EcoDistricts invites you to take a look back on last year’s accomplishments and the people, projects and programs that are helping ignite the neighborhood-scale sustainability movement across the globe.
We’ve been making huge strides since we started our work to regenerate neighborhoods in 2013. We’ve moved beyond our backyard of Portland, OR to become a North American-facing organization. Projects and leaders embracing the EcoDistricts approach have sprung up in dozens of cities, from Boston to San Francisco, and from Vancouver, BC to Guadalajara, Mexico.
2014 was a catalytic year for us. We launched Target Cities on the global Clinton Global Initiative platform with commitments from 11 projects in nine cities. We held our largest Summit to date – with more than 650 attendees, in Washington, DC. We trained more than 400 people in our EcoDistricts for Practitioners trainings across the continent. And we helped eight diverse teams create customized project roadmaps in our third annual Incubator, many of which are already experiencing success implementing their projects on the ground.
We built a Board of Directors second to none in the area of urban regeneration innovation. We garnered the support of 23 innovative organizations through our Founding Members campaign. In the past three years, we’ve grown and diversified the organization 250%. This extraordinary growth has helped us design and launch new initiatives like Target Cities and the Protocol. It’s also allowed us to hire excellent and diverse staff – from 2.4 full time employees in April 2013 to 8 in 2014.
And, in 2014, we began our most ambitious undertaking to date – building the EcoDistricts Protocol — a two-year, open-source endeavor to create the first global framework for accelerating district-scale sustainability.
We’re proud of what we accomplished in 2014, and, by the way we see it, 2015 is shaping up to be another year of extraordinary success in the movement toward just, sustainable and resilient cities and neighborhoods for all.