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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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

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

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

Bicycle Trains

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Categories: Health and Wellbeing

By: EcoDistricts

A bicycle train is a group of people bicycling together along a structured route with a set schedule and meeting places — most commonly seen in the form of parents leading a group of children to school, but also including adults commuting to work. This alternative form of transportation is popular because it improves bicyclist safety and can help new cyclists acclimate to commuting via bicycle.

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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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Case Studies

Bike Sharing

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Categories: Connectivity, Health and Wellbeing

By: EcoDistricts

Bike-sharing systems are public active transportation programs comprised of interconnected stations that exchange bicycles for free or at an affordable rate for short distance trips in urban areas. These programs offer an alternative to motorized transportation to prevent its negative externalities, and present opportunities for increased physical activity.

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