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EcoDistricts Foundation Course - Miami, FL

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EcoDistricts Foundation Course - Miami, FL


About the Foundation Course

The EcoDistricts Foundation Course will immerse attendees in the approach and tools to create EcoDistricts, a unique standard for urban and community development that puts equity, resilience, and climate protection at the heart of every decision. 

This course is for planners, architects, developers, community development professionals, and municipal leaders seeking to advance their skills, apply the EcoDistricts standard, and/or become an EcoDistricts Accredited Professional.

What you'll Learn



Gain an in-depth overview of EcoDistricts Certified — the world's first comprehensive framework to guide urban and community development — from planning to implementation.



Learn about key issues and best practices influencing neighborhood sustainability — including resiliency, equity, green infrastructure, placemaking, and community health.



Explore inspiring case studies, including the first set of projects committed to EcoDistricts Certified.



Be prepared to take the EcoDistricts Accredited Professional exam, the first credential demonstrating a commitment to creating sustainable, equitable neighborhoods.



About the Instructor

Renee Garrels, EcoDistricts AP; Program Manager, EcoDistricts – 

Renee joined EcoDistricts in early 2018 to help launch the Accelerator technical assistance group. Her focus is on ensuring that everyone has the tools they need to create inclusive and resilient communities they want to live in. Renee began her career working with refugees as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Baltimore, and then ran the day to day operations for an Individual Account Program in Chicago.  In the world of sustainability, she has held positions in Solid Waste & Recycling, LEED consulting, and commercial energy efficiency. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies & Philosophy from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, and a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning with a Certificate in Real Estate Development from Portland State University.



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