The EcoDistricts Information Exchange

An Online Library to Advance District-Scale Urban Sustainability

Setting a new bar for transparent peer exchange is a core commitment of EcoDistricts and our partners. As an exclusive benefit to EcoDistricts Members, the Information Exchange is an ever-expanding online library of original and curated district-scale sustainability resources designed to support innovative city makers worldwide.

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Arup City Resilience Index

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Categories: Resilience

By: Arup

Developed by Arup with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, the City Resilience Index enables cities to measure and monitor the multiple factors that contribute to their resilience.

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Zero Net Energy Communications Toolkit

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Categories: Built Environment, Climate Protection

By: New Buildings Institute and Resource Media

The Zero Net Energy Communications Toolkit is a set of online resources developed by the New Buildings Institute and Resource Media to address zero net energy (ZNE) communications goals. The toolkit answers commonly asked questions about ZNE and provides messaging for consistent communications around this ultra-efficiency goal.

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Participatory Asset Mapping Toolkit

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Categories: Formation, Governance

By: Healthy City

Healthy City's Participatory Asset Mapping Toolkit is an instructional guide that provides community-based organizations with concepts, methods and tools to collect knowledge and experiences from community members about local assets.

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Arup Cities Alive Workshop Cards

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Categories: Engagement, Resilience

By: Arup

Arup's Cities Alive workshop cards communicate 100 issues that cities will face in the future. The cards are designed to help stakeholders at all levels prioritize and explore issues that will shape the future of their city and explore the notion of city vitality thinking.

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2015 Pittsburgh 2030 District Project Report

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Categories: Performance

By: Pittsburgh 2030 District and Green Building Alliance

The Pittsburgh 2030 District Progress Report summarizes the Pittsburgh 2030 District’s 2015 progress toward attaining the bold sustainable building performance goals pursued by its participants.

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Millvale Ecodistrict PIVOT 2.0 Plan

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Categories: Resilience, Roadmap

By: EvolveEA

The Borough of Millvale, Pennsylvania's PIVOT 2.0 Plan harnesses an ecodistrict planning model that builds community resiliency by mobilizing and connecting food, water and energy networks to achieve neighborhood goals.

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Capitol Hill Ecodistrict 2015 Annual Report

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Categories: Performance

By: Capitol Hill Housing

The Capitol Hill Ecodistrict is a neighborhood-based sustainability initiative serving the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, the most densely populated urban village in the Pacific Northwest. The Capitol Hill Ecodistrict 2015 Annual Report details significant achievements by the district, including formal recognition by Seattle's City Council and progress made toward eight performance indicators, such as energy and transportation.

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Verde and Living Cully: A Venture in Placemaking

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Categories: Equity, Prosperity

By: Ecotrust and Economics for Equity and Environment Network

"Verde and Living Cully: A Venture in Placemaking" profiles the non-profit organization Verde and the Living Cully initiative in the highly diverse, low-income Cully neighborhood of Portland, Oregon.

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Building Healthy Places Toolkit

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Categories: Built Environment, Equity, Health and Wellbeing, Place

By: Urban Land Institute

ULI’s Building Healthy Places Toolkit: Strategies for Enhancing Health in the Built Environment outlines evidence-supported opportunities for enhancing health outcomes in real estate developments. The toolkit is a useful complement to the EcoDistricts Protocol Health + Wellbeing Priority area.

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Lloyd EcoDistrict

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Categories: Climate Protection, Connectivity, Health and Wellbeing, Innovation District

By: EcoDistrict

The Lloyd Ecodistrict in Portland, OR was formed in 2009 with a goal of becoming one of North America’s most sustainable living-and-working districts. In the seven years since its formation, the ecodistrict is well on its way to becoming a case study in effective district-scale regeneration, thanks in large part to the emphasis project leaders have put on strategic partnerships and stakeholder engagement.

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Stockholm Royal Seaport

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Categories: Built Environment, Climate Protection

By: EcoDistricts

Formerly a brownfield site, the Stockholm Royal Seaport is designed to be a world-class waterfront urban district with a strong focus on sustainability. When completed in 2030, it will provide 10,000 apartments and 30,000 workspaces. The Stockholm Royal Seaport aims to be a diverse neighborhood combining offices and climate-adapted housing with a green inner-city character.

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Hammarby Sjöstad, Sweden

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Categories: Built Environment, Climate Protection

By: EcoDistricts

The Hammarby Sjöstad area was originally intended to be an olympic village for Stockholm’s application to the 2004 summer Olympics. Instead, Hammarby Sjöstad is now the result of a long process of converting a brownfield area into a sustainable waterfront residential neighborhood.

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Augustenborg, Sweden

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Categories: Climate Protection, Engagement

By: EcoDistricts

In 1998, the Augustenborg district in Malmö, Sweden, initiated a renovation process through an urban renewal program at the community and household scales. They focused at the household level to improve energy efficiency, create green roofs, and improve access to recycling facilities.

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Mobile Grocery Store Units

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Categories: Engagement, Equity, Health and Wellbeing

By: EcoDistricts

Mobile grocery units are gaining momentum as a way of combatting food deserts. The USDA defines food deserts as “a census tract with a substantial share of residents who live in a low income area that have low access to a grocery store or healthy affordable retail outlet.” Their mobility allows for outreach to multiple neighborhoods at a time.

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Transportation Demand Management

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Categories: Built Environment, Connectivity

By: EcoDistricts

Transportation demand management (TDM) refers to various strategies that change travel behavior (how, when, and where people travel) in order to increase the efficiency of transport and parking systems in alignment with planning objectives. Many factors affect people’s transport decisions, including the relative convenience and safety of travel modes, cost and land use.

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District Wastewater Management

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Categories: Built Environment, Climate Protection, District Water Systems, Living Infrastructure

By: EcoDistricts

District wastewater management systems provide collection, treatment and dispersal or reuse of wastewater from individual buildings or clusters of buildings near the location where the waste is generated. Studies indicate that more distributed methods of wastewater collection, which rely mostly on gravity-fed pipes, will have fewer negative environmental impacts than systems that expend large amounts of energy for conveyance.

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Bicycle Trains

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Categories: Health and Wellbeing

By: EcoDistricts

A bicycle train is a group of people bicycling together along a structured route with a set schedule and meeting places — most commonly seen in the form of parents leading a group of children to school, but also including adults commuting to work. This alternative form of transportation is popular because it improves bicyclist safety and can help new cyclists acclimate to commuting via bicycle.

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Active Living

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Categories: Built Environment, Health and Wellbeing, Living Infrastructure

By: EcoDistricts

According to the Active Living Research program from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, active living integrates physical activity into the daily routines of people — 30-60 minutes per day. To facilitate and support opportunities for active living, a focus on the built environment and good urban design is essential—including neighborhoods, transportation systems, buildings, street and sidewalk design, parks and open space.

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District Stormwater Management

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Categories: Living Infrastructure

By: EcoDistricts

District-scale “green” infrastructure helps preserve the local on-site water balance. They not only reduce the amount of stormwater available for runoff, but also the pollution from urban nonpoint sources that enter local streams. Neighborhood-scale stormwater management should begin with rainwater management at the site or individual property level and then scale up to the watershed level.

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District Energy

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Categories: Climate Protection, District Utilities, Living Infrastructure

By: EcoDistricts

District energy systems provide an energy-efficient and cost-effective option for heating and cooling many buildings in a given locale, from a central plant. They use a network of underground pipes to pump steam, hot water, and/or chilled water to multiple buildings in an area such as a downtown district, college or hospital campus, airport or military base.

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Cultural Programming

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Categories: Engagement, Place

By: EcoDistricts

Creative place making and cultural programming are becoming increasingly popular economic development strategies. Neighborhoods and local cultural organizations are banding together to transform their cultural attributes into celebrations that attract people into the area.

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Commercial Energy Retrofits

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Categories: Climate Protection, Performance

By: EcoDistricts

The two main forms of energy retrofits – conventional and deep energy retrofits – can be applied to commercial buildings, including offices, public buildings, schools and other institutions. Deep energy retrofits achieve much greater energy efficiency by taking a whole-building approach to address many systems at once.

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Bike Sharing

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Categories: Connectivity, Health and Wellbeing

By: EcoDistricts

Bike-sharing systems are public active transportation programs comprised of interconnected stations that exchange bicycles for free or at an affordable rate for short distance trips in urban areas. These programs offer an alternative to motorized transportation to prevent its negative externalities, and present opportunities for increased physical activity.

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Engagement Technologies

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Categories: Climate Protection, Community, Engagement

By: EcoDistricts

A number of emerging community engagement programs use technology to empower local organizations with data, tools and fundraising resources to connect with communities, attract funders and inspire behavior change. Online forums, web services and social media are used to connect groups working on environmental and community enhancement projects to interested volunteers and donors.

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Residential Energy Retrofits

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Categories: Climate Protection, Equity

By: EcoDistricts

In the U.S., residential energy retrofit programs support single-family homeowners through the process of retrofitting their homes to increase energy efficiency and/or to lower energy costs, and were initially developed in response to increased interest at all levels of government to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of buildings.

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