Summit Stories


Every city has a story. For each Summit experience, we build stories across more than 10 months of partnership development to explore on-the-ground innovation, regional leaders and local challenges. In 2017, we travel to Atlanta, GA.

One of the most dynamic cities in the U.S., Atlanta is grappling with the impacts of rapid, low-density growth, and its effect on the environment, mobility, and economic opportunity. We can't wait to begin unpacking Atlanta's unique story, its history as the center of the Civil Rights Movement, its progress across several areas critical to building vibrant, people-centered neighborhoods, and its cutting edge innovators who are leading global conversations that we all need to hear.

EcoDistricts Summit 2017: Why Atlanta is the right place at the right time

August 29, 2017

By Sona Pai

As we considered potential cities for our eighth annual EcoDistricts Summit event, we looked for communities that would inspire and challenge Summit participants. Cities where more equitable, sustainable, and resilient neighborhoods are becoming a reality, and where there is still important work to be done. Atlanta, also known as the capital of the South, rose right to the top of our list. Here’s why.


Places and Spaces to Explore in Atlanta’s Neighborhoods

August 28, 2017

By Celina Stilphen

The annual EcoDistricts Summit is an opportunity to explore our host city’s culture and place. This October, the Summit is coming to Atlanta, Georgia.Whether you’re visiting Atlanta for the first time or a long-standing resident, here are some dynamic places and spaces you can explore if you attend the 2017 EcoDistricts Summit.


5 Things to Get Excited About at Summit 2017

August 11, 2017

By Katy Ricchiuto

The 2017 EcoDistricts Summit is designed as a highly participatory two-day program to integrate innovative solution-making to address real problems, in real time. Our interactive half-day studio session on site around Atlanta, interspersed facilitated discussions and reflections, and group work sessions will open the door to innovation and creative thinking to address the most vexing problems in neighborhood regeneration. READ FULL STORY

The 4 Trends Setting Atlanta’s Urban Regeneration Story Apart

March 9, 2017

By Katy Ricchiuto

Atlanta is a city of contrasts and paradoxes — a city rich in culture, equity, and sustainability conversations, but burdened by some of the highest rates of economic and racial segregating and low density sprawl. We’ve identified the following themes and issues that are framing the urban regeneration industry in Atlanta, in order to prepare for Summit 2017. READ FULL STORY

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Atlanta's Leading Urban Sustainability Experts Will Shape the 2017 EcoDistricts Summit

January 31, 2017

By Katy Ricchiuto

In 2017, we travel to Atlanta, GA — one of the most dynamic cities in the U.S. Atlanta is grappling with the impacts of rapid, low-density growth and its affect on the environment, mobility and economic opportunity. To shape the 2017 Summit, we're thrilled to partner with an incredible cohort of expert city makers, equity experts and community development leaders. READ FULL STORY 


From Atlanta to Amsterdam: 8 Neighborhoods that Are Getting it Right

August 18, 2016

By Katy Ricchiuto

Denver isn’t the only city getting love at the 2016 EcoDistricts Summit. Across our Summit sessions, we’re featuring narratives and case studies from neighborhoods across the globe. Below are our top 8 picks for the can’t-miss deep-dive global conversations of district-scale successes, barriers, and opportunities you can experience at the 2016 Summit. READ FULL STORY