2030 Districts Piercing Boundaries

At the recent 2030 Districts Summit in Cleveland, San Antonio officially became the 11th 2030 District, piercing the previous boundary of the initial ten Districts, and further demonstrating the market readiness of the privately-led, publicly-supported 2030 Districts initiative.

“When we created the first 2030 District in Seattle, it was always intended to be a replicable model. We saw room in the green building movement for a private sector focus on uniting downtown property owners and building professionals around a common set of performance goals. The pace of the 2030 District’s growth has astounded a number of us, and we are thrilled to see it continue,” says Brian Geller, Senior Vice President of Corporate Sustainability at Citi, and Founder and former Executive Director of the Seattle 2030 District.

District-wide carbon and resource reduction goals by the year 2030 have been previously discussed in 2030 Districts as a Movement. Although 2030 Districts is a private sector led movement, the impact of federal buildings and real estate leases through public sector tenants can be significant. Having knowledgeable and forward looking owners, like the General Services Administration (GSA), and federal agency tenants inside the 2030 Districts is a bonus. The 2015 Federal Executive Order andEnergy Efficiency Improvement Act will further reinforce local District implementation of the energy, water and transportation goals.

The 2030 Districts Network recently collaborated with the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Greenprint Center for Building Performance on data aggregation. Founded in 2009, Greenprint is a worldwide alliance of leading owners and financial institutions committed to improving the environmental performance of buildings, and its current database covers over 5,000 buildings and 1.2 billion square feet. The 2030 District building members will meaningfully contribute to the North American reporting portfolio. Participants can also build on a common language using the Greenprint platform providing analytics such as carbon calculation, online dashboards, auditability, and goal tracking.

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