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. 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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Reports and Master Plans

The Salzburg Statement on Confronting Power and Privilege for Inclusive, Equitable and Healthy Communities

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Categories: Built Environment, Community, Equity, Health and Wellbeing, Resilience

By: Salzburg Global Seminar

The scale of current and potential inequalities in the urban environment demands a revolution of purpose and accountability. The challenges we face in building and sustaining healthy and equitable communities demand new forms of thinking, problem-solving, governance, and decision making. Most importantly, it requires that we learn the skills of interrogating power and analyzing privilege.

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Reports and Master Plans

Breathe Easy Millvale Air Quality Planning

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Categories: Annual Report, Built Environment, Climate Protection, Community, Equity, Health and Wellbeing, Protocol, Resilience

By: evolveEA

This Air Quality Planning guide is an example of a high-quality indicator report from an EcoDistricts Project. The Breathe Easy project recommends future actions and projects to catalyze change at the individual scale, in the borough, and in the region. This initiative, supported by the Heinz Endowments, is a result of Millvale's EcoDistrict Pivot 2.0 Plan led by evolveEA.

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Reports and Master Plans

The Empty House Next Door: Understanding and Reducing Vacancy and Hypervacancy in the United States

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Categories: Built Environment, Community, Equity

By: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

This report lays the groundwork for exploring the issue of vacancy by defining what is meant by a “vacant” property, what constitutes a “healthy” vacancy rate, how vacant properties are measured, and why properties become vacant and abandoned. It discusses the impact of vacant properties on the communities in which they are situated. The report gives a definition of vacant properties in the context of the overall housing market, explains the negative effects of vacant properties on the overall community wellbeing, and concludes with recommendations on how to curb the vacancy problem.

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Toolkits and Guides

Community Energy: Planning, Development, and Delivery

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Categories: Built Environment, Climate Protection, Commercial District, Community, District Energy + Water Academy, District Utilities, Governance, Prosperity, Resilience, Roadmap

By: International District Energy Association

District Energy is the local production and distribution of thermal energy used for residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. This guide is an important read for municipal officials, planners, and neighborhood champions interested in building a district energy system in their community.

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Toolkits and Guides

Neighborhood Climate Action Planning Handbook

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Categories: Built Environment, Climate Protection, Community, Engagement, Governance, Performance, Resilience, Resource Restoration, Roadmap

By: Portland State University

Developed by Portland State University, this handbook details climate action strategies to help neighborhoods reduce carbon footprint and fossil fuel dependency. While primarily focused on planning for Southeast Portland, this tool is certainly applicable to any neighborhood planner or advocate that is looking to bring the community together to mitigate the harmful effects of climate change.

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Toolkits and Guides

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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Toolkits and Guides

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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Case Studies

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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Case Studies

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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Case Studies

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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Case Studies

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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Case Studies

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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