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

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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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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Arup Cities Alive Workshop Cards

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Categories: Engagement, Resilience

By: Arup

Arup's Cities Alive workshop cards communicate 100 issues that cities will face in the future. The cards are designed to help stakeholders at all levels prioritize and explore issues that will shape the future of their city and explore the notion of city vitality thinking.

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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

Mobile Grocery Store Units

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Categories: Engagement, Equity, Health and Wellbeing

By: EcoDistricts

Mobile grocery units are gaining momentum as a way of combatting food deserts. The USDA defines food deserts as “a census tract with a substantial share of residents who live in a low income area that have low access to a grocery store or healthy affordable retail outlet.” Their mobility allows for outreach to multiple neighborhoods at a time.

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Case Studies

Cultural Programming

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Categories: Engagement, Place

By: EcoDistricts

Creative place making and cultural programming are becoming increasingly popular economic development strategies. Neighborhoods and local cultural organizations are banding together to transform their cultural attributes into celebrations that attract people into the area.

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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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