To view the video of the 2nd panel on Ecodistricts see here
The concept of a city is evolving, and changing the ways people work, play, and lead their lives. With the growing global population, the increasing movement towards urbanization, and the need for sustainable energy, mobility, and community management, smarter cities are essential to the evolution of the clean energy economy. Through innovative technologies, public-private partnerships, and the growing needs of the citizens themselves, an organically-developed city-wide solution is vital as society seeks to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
Resilience enables humans, animals, plants, and other living things to adapt, survive, and thrive. Beyond resilience, the ability to be “antifragile” is to learn and improve from prior mistakes and threats…just as the smallest of living things, bacteria, can develop resistance and become stronger if not wiped out completely.
This half day conference will focus on Resiliency, Smart Cities,Ecodistricts and Sustainable Neighborhoods.
9:30am – 10:00am
Registration, Breakfast and Networking
10:00am – 11:30am
Panel Discussion Resiliencity: Smart City San Francisco
Utilizing San Francisco as a case study, this panel will identify the critical barriers (e.g. environmental, cultural, political, technological, economic, regulatory) which must be overcome in order for the smart city vision to be actualized, and develop an expedited action plan.
What has San Francisco accomplished in 2013 towards implementing a smart city?
What does San Francisco expect to accomplish in 2014? Over the next 5 years?
In what ways is the private sector (e.g. builders, architects, utilities, tech companies, telecom companies, financiers, system integrators, law firms, and consultants) engaged in San Francisco’s smart city development?
In what ways are citizens engaged in San Francisco’s smart city development?
What are some of the newest technological products and services enabling the smart city?
ThérèseTierney, Urban Research Lab, University of Illinois, Director
Michael Bardin, Perkins + Will, Senior Designer
Melanie Nutter, SF Environment, Director
Stéphanie Jumel, EDF (Electricité de France), City and Industry Chief R&D Officer
Chris McCloskey, PwC, Director Cleantech Advisory
11:30am – 12:30pm
12:30pm – 2:00pm
Panel DiscussionEcodistricts, Sustainable Neighborhoods and Community Development
During this panel, we explore the progress Ecodistricts have made since then and how they fit into the Smart City and Resiliency context.
What progress has been made with San Francisco’s Ecodistricts?
How do Ecodistricts contribute and fit into the city’s resiliency plans?
To what extent do Ecodistricts provide the necessary scale for more efficient systems?
How can Ecodistricts help meet some of the City’s efficiency and emissions reduction goals?
What are the necessary developments and technological solutions required to achieve sustainability goals through an Ecodistrict?
What are some innovation opportunities in the newly planned Ecodistricts in San Francisco and around the world?
Phil Williams, Webcor Builders, Vice President
Richard Pope Codding, Development Director
Chad Adams, Bio-Logical Capital, Vice President - Design & Innovation
Kate McGee, SF Planning Department, Lead Planner
Alexander Quinn, AECOM, Director of Sustainable Economics
2:00pm - 2:30pm
 See Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s new book “Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder”, for an exploration of the advantages of being antifragile.