Plaza in the Heart of the City

Berkeley’s re-envisioned Center Street features deep green technologies and thoughtful community place-making strategies. The community plan for the pedestrian plaza was endorsed by the City Council and final technical studies and design work are underway with the City.


Next Generation Participatory Mapping and Analysis

Next Generation Participatory Mapping and Analysis

Urbinsight is a next-generation data analysis platform designed for participatory mapping and planning processes. Its goal is to provide engaged cities and citizens with the necessary tools and technology to affect the resiliency and sustainability of their cities and settlements in a positive way.

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2 months ago
The week in plastic in pictures. #WorldEnvironmentDay #WorldOceanDay highlighted plastic global pollution as the most urgent problem facing our planet. @guardian #BeatPlasticPollution
3 months ago
On this #WorldEnvironmentDay we invite everyone to #BeatPlasticPollution by joining our Ecocity 30 Day #ZeroWaste challenge to take place in #plasticfreejuly. Sign up now and share your experience of #EcocityGoingZero at
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Ecocity Builders5 days ago

Super cool energy flow chart for Berlin by Berliner Morgenpost. Zoom in and explore at

#UrbanMetabolism #CircularEconomy #Sankey

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Ecocity Builders7 days ago

This article lays bare why citizen engagement like our 30-Day Zero Waste Challenge ( is more important than ever. With China buying only the most pure post-consumer plastic, cardboard, scrap metal and mixed paper, this is what's happening in a lot of municipalities in the US:

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Ecocity Builders2 weeks ago

Theresa Williamson, executive director of Catalytic Communities in Rio de Janeiro and longtime Ecocity Builders associate, posits in Lincoln Institute of Land Policy's Land Lines Magazine that community land trusts in informal settlements could help solve the world’s affordable housing crisis.

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Ecocity Builders3 weeks ago

Today is Earth Overshoot Day, the date when we (all of humanity) have used more from nature than our planet can renew in the entire year. However, to have a more clear idea of the distribution of ecological footprints and its ramifications on the most equitable solutions, we need to...

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Ecocity Builders3 weeks ago

Vancouver B.C. Urban Metabolism MetaFlow Diagrams for food, energy & transportation. Created by Dr. Philip Mansfield / Graphical Memes, with data provided by Dr. Jennie Moore / BCIT.