3 Imperatives

Putting People and Planet at the Center of Change

The EcoDistricts Protocol starts with an unwavering commitment to three Imperatives: Equity, Resilience and Climate Protection

By embedding these cross-cutting Imperatives in all aspects of a district, the Protocol recalibrates our urban regeneration mindset by placing social, economic and environmental sustainability at the center of neighborhood initiatives.


EcoDistricts Protocol ImperativesEquity

Cities that embrace equity identify and acknowledge the communities most vulnerable to change. District teams must ensure their community has the opportunity to meaningfully participate, lead and thrive.



Resilience is the capacity of cities to function so that all people are able to withstand the shocks and stresses they encounter. District teams must address resilience with a broad lens that prepares for social, economic and environmental shocks and stresses.


Climate Protection

Cities are responsible for a majority of global carbon dioxide emissions, the dominant greenhouse gas contributing to climate change. District teams must build a pathway to carbon neutrality.