Designing cities for sustainability, resilience and happiness | Paulina Lis | TEDxSanDiego

Each facet of the built environment has the capacity to create a positive experience, enhance our health, and strengthen our communities. We live surrounded by concrete, glass, brick, and asphalt for most of our day, while we breathe processed air, drink recycled water and listen to the sounds of the city. Cities are writing new narratives around sustainability, resilience, happiness and well-being, with governments designing urban environments and shaping public policy with regenerative qualities in mind. Paulina Lis learned the value of conservation early on in life. Growing up in 1980s Poland under the Soviet Union, Paulina’s family relied on a community network of locally grown food, upcycled products and basic services. As the Executive Director of the San Diego Green Building Council, Paulina helps build support for environmental initiatives. Notable projects to date include sustainability efforts in Balboa Park, San Diego Food Bank, North Park Eco District Initiative, and the Net Zero Water Conservation. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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