The First International Ecocity Conference was convened in 1990 in Berkeley, California, and continued through the organizing and authorizing auspices of Ecocity Builders, a California non-profit corporation. After the Second International Ecocity Conference in Adelaide, Australia in 1992, a committee was established to select and relay responsibility for hosting future conferences to subsequent conference organizers.
This committee was constituted under the name “The International Ecocity Conference Relay Committee”(ECRC) and is composed of the official conveners of past conferences. The ECRC members represent their own edition of the conference and exercise the responsibility of assessing the qualifications and plans for bids for future conferences.
Applications for hosting privileges of the ECWS are solicited biennially several months preceding the start of a new conference iteration.Applicants should refer to the ECWS Bid Manual for instructions. The final selection of a host city is made by the ECWS Steering Committee.The granting of Host City status reflects outstanding proposals that not only highlight innovation and excellence in execution of international conferences, but also the qualities of the applicant city as a pioneer in Ecocity standards. The next ECWS host city is often announced at the closing ceremonies of the current summit.
Once the hosting conference production organization, or cooperating set of organizations, has been selected, the next Ecocity World Summit is planned in partnership with the ECRC represented by Richard Register, Ecocity Builders President and Conference Correspondent, Ecocity Builders’ Executive Director, Kirstin Miller, with corresponding oversight from other members of the ECRC. Richard Register and Kirstin Miller from the ECRC are representative members of the conference planning committee and conduct all on-site tours of the host city.
ECRC strives to maintain the history of the conference series as pioneering and open to a wide range of interests and perspectives. The host has freedom in setting themes and determining the character of the whole conference, with the guidance and certain requirements for presenters by the ECRC.
All of the tradeshow and exhibition booths for businesses, governments and NGOs and all tours can be selected by the local host without official approval by the ECRC.