The Denver Broncos are favorites to win the AFC West crown but the Mile-High City also has something else to be proud of, as it becomes the latest city to host a cutting-edge urban district. It joins a network of 2030 Districts working to meet the energy, water and vehicle emissions reduction targets for existing urban areas and new construction called for by Architecture 2030 in the 2030 Challenge for Planning.
The Denver 2030 District is launching with 14 property owner and manager members with 32 properties and over 13.5 million square feet of commercial real estate in downtown Denver, as well as seven prominent professional and community stakeholders members organizations.
Together, Denver and the established Districts in Seattle, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Los Angeles represent 107 property owners, 111 professional and community stakeholders, and over 97 million square feet of committed real estate.
2030 Districts are unique private/public partnerships bringing property owners and managers together with local governments, businesses, and community stakeholders to provide a business model for urban sustainability. Through collaboration, leveraged financing, and shared resources, they benchmark, develop and implement creative strategies, best practices and verification methods for measuring progress towards a common goal.
First established in Seattle, 2030 Districts are leading a national grassroots effort to create long-term partnerships, coalitions, and collaboration around achievable, measurable goals for renovating hundreds of millions of square feet of existing urban/suburban areas and infrastructure, infill development and redevelopment. (See the recent Seattle 2030 District annual report for the latest updates from that city.)
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In August, Architecture 2030 organized the first 2030 Districts Summit, held in the vibrant city of Pittsburgh. Our video captures the energy and enthusiasm of the event:
Denver photo credit: Ian Freimuth