Christina O.

Location:

San Francisco, CA

Member since:

September 3, 2013

Tell us a little bit about your role in your company/organization.

I wear a few hats. I'm project manager and COO for a Vancouver cleantech & green building non-profit. In 2014, I finished a masters program in sustainability and environmental management through Harvard as well as a project with SF Planning to look at the role of planners in driving sustainability across cities.

What projects are you currently working on that are aimed at improving cities?

Our main current project at EcoSmart is 'SunMine', a solar farm on the brownfield site of a former mine in Canada. We're working with the mining company, local municipality, utility, and others to create an initial 1MW PV plant. My other work revolves mostly around sustainable cities. I am particularly interested in regenerative cities, local pilots and district/neighborhood scale initiatives (eg. ecodistricts), as well as broader urban standards and networks. Biourbanism, exological infrastructure, and anything to do with bringing ecological principles back into urban planning piques my interest.

What urban innovations have you seen or worked on in the last year that you think are game changers?

Distributed local renewable energy is one major game-changer. Also critical are urban planning approaches that are multi-stakeholder in nature and that emphasize density, walkability, fossil fuel reduction, socio-economic health, and all other aspects of community thrivability. I'm a big fan of pilot projects in creating change, providing they are done in a way that builds trust and reduces uncertainty, risk, and fear. I'm very keen on the regenerative design mental model.

Introduction

I'm a project manager with a non-profit that develops cleantech projects and recently completed a sustainability management masters program via Harvard. Interested in cities, networks, and how the two come together. Regenerative cities, yum!


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