The Eco-Districts conference brought together a group of people from various areas of public and private practice including, landscape architects, architects, planners, engineers, municipal staff, policy makers and developers to discuss the issues around formulating sustainability objectives for neighbourhoods and implementing them at a local scale with the involvement of the local community. The Eco-Districts concept involves looking at the sustainability of a neighbourhood through various performance areas including: equitable development, health and well being, community identity, access and mobility, energy, water, habitat + ecosystem function, materials management. One of the biggest take home lessons of the day was the importance of cross-collaboration amongst the various stakeholders and players in the creation of Eco-Districts. Everyone has to come to the table with an open mind and a willingness to set and work towards sustainability targets together for a project to be a big success.
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