Regensia’s Joshua Foss will be leading a panel session at the upcoming National Council for Science and the Environment annual conference developed around the theme of Sustainable Infrastructure and Resilience. The conference will be held in Washington DC at the Omni Shoreham Hotel from January 7-10, 2019.
The specific session will focus on an emerging RENEWW Zone model (which stands for Renewable Energy, Nutrition, Environment, Water, and Waste) that Regensia is collaboratively developing alongside the US Department of State, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and other government agencies and research institutions. RENEWW Zones are based on decentralized, closed-loop models of spatial planning and peri-urban service provision that harness innovations at the nexus of food, energy, water, sanitation, and other systems to improve standards of living and qualities of life for marginalized communities in emerging economies. The concept was originally launched at Habitat III in Quito (2016) as a response to the recognition that new planning and development models are required to support rapidly growing impoverished peri-urban areas, which are expected to double in size to almost two billion people by 2030.
During the first half of the session, panelists will introduce the core function and value of RENEWW Zones, as well as examine related technological, social, enterprise, and business model implications of such an approach. Supporting this, related experiences and case studies from South Africa, India, and South East Asia will be introduced. The second half of the session will feature an interactive audience discussion that will collaboratively explore where first-of-their-kind RENEWW Zones might be best supported and developed.
This interactive session will be held on Tuesday January 8 from 10:45-12:15.
More information on the conference and session can be found HERE.