EcoDistricts Certified

The New Standard for Community Development


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EcoDistricts Certified is a powerful way to move projects from vision to reality and create neighborhoods for all.

In every city, people want better neighborhoods. Getting there is tough. Developers want to implement projects. Community members want a seat at the table. Policymakers want their vision to come to life. Investors want to leverage their resources. EcoDistricts Certified is where they meet.

Through EcoDistricts Certified, neighborhoods 1) commit to equity, resilience and climate protection at the heart of every decision; 2) form collaborative governance; 3) create an implementation roadmap to guide projects and programs; and 4) track and measure impact over time. The process is powered by the EcoDistricts Protocol, and each step is submitted to third-party verifiers to ensure transparency and accountability.

EcoDistricts Certified yields exponential returns:

  • A path to respond to urgent social and environmental challenges.
  • A powerful way to move from vision to action.
  • Aligns community, developers, policy makers, and investors.
  • Creates trust and community ownership.
  • Accountability for equity and sustainability goals.
  • Recognition for leadership.


It’s more than a standard. It’s the new way to create neighborhoods that are both sustainable and just, and there’s nothing else like it. EcoDistricts Certified is the result of seven years of research, pilot projects and the best thinking from technical advisors. It provides a flexible, holistic, and rigorous “how to” framework for organizing and achieving important public policy, sustainability, and investment goals.

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