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A City in Balance with Nature

What is an Ecocity?

An Ecocity is a human settlement modelled on the self sustaining resilient structure and function of natural ecosystems:

  • It provides healthy abundance to its inhabitants without consuming more renewable resources than it produces.
  • It functions 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 neighbouring ecosystems.
Amsterdam Leidseplein with cyclists, pedistrians, a tram and a full outdoor patio in front of a 5 story brick building.
  • The impacts of residents’ lifestyles are in balance with the Earth’s ecology carrying capacity; its social order reflects fundamental principles of fairness, justice, reasonable equity and consensus, and allow for high levels of happiness.

This definition of an Ecocity was adopted by Ecocity Builders and the International Ecocity Framework and Standards (IEFS) advisory team in Vancouver, Canada in 2010. BCIT’s School of Construction and Environment was the lead academic partner on the team.