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ecodistrict

This hour, we get an update on the EcoDistrict -- Greentopia's green vision for High Falls and the surrounding area. We discuss a series of new projects designed to increase biodiversity and walkability in the area, as well as the impact environmental education can have in urban design.

Our guests:

  • Lisa Baron, board chair for Greentopia
  • Pamela Reed Sanchez, president and CEO of the Seneca Park Zoo Society
  • Rachel Walsh, EcoDistrict program director at Greentopia

Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

The organization Greentopia says it will be launching its effort to create an EcoDistrict in Rochester this weekend, as part of the city’s River Romance activities.

That annual event runs Friday through Sunday and it involves tours, kayaking, river cruises and other activities to promote the use of the Genesee River.

An EcoDistrict would be an area of the city that will help promote sustainability.

Rachel Walsh is eco-district coordinator for the non-profit group.

There’s a movement taking place across the country and it’s spreading throughout the world. It’s an EcoDistrict movement. This may be a little known term for many, but if it’s successful in Rochester, the local effort could serve as a model throughout our region and the state. But what is an EcoDistrict, why do we need it and how can it really regenerate urban areas such as Rochester?

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