EcoDistricts: Constraints, Investments & Rewards (Full Day Conference)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 8:30am - 3:30pm PDT/ Streamed Panel Discussion: 9:00am - 2:30pm PDT / 12:00pm - 5:30pm EDT / 6:00pm - 11:30pm (Paris-Frankfurt)


The EcoDistricts meeting on September 25th will be Part I of a two part seminar series discussing the future of city planning and development, and energy distribution, production and consumption in cities and regions around the world. Part II is entitled The Distributed Energy Economy (Full Day Conference) and will take place on October 18th.


An EcoDistrict, according to the Portland Sustainability Institute, is “a neighborhood or district with a broad commitment to accelerate neighborhood-scale sustainability. EcoDistricts are designed to achieve ambitious sustainability performance goals, guiding district investments and community action, and tracking the results over time.”


The idea of covering this issue has been brought forward by Agrion members because while creating a Smart City may take a generation and partnerships from multiple state and federal agencies, an EcoDistrict can be built in a matter of years with local strategic partnerships between corporations and local governments.


This event will bring together various stakeholders to meet, debate, and network to begin essential conversations addressing the barriers and solutions involved in developing an EcoDistrict.  Stakeholders will meet potential collaborators and ultimately strengthen the network of professionals that are working to transition the world away from the carbon intensive economy in which we all live.


The EcoDistricts Charette held on 8/7 determined the following agenda and the main themes for each panel discussion which will include Legal Issues, Financial Barriers, Public/Private Partnerships, and Asking the Right Questions.



Meeting Agenda:


8:30 – 9:00am

Registration and Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15am  

Welcome and Opening Presentation


Event introduction will include a definition of EcoDistricts and the parameters that will frame our discussions.   We will focus on both private and public led developments for horizontal infrastructure.





  Gerry Tierney

  Senior Associate and Project Manager


9:15 – 10:15am

Panel Discussion EcoDistrict Design and Project Development


Topics of discussion: Bringing value to EcoDistrict development among competing city priorities, smart growth and sustainable development, designing the built environment to foster live/work/play communities




  Bank of America Merrill Lynch 

  Joseph Osha

  Head of Alternative Energy Research





  San Francisco Giants

  Fran Weld

  Director - Mission Rock Development





  San Francisco Planning Department

  Kate McGee

  Lead Planner





  Webcor Builders

  Phil Williams

  Vice President







  Cole Roberts

  Assoc. Principal - Energy and Resource  



10:15 – 10:30am


10:30 – 10:45am

Presentation Energy: Building Synergies and Shared Energy Infrastructure




  Energy + Environmental Economics (E3)

  Snuller Price



10:45 – 11:45am

Panel Discussion Energy Infrastructure for EcoDistricts: Efficienct Buildings, Community Renewables, and Sustainable Businesses


Topics of discussion: The future of efficiency for commercial buildings, Zero Net Energy Buildings and community solar infrastructure, working with businesses to embrace efficiency, renewables, and sustainable practices, and working with utilities, local governments, and businesses to create and sustain Ecodistricts.





  Pacific Gas & Electric

  Peter Turnbull

  Principal, Commercial Buildings and

  Zero Net Energy Program Manager




  San Francisco Environment

  Danielle Murray

  Renewable Energy Program Manager





  True Market Solutions

  Rory Bakke

  Chief Sustainability Officer










  Morrison & Foerster

  Theresa Cho

  Of Counsel



12:00 – 12:45pm


12:45 – 1:30pm

Keynote: Case Study San Francisco


San Francisco Planning Department, John Rahaim, Director


1:30 – 2:30pm

Panel Discussion Empowering Citizens and Engaging Corporations


Topics of discussion: Public/private partnerships, fostering community engagement throughout the planning process, financing opportunities, the legislative landscape for citizens and developers, if you build it will they come?





  Brian Renehan

  Associate - Energy & Utilities Transaction Advice




  Atelier Ten

  Emma Marchant

  Senior Environmental Designer





  New Resource Bank

  Bill Peterson

  EVP - Chief Credit Officer






  San Francisco Planning Department

  Jose Campos

  Director of Citywide Planning








  Gerry Tierney

  Senior Associate and Project Manager


2:30 – 2:45pm

Wrap up and Synthesis

2:45 – 3:30pm

Break-out Sessions

Identifying milestones and public/private partnerships



Hosted By:

Morrison & Foerster -  425 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105




This event is available to all members.  If your company is new to Agrion, this meeting can begin your complimentary trial period to allow you to get a better understanding of who we are and what we do.  More information regarding membership can be found here (specific packages for startups and non-profits are available upon request).