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

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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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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Case Studies

Verde and Living Cully: A Venture in Placemaking

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Categories: Equity, Prosperity

By: Ecotrust and Economics for Equity and Environment Network

"Verde and Living Cully: A Venture in Placemaking" profiles the non-profit organization Verde and the Living Cully initiative in the highly diverse, low-income Cully neighborhood of Portland, Oregon.

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