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

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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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

Industrial EcoDistricts

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Categories: Commercial District, District Utilities, District Water Systems, Innovation District, Resilience

There are over 950,000 more manufacturing jobs in the U.S. today than in 2010. This resurgence presents a major opportunity for communities. As a segment of manufacturers turns away from the inefficiencies of sprawling suburban industrial parks and re-onshores production from overseas locations there is growing demand for urban locations. But cities that want to take advantage of manufacturing’s return need to prepare themselves. An EcoDistrict approach to industrial revitalization can help keep costs down and bring the benefits of manufacturing to a community, while reducing the environmental burdens.

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Toolkits and Guides

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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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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