As Naomi Cole, Vice President of Programs at EcoDistricts describes it, “Kristen has been
a huge champion of this work. She saw an opportunity to do something different in her own
backyard, which is always exciting and powerful. EcoDistricts has been a way for her to merge her passion with her professional interests.”
”EcoDistricts redefined our future, specific to equity, resilience and carbon neutrality in neighborhood development,” Victor said. The EcoDistricts platform enabled Sustainability
Matters’ global access to social justice and environmental reform for neighborhood
Victor knows very well. “When good projects die, it’s not a lack of knowledge about what to do, it’s lack of political will and a matter of getting the right people around the table to achieve those goals, the people who know the community best.”
Today, through the persistence and passion of thought leaders like Victor, there are accredited EcoDistricts dotted across North America. They include districts in Pacific Beach, California, in
Denver, Colorado, across the midwest in St. Louis, Missouri, and also north of the border in
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to name a few.
“What we have learned is to fully understand the maximum economic benefits of these technologies. We have also learned that it was best to look at a community grid versus an individual building,” she recalled. “Our experience has allowed us to evolve into the work we’re doing today.”
These community facilitation endeavors, the workshops they have conducted globally – most recently in Mexico – and which Victor describes as “humane center focused” – have involved working directly and collectively with indigenous people, local natives, and extranjeros, the Spanish term for “outsiders”.
On the ground, their work in Mexico has involved restoration of an extremely important water
source – a lake in need of water conservation and pollution strategies. Victor’s company has created business models for the globalization of the region’s unique indigenous artisan economy – without exploitation, she adds. They have also facilitated mobility options to encourage people to safely walk and ride bicycles with a focused effort on increasing healthy lifestyles, while reducing carbon emissions.
“Our facilitation in the Lago de Pátzcuaro region is focused on empowering all people to protect the earth at this time in our society – we need to be regenerative,” Victor said. “Mother Earth always prevails; our work is about respecting Mother Earth for the future of humanity.”
Rob Bennett, CEO of EcoDistricts, says Victor has been instrumental in the movement toward sustainable community development, especially when it comes to community-oriented