The UEA vision is the transformation of conventional cities into Ecological Cities – vibrant, equitable, socially supportive, ecologically sustaining and economically viable communities.
Ecological Cities are those which:
comprise networks of high and medium density urban settlements of limited size separated by green spaces, with most people living within walking, cycling or public transport distance of their workplace.
are threaded with natural habitat corridors, to foster biodiversity and to give residents access to nature for recreation.
incorporate natural ecosystems into urban areas, to host local wildlife, and to enhance the experience of urban public spaces.
use vegetation to control urban microclimates – to stabilise temperature and humidity.
enhance the life of the community and relationships between people, by creating convivial social environments.
support an innovative culture which enables people to flourish and develop their creative potential, and use new technologies to improve liveability.
have frequent public transport connecting local centres.
comprise buildings that make the best use of sun, wind and rainfall to supply the energy and water needs of occupants. These should include multi-storey buildings to maximize the land available for green space.
contain industry and commerce that minimise the throughput of raw materials, that involve the re-use and recycling of materials and minimise the transportation of materials.
produce much of their own food and other goods within their borders or from nearby areas.