The EcoDistricts Foundation Course will immerse attendees in the approach and tools to create EcoDistricts, a unique standard for urban and community development that puts equity, resilience, and climate protection at the heart of every decision.
This course is for planners, architects, developers, community development professionals, and municipal leaders seeking to advance their skills, apply the EcoDistricts standard, and/or become an EcoDistricts Accredited Professional.
What you’ll Learn
- Gain an in-depth overview of EcoDistricts Certified — the world’s first comprehensive framework to guide urban and community development — from planning to implementation.
- Learn about key issues and best practices influencing neighborhood sustainability — including resiliency, equity, green infrastructure, placemaking, and community health.
- Explore inspiring case studies, including the first set of projects committed to EcoDistricts Certified.
- Be prepared to take the EcoDistricts Accredited Professional exam, the first credential demonstrating a commitment to creating sustainable, equitable neighborhoods.
About the Instructor
- Naomi Cole, LEED AP, EcoDistricts AP; VP of Programs, EcoDistricts
- Naomi leads EcoDistricts’ programs team to build a marketplace for exemplary sustainable neighborhood projects and practitioners. She helped launch the precursor to the EcoDistricts Protocol, at the Portland Sustainability Institute, where she developed and piloted an ecodistricts approach in Portland and began to expand it to other cities.She brings over a decade of experience in urban sustainability including roles at ZGF Architects and CLEAResult. Naomi studied architecture, environmental studies and urban studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Real Estate at Portland State University.
As a native Portlander, Naomi returned to her hometown after college, determined to invest her life and career in the place that was formative to her own development. She lives in a nearly net zero energy home in which she makes jewelry, bakes cakes, and speaks to her toddler in Italian.
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