Twelve 2030 Districts Across North America
Two new cities, San Antonio and Grand Rapids, recently joined the 2030 Districts movement, bringing to twelve the number of 2030 Districts across North America. The established 2030 Districts now include a total of 269 million square feet of buildings, showing the strength of this grassroots movement of urban sustainability that is initiated by the private sector and developed through private-public partnerships.
The San Antonio 2030 District, located in downtown San Antonio, currently consists of 26 members with over 1 million square feet of buildings committed to report energy, water, and transportation emissions data.
Elizabeth Kertesz, Director of the San Antonio 2030 District said
“the District was formed to address climate change at the local level by developing strategic partnerships with organizations who support our mission, and by delivering programs, tools and resources to building owners and managers to help them achieve the program goals and create a business case for sustainability.”
Property owner/managers include USAA Real Estate Company, Zurich International Properties and the San Antonio Housing Authority, while professional and community stakeholders include Merrick & Company, Lake Flato Architects, the San Antonio River Authority and the City of San Antonio.
Funding for the District comes from the Meadows Foundation and South-Central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER).
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The Grand Rapids 2030 District contains nearly 10 million square feet of real estate in the downtown core.
Drew Coppess of 616 Development and Chair of the newly-established Grand Rapids 2030 District Leadership Council said,
“Our 2030 District is a true partnership between many of the leading building owners and operators in downtown Grand Rapids, as well as a broad range of community and professional stakeholders.”
The U.S. Green Building Council – West Michigan Chapter (USGBC-WM) will administer the District, and USGBC-WM Executive Director Cheri Holman will serve as its director. In addition to Chairman Coppess, the Grand Rapids 2030 District Leadership Council includes representatives from SMG Group, Rockford Construction, the City of Grand Rapids and Veolia Energy, and founding members also include Amway Hospitality, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, Spectrum Health, Grand Valley State University, and Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University.
> Learn more about the Grand Rapids District and its members