Melbourne reinforced its sustainability commitment when it hosted the globally respected Ecocity World Summit (EWS2017) from 12-14 July, a prestigious forum that unites the world’s leading environmental specialists, urban planners and city architects to debate the most complex ecological challenges that faces the rapidly evolving and urbanising world.
Iconic Melbourne landmarks such as the Bolte Bridge, the Arts Centre Spire and AAMI Park Stadium lit up in green to welcome over 800 prominent experts in the ecological urban planning field. The focus this year was on Changing Cities: Resilience and Transformations, emphasized by the necessity to unite expertise from different sectors to develop strategies to create a world of ecocities.
EWS2017 was secured back in 2015 by The Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, led by Professor Brendan Gleeson, and Director of the Institute for Culture and Society and Club Melbourne Ambassador Professor Paul James, in collaboration with Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB).
World recognised politician and environmentalist Al Gore, former US Vice President and current Chair of The Climate Reality Project, was the principal speaker at the summit, who delivered his insights on the role cities have in meeting the global climate challenge and the significant impact of aligning government policies with sustainability practices.
Over 800 of the world’s leading urban planners, environmental specialists and architects from over 30 countries gathered at MCEC to discuss and debate urban ecology and sustainable city initiatives.
Karen Bolinger, Melbourne Convention Bureau CEO said, "in bidding for this Summit we could mount a strong case for the event thanks to the City of Melbourne having environmental sustainability at the core of its future Melbourne initiatives, and the green credentials of MCEC."
"Melbourne Convention Bureau supports this by actively contributing to and promoting the city’s sustainability credentials to the business events industry and abroad. We are a member of the Global Destination Sustainability Index, an initiative that drives the adoption and recognition of sustainable practices in the business events and the tourism industry," Ms Bolinger concluded.