Just a quick note on a major event underway in Cascadia:

This week, Vancouver hosts the United Nations World Urban Forum, a high-profile convergence of global leaders in sustainability. The Tyee is sending daily dispatches from the event .

Yesterday saw a face-off between the U.S. Secretary of Housing and the head of Habitat International on affordable living, which is a critical issue in booming cities throughout our region—especially in the forum’s host city, where a pleasant home can easily cost a million dollars. It’s the price of living in Lotus Land.

I’d be interested in hearing from folks who are attending. How is this experience changing your thinking about sustainability? What’s the best definition of “sustainability” you’ve found? Where is progress really happening? And most importlantly, what are the practical applications of this conference?

P.S. If you are in Vancouver for the week, you’re doubly lucky. The annual jazz festival begins on the 23rd.