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Sustainable Communities 2008: CNU hosts San Francisco forum on the past and future of urbanism and ecology

Kaid Benfield

Posted September 10, 2008 at 1:15PM

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photo courtesy of CNUphoto courtesy of CNU

On September 26 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, the Congress for the New Urbanism will host Sustainability 2008:

"Join a group of foremost green experts in exploring the field that will determine the future of our cities and our planet — community sustainability. Plenary speakers include Paul Hawken, Stewart Brand, Peter Schwartz, Peter Calthorpe, former governor Jerry Brown and Sim Van Der Ryn.

"Starting with their collaboration on groundbreaking green policies and designs for the State of California under then-Governor Brown, this incredible group of people introduced and advanced many of the innovations that form the backbone of the green building and sustainability movements. And they helped show that environmentalism must extend beyond conservation of natural lands and resources to encompass a comprehensive vision for human habitats -- sustainable cities and towns.

"On September 26, 2008, these leading innovators will join together in San Francisco for a rare one-day seminar on the past and future of sustainable communities. With Jacky Grimshaw of the Center for Neighborhood Technology moderating, they will explore the juncture of ecology and urbanism that's now more critical than ever. Between buildings and transportation systems, the design of communities accounts for at least two-thirds of U.S. energy use and greenhouse gas emissions . . ."

Full details, including how to attend, may be found here.