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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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

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

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

Certification Informational Webinar

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Categories: Certification, Climate Protection, Equity, Protocol, Resilience

Join us for a complimentary webinar about EcoDistricts Certified. This introduction includes an overview of the EcoDistricts Protocol and Certification, which are based on 1) equity, resilience, and climate protection imperatives; 2) formation of a governance structure; 3) development of a roadmap; and 4) ongoing performance reporting. Learn about the exemplary projects pursuing this new standard and understand how to apply EcoDistricts in your community. The presentation will be brief and include time for questions.

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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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Data Tools

Arup City Resilience Index

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Categories: Resilience

By: Arup

Developed by Arup with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, the City Resilience Index enables cities to measure and monitor the multiple factors that contribute to their resilience.

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Toolkits and Guides

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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Reports and Master Plans

Millvale Ecodistrict PIVOT 2.0 Plan

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Categories: Resilience, Roadmap

By: EvolveEA

The Borough of Millvale, Pennsylvania's PIVOT 2.0 Plan harnesses an ecodistrict planning model that builds community resiliency by mobilizing and connecting food, water and energy networks to achieve neighborhood goals.

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