What is an Ecocity?

An Ecocity is a human settlement modeled on the self-sustaining resilient structure and function of natural ecosystems.

  • An ecocity seeks to provide healthy abundance to its inhabitants without consuming more renewable resources than it replaces.
  • It seeks to function without producing more waste than it can assimilate or recycle for new uses or than nature can dilute and absorb harmlessly, and without being toxic to itself or neighboring ecosystems.
  • Its inhabitants’ ecological impacts reflect planetary supportive lifestyles; its social order reflects fundamental principles of fairness, justice, reasonable equity and consensus at ample levels of happiness.

 

 

 

 

Ecocity Systems

ECOCITY An ecocity is an ecologically healthy human settlement modeled on the self-sustaining resilient structure and function of natural ecosystems and living organisms.   ECOLOGICAL METROPOLIS An ecological metropolis, or “ecopolis” is a bioregional cluster of ecocities with integrated waterways and agricultural lands, connected by public transit and bike-ped greenways.   BIOREGION A bioregion is …

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Urban Ecology

Cities are urban ecosystems. Like natural ecosystems, they bring in energy and materials and process them through their components as they flow through the system. Urban ecosystems include concentrations of people and the built environment as well as the productive ecosystems generating the energy and matter required to sustain the whole. Only if the urban …

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