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

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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Toolkits and Guides

Equity Foundations: A USDN Capacity Building Program

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Categories: Climate Protection, Community, Engagement, Equity, Prosperity

By: Urban Sustainability Directors Network

In September 2015, USDN developed a holistic curriculum of webinars, videos, and worksheets to help local government staff to apply an equity lens to a sustainability project, including choosing a good project, communicating about the project and racial equity, building a team, applying proven equity tools, and designing the project to embed an equity lens in local government practice.

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Equity in Sustainability: An Equity Scan of Local Governments Sustainability Programs

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Categories: Climate Protection, Community, Engagement, Equity, Governance, Prosperity, Roadmap

By: Urban Sustainability Director's Network

This guide from the Urban Sustainability Directors Network is an important read that highlights the interdependence between socioeconomic and racial equity and sustainability. It highlights 10 “Good Practices” for community leaders to help integrate equity into sustainability efforts, and highlights cases from around the country using the “Good Practices.”

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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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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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Certification Informational Webinar

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Categories: Certification, Climate Protection, Equity, Protocol, Resilience

Join us for a complimentary webinar about EcoDistricts Certified. This introduction includes an overview of the EcoDistricts Protocol and Certification, which are based on 1) equity, resilience, and climate protection imperatives; 2) formation of a governance structure; 3) development of a roadmap; and 4) ongoing performance reporting. Learn about the exemplary projects pursuing this new standard and understand how to apply EcoDistricts in your community. The presentation will be brief and include time for questions.

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Making Microgrids Work

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Categories: Climate Protection, Commercial District, District Energy + Water Academy, District Utilities, Resilience

The growing popularity of microgrids reflects their proven ability to deliver resilience and clean, alternative energy sources for diverse types of communities. This webinar explores how local governments, real estate owners and private developers can implement successful district energy and microgrid projects. You'll hear from Bracken Hendricks of Urban Ingenuity on how to navigate development, tight timelines and the competing pressures facing microgrid development.

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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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Case Studies

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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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

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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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

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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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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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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