EcoDistricts Summit: Where community leaders and urban sustainability innovators connect, collaborate, and co-create neighborhoods for all.

On October 10-11, 2017, the Summit came to Atlanta, Georgia — a dynamic, hard charging, and ever changing city. Atlanta is a city working to re-imagine itself after decades of sprawl and uneven investment that has led to some of the nation’s worst economic and racial inequalities. Today, the city that helped birth the American Civil Rights movement is on the cusp of a significant breakthrough in urban regeneration fueled by a new generation of leaders that are harnessing the city’s civic entrepreneurism, thriving arts and culture community, and dedication to community-based placemaking.

The Summit is a participatory gathering to advance sustainable, equitable, and resilient neighborhood- and district-scale projects. Together, we unpacked Atlanta’s urban redevelopment legacy, explored innovative projects, and uncovered important breakthroughs. Attendees engaged with speakers and subject matter, shared knowledge, and developed solutions to take back to their communities.

Centennial Park Atlanta, GA

Who Attends?


Since 2012, the EcoDistricts Summit has drawn a diverse, multi-sector audience of C-Suite executives spanning municipal government, architecture, design, engineering, urban planning, sustainable development, civic engagement, community and economic development, and infrastructure design. Attendees span a broad spectrum of project and district typologies representing the critical challenges facing city makers worldwide, including neighborhood revitalization, brownfield development, institutional campuses, commercial districts, and mixed-use projects in diverse geographies. 2016 Summit attendees came from 220 different organizations and 86 cities across 5 countries.


Every year the EcoDistricts Summit brings together thinkers and doers across civic, public and private sectors including:

  • 2016-summit-attendee-regionMunicipal leaders
  • Sustainability officers
  • Policymakers
  • Real estate developers
  • Community developers
  • Project financers
  • Designers
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Civic leaders

What people are saying about the EcoDistricts Summit:


“The focus (at the 2016 Summit) on racial equity and justice was a highlight — it is a critically important subject matter and I was pleased to hear many of the speakers discuss the subject as a key component of successful urban development.”


"The level of excitement from attendees reminds me of the early green building conferences, when we all had a sense of coming of age."


“Loved the diversity of topics, speakers and experience. Loved the interaction of the studio sessions, and being intentionally drawn into the conversations.”