An essential part of the Civic Ecology framework is its reliance on participation and leadership by citizens, the public and private sector, religious and non-profit institutions and local experts in such areas as energy, water, waste, food systems, local economics and other relevant areas depending on the community. Harnessing these resources for the good of the community is the objective of the Civic Ecology framework. The following webinars, workshops and processes illustrate the ways in which Civic Ecology can be introduced and implemented in a community.

Webinar: 1 hour introduction to the concept of Civic Ecology for prospective community leaders.

Training Webinar: 1-2 hour training session targeted to a specific community’s leaders as well as local sustainability experts and other resource-people in the community’s bioregion. The purpose is to train the group to be resources for targeted Civic Ecology work in specific communities within the bioregion.

Civic Ecology Presentation: Live, in-person event that includes a presentation and follow-up discussion session tailored to the particular locale. This event is designed to introduce the framework to a city, town, village, region or district.

Civic Ecology training session: Full day series of workshops that include a Civic Ecology training workshop and community resource flow mapping exercise, a presentation on district scale infrastructure systems and a presentation on implementation. The purpose is to train community leaders and others to be table facilitators for more detailed Civic Ecology work. Fee includes preparation, workshop and follow-up to identify next steps.


The Institute for Civic Ecology has provided webinars, presentations and workshops for the following:

  • The EcoDistricts Summit (2011)
  • Atlanta, Georgia Training Workshops for Sustainable Atlanta (2013-2014)
  • Perrien Park, Detroit, Michigan for Incite-Focus (2016 ongoing)
  • Oregon chapter of the American Planning Association (OAPA) Workshops (Bend 2012) and Portland 2014)
  • Living Future Workshop (2009) for the International Living Futures Institute
  • The University of Oregon Sustainable Leadership Program (2012)