EcoDistricts Planning Framework

Collaborative Planning Approach

The EcoDistricts Framework is designed to help cities, organizations and urban development practitioners team up to be successful by guiding the elements of process management, project delivery and community collaboration.

A Different Approach to Conventional Planning Methods

The EcoDistricts Framework™ emphasizes the integration of smart infrastructure, green buildings, and community engagement and provides a template that guides and supports implementation of innovative projects. 

EcoDistricts™ are a comprehensive strategy to accelerate sustainable development at the neighborhood scale by integrating building and infrastructure projects with community and individual action. They are the right scale to accelerate sustainability — small enough to innovate quickly and big enough to have a meaningful impact.

The EcoDistricts approach recognizes the potential for neighborhoodscale actions to meet sustainability goals by combining the “top-down” investment and policy commitments of a city and utilities with the “bottom-up” participation of neighbors motivated to improve the quality of their communities.

EcoDistricts Projects

EcoDistricts bring real projects that improve sustainability in your neighborhood — such as training and education; social marketing; demand management; resource sharing; performance dashboards; district energy; building retrofits; green infrastructure; wastewater treatment; and smart grid, to name a few. These projects all have valuable outcomes to improve quality of life, like savings on utility bills, creating jobs and building community.

EcoDistricts Process

EcoDistrict initiatives are long-term, highly collaborative projects implemented through public/ private partnerships using variations of the following process:

Engagement and local governance to build local capacity
Sustainability inventorying and assessment
Project implementation
Ongoing monitoring and impact measurement

“The EcoDistricts guiding principles are highly adaptable to accommodate the needs and desires of all communities.”