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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Toolkits and Guides

The Tale of Two Zip Codes

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Categories: Community, Equity, Health and Wellbeing

By: Health Happens Here: The California Endowment

A short video detailing life expectancy differences between people based on the built environment, policies, and access to health resources in their neighborhood, often due to racial and economic discrimination. The video shows how zip code can be more influential to health than genetic code.

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Reports and Master Plans

SoMa EcoDistrict Roadmap

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Categories: Accredited Professionals, Annual Report, Community, Connectivity, District Utilities, District Water Systems, Engagement, Equity, Featured, Governance, Health and Wellbeing, Innovation District, Portland Pilot, Protocol, Resilience, Roadmap

By: Portland Sustainability Institute

The SoMa EcoDistrict Roadmap includes an assessment of baseline conditions, adopted performance goals, and recommended strategies to support the Soma EcoDistricts aspirations to foster a new model of urban sustainability. As part of the EcoDistricts Portland Pilot, this guide from SoMa showcases a well-curated report that could be modeled by other districts.

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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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Reports and Master Plans

Growth and Equity: Analyzing Impacts on Displacement and Opportunity Related to Seattle’s Growth Strategy

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Categories: Affordable Housing, Community, Equity, Living Infrastructure, Prosperity, Resilience

By: City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development

This is an equity analysis of the city of Seattle and part of their comprehensive planning process. Its goals are to inform future elected officials about Potential future impacts of the four growth alternatives on marginalized populations and strategies for mitigating identified impacts and increasing access to opportunity for marginalized populations.

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Case Studies

Building Public Data Capacity and Partnerships For Racial Equity In Oakland

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Categories: Community, Equity, Performance

By: National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership

This case study is part of a series, including an overview brief, that demonstrates how local governments benefit from engaging with data intermediaries. The Case Shows how Data Intermediaries can provide topical, analytical and community expertise and can provide impartial analysis of community issues community engagement.

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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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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

The Community Engagement Guide for Sustainable Communities

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Categories: Community, Engagement, Equity, Formation, Resilience

By: Policy Link and The Kirwan Institute

The Community Engagement Guide for Sustainable Communities includes the essential framework for effective community engagement. The guide covers the benefits of community engagement from hyper-local to regional planning projects, explains practical strategies, highlights case studies, and answers frequently asked questions about the topic.

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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

Asset Based Community Development

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Categories: Community, Engagement, Formation, Performance, Roadmap

By: Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center

The Organizer’s Workbook is an easy-to-follow guidebook that provides the fundamental guidelines and tools for neighborhood planning and community engagement strategies through the framework of Asset Based Community Development. The framework is a great tool for community members who are beginning their first neighborhood project, seasoned planners working on a multi-district development, or anyone in-between.

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Case Studies

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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