The EcoDistricts Protocol
THE GLOBAL CERTIFICATION STANDARD EMPOWERING SUSTAINABLE NEIGHBORHOOD- AND DISTRICT-SCALE URBAN DEVELOPMENT
Our Open Comment Period has Closed. Our Global Launch is Scheduled for March 2016.
The Protocol is scheduled for global release in March 2016. To download the DRAFT Protocol, click the button below.
Our Cities Are Undergoing a Radical Transformation
Around the world, cities are undergoing the biggest building boom and burgeoning population growth of the past 100 years. More than one-half of the world’s population now lives in cities, a proportion that is expected to grow to two-thirds by 2050. To support this growth, trillions of dollars will flow in. Multi-building, district, and neighborhood scale projects are accelerating at a record pace and cities are making significant investments to rebuild critical water, energy, and transportation systems.
THE COST OF GROWTH HAS BEEN HEAVY, HITTING THE NEIGHBORHOOD THE HARDEST.
Cities now contribute to a vast and growing equity gap — where the zip code a child is born into now has a bigger role in determining their future than any other single factor. And worldwide a number of complex issues are colliding: Income, education, and health disparities that sit at the root of considerable social unrest. Ecological degradation. The growing threat of climate change. Carrying the burden of producing 80% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions while consuming 75% of the world’s energy.
The good news — there is a growing appetite emerging for innovation as cities seek competitive advantage to attract talent and investment, to embrace aging and historically disenfranchised populations, to enhance prosperity, deliver sustained opportunity, and respond intelligently to a rapidly changing climate.
THE NEIGHBORHOOD IS THE SOUL AND LIFEBLOOD OF THE CITY.
And they can become the building blocks of sustainable cities. While the neighborhood or district sits at the heart of some of the most complex challenges facing city makers today, they provide a uniquely valuable scale to introduce and accelerate innovation to achieve profound improvements in equity, resiliency, and climate protection. Neighborhoods and districts are small enough to innovate and big enough to leverage long term investment and public policy.
HOW WE LIVE IN CITIES — FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD UP — IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE OF OUR LIFETIME.
OUR RESPONSE: A NEW MODEL OF URBAN REGENERATION
The EcoDistricts Protocol is a process-based framework and certification standard that empowers equitable, resilient, sustainable neighborhoods and districts for all.
Learn more about how the Protocol works, who it’s for, and how you and your team can put the Protocol to action in your neighborhood or district: