2030 Districts Take Next Step as Leaders on Local Climate Change Action

After five years of support and oversight from Architecture 2030, the fifteen 2030 Districts across North America establish their own non-profit.

The private-sector led 2030 Districts have been established in cities across North America as grassroots efforts to provide a business model for urban sustainability through collaboration, leveraged financing, and shared resources. The 2030 Districts work towards a common goal of meeting the energy, water, and transportation emissions reduction targets for existing buildings and new construction called for by Architecture 2030 in its 2030 Challenge for Planning.

Now, after five years of growth with oversight from Architecture 2030, the fifteen 2030 Districts have established their own non-profit, the 2030 Districts Network, to support their efforts.

“We understood the power of creating a District model to address resource conservation in cities. It has been gratifying to see the market signal that this model is the right way to create change in the industry.”
– Edward Mazria, Founder and CEO of Architecture 2030 and member of the new 2030 Districts Network Board

The 2030 Districts Network includes more than 290 million square feet of member-owned real estate, over 1,000 buildings, and over 600 different member organizations.

While the Districts are managed by their local boards, the 2030 Districts Network was established to support peer exchange across Districts, store and share data, use the aggregate purchasing power of the District membership to secure reduced costs, create national partnership relationships, and influence national policy on transportation infrastructure and building water and energy efficiency.

Previously, Architecture 2030 had run the Network, making sure all 2030 Districts benefit from partnerships, support, and services, including technical support, fundraising guidance, access to national partners, summits, webinars and capacity building workshops.

But with the 2030 Districts’ successful growth – in addition to the fifteen Established Districts, there are five more cities that have reached the Emerging District stage of development – the logical step was for the Network to become its own non-profit organization.

As part of this move, the 2030 Districts have selected the following thirteen members to its initial Board of Governors:

Name Organization Name Organization
Tyler Harris General Services Administration (GSA) Anna Siefken Carnegie Mellon University
Jason Kobeda Major League Baseball Jiri Skopek Jones Lang LaSalle
Edward Mazria Architecture 2030 Tim Thiel Covestro, LLC
Sara Neff Kilroy Realty Jon Utech The Cleveland Clinic
Brett Phillips Unico Properties Jenita Warner Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
Dave Pogue CBRE Jill Ziegler Forest City Realty Trust
Megan Saunders Stamford 2030 District

Under this new leadership, the Network will look to build upon the success and expand its reach to more cities in North America and beyond.

“As a national real estate owner and developer, Forest City sees the 2030 Districts Network as a great asset in helping us achieve our sustainability goals, aligning those objectives with municipal plans, and effectively communicating our efforts to stakeholders,” said Jill Ziegler, Forest City Realty Trust’s Director of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, and a new 2030 Districts Network board member. “We look forward to working with like-minded organizations within the 2030 Districts Network to share best practices and further sustainability efforts on a broader scale at all levels.”

The majority of 2030 Districts are located in downtown commercial cores and city centers, which typically have the highest and most concentrated energy and environmental impact. There, the reduction of energy and water consumption, transportation emissions, and improved indoor air quality provides the additional benefit of increased competitiveness in the business environment and owner’s returns on investment. Several of the Districts that are vulnerable to environmental threats such as flooding also focus on community and economic resilience.

The Districts have an impact on raising awareness of climate change and mobilizing community action.  Several Districts have published annual reports documenting their successes and have been able to create meaningful and quantifiable strides to meeting their goals.

The Pittsburgh District member buildings were able to realize a 12.5% drop in energy consumption through the end of 2015 while the Stamford District member buildings saw a 6.2% reduction in energy consumption through 2015.  The entire Seattle District has seen a 10% reduction in energy consumption through 2015.

“Architecture 2030 is delighted to be handing over supervision of the 2030 Districts to their own free-standing organization. The Districts have been a great success, and we look forward to their continued growth and development, supported by the 2030 Districts Network.”
– Edward Mazria

2030 Districts Expanding as San Antonio and Grand Rapids Launch

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.

2030 Districts Network Launches Marketplace to Give Members Special Pricing on Energy-Efficiency Products

The 2030 Districts Network has established the 2030 Districts Marketplace to provide 2030 District Members and Partners with special pricing on products to help them meet their efficiency goals. The 2030 Districts Marketplace can be found at: http://2030districts.org/marketplace.

Overseen by Architecture 2030, twelve private-sector led 2030 Districts have been established in cities across North America as a grassroots effort to provide a business model for urban sustainability through collaboration, leveraged financing, and shared resources. The 2030 Districts work towards a common goal of meeting the energy, water, and vehicle emissions reduction targets for existing buildings and new construction called for by Architecture 2030 in its 2030 Challenge for Planning.

Currently, 2030 Districts boast 266 million square feet of property and 1179 properties, and the 2030 Districts Network saw an opportunity to help its property owners, managers, and developers streamline the technology procurement process when they are purchasing products that will improve the energy efficiency of their buildings. The first set of products available in the marketplace include HVAC controls, advanced metering, LED lighting, windows and window film, and electric vehicle chargers.

‘We’re using the power of group purchasing to offer 2030 Districts Members below-market prices on technology and equipment they can use to help in efficiency retrofit projects,” said Ed Mazria, Founder and CEO of Architecture 2030.

Technologies and suppliers were selected through a competitive application process to vet reliability, effectiveness, and pricing, and the benefits to purchasers (in addition to saving money) include saving time and the option to get multiple bids with one inquiry for certain types of products. 

Suppliers and manufacturers selected at launch are:

  • Aquicore (advanced metering)
  • Bes-Tech (HVAC controls)
  • Energy Innovation Group (LED lighting)
  • Sage Glass (dynamic glass)
  • Campbell Window Film
  • SemaConnect (electric vehicle chargers)

“We’re looking forward to building up the Marketplace over time,” said Vince Martinez, interim Director of the 2030 Districts Network. “Adding new products from new approved suppliers will create more options for our members, and help them meet their energy reduction targets in an affordable way.”

Architecture 2030 is leading this program with funding from the US Department of Energy.

Perfect Ten – Two New 2030 Districts Established

Two new cities have established 2030 Districts, bringing to ten the number of private-sector led urban districts across North America committed to a 50% energy, water, and transportation emissions reduction by 2030.

And Then There Were Eight

Great American Cities Going 2030

Pittsburgh Joins Cleveland and Seattle, Launches a 2030 District

2030 Districts are forming in great American cities to meet the energy, water and transportation emissions reduction targets called for by Architecture 2030 in the 2030 Challenge for Planning. This week, Pittsburgh joined Cleveland and Seattle by launching a Pittsburgh 2030 District. Pittsburgh, a city transitioning from an industrial past to a lively, low-carbon metropolis, will become part of an emerging 2030 District network.

The announcement of a collaborative effort creating a Pittsburgh 2030 District, containing 61 properties and over 23 million square feet in the downtown area, is the most recent effort in this city’s evolution.

“Launching a 2030 District in Pittsburgh helps to reinforce what this city has been working towards for a long time. Pittsburgh has been building a reputation as a healthy, vibrant city with many sustainability initiatives, and this 2030 District takes things to the next level. The fact that we already have so many businesses committed to this challenge shows that Pittsburghers want to build a better city, and they’re ready to take the next step.” Mike Schiller, CEO Green Building Alliance

Architecture 2030’s Edward Mazria will deliver a lecture titled “The Next Built Environment, Today” on Monday, September 10th at 4:30pm at Carnegie Mellon University. The lecture is part of Pittsburgh 2030 District launch activities hosted by the Green Building Alliance (GBA). The GBA, a community benefit organization founded in 1993 and headquartered in Pittsburgh, is leading the Pittsburgh 2030 District initiative.


Origin of the 2030 Districts

First established in Seattle, 2030 Districts are unique “private/public” partnerships driving a national grassroots movement to create durable coalitions focused on creating and maintaining sustainable and resilient urban growth.

“The 2030 District model is a private sector sustainability initiative for urban development that sets feasible, long-term targets. As municipalities continue to struggle with financial challenges, this is an exciting, robust new model for our time.” Brian Geller, Founder and Executive Director Seattle 2030 District

The 2030 District model brings property owners and managers together with local governments, businesses, architects and planners, and community stakeholders to provide a business model for urban sustainability. Together, this group adopts measurement tools and implements strategies and best practices to meet the 2030 Challenge reduction targets. Leveraged financing, shared financial resources and incentives allow Districts to realize their vibrant urban development and renovation plans without undue delay.


Cleveland Builds Momentum

Cleveland Ranked 14th Best City for Public Transportation. Cleveland RTA Rapid Transit (generally known as The Rapid)

Recently, Edward Mazria and Brian Geller joined 250 community members at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History to celebrate the Cleveland 2030 District launch. The Cleveland 2030 District originated in a Sustainable Cleveland 2019 working group, an initiative that engages citizens in designing and developing a thriving self-sustaining greater Cleveland region, leveraging assets to achieve an economic strength, social stability and environmental beauty that will enhance the quality of life for all its residents.

“Since moving to Cleveland five years ago from Cincinnati (Cleveland’s ‘other’ rival city in addition to Pittsburgh), I’ve been very pleasantly surprised by its major cultural institutions, wonderful locally-owned restaurants, diverse population, and most relevant to my career, the implementation of various sustainability initiatives by the City, its residents and businesses throughout the greater Cleveland area. The Cleveland 2030 District’s work can lead to additional benefits including regional economic development, increased investment in the downtown core, and visibility as a national leader in energy-efficient and environmentally responsible building practices.” Kemp Jaycox, Program Manager Cleveland 2030 District

Next steps for the Cleveland 2030 District, established in May 2012, include implementing its strategic plan, hiring full-time staff, engaging new property owners and stakeholders, and creating a database to track and display building and District performance.

Access, Info, and Transparency: 2030’s Technology Round-Up

Architecture 2030 is working with industry leaders and online technology innovators to provide extraordinary new resources for meeting the 2030 Challenges.


Green Wizard: Paving the Way to Carbon Neutral

Architecture 2030 has joined forces with the design and construction industry’s go-to-source for sustainable building products to greatly simplify finding and specifying materials that meet the 2030 Challenge for Products.

GreenWizard, a technology leader and market influencer with over $10 billion in project purchasing power, is integrating the Products Challenge into their cloud-based project management platform, making the carbon footprint results of Environmental Product Declarations and Life Cycle Assessments freely searchable and accessible online.

Concrete, which is the leading contributor of greenhouse gases among building products will soon become the first material incorporated into the GreenWizard tool. Expect additional updates as this feature continues to grow.


Lucid: The Future of Tracking Performance Has Arrived

Though an unprecedented voluntary effort to make energy, water, and transportation data for commercial buildings available to the public, the Seattle 2030 District, in partnership with Lucid Design Group, is now openly tracking its progress towards meeting the 2030 Challenge for Planning online.

Lucid is the pioneer of real-time feedback technology for buildings. Their Building Dashboard® platform – touted as “the first social network for buildings” – is used by the world’s leading companies, organizations and institutions to better understand their energy and water use and, through sharing and collaboration (and a little friendly competition), spur creative solutions for curbing consumption.

The Seattle 2030 District Dashboard, monitors the entire Seattle 2030 District as well as individual buildings. The tool is furthered enhanced by VehicleRunner, a transportation footprint solution developed by the Seattle-based software firm, Frontrunner, to gauge vehicle emissions from occupant commuters.


Honest Buildings: Plugging into the Real Estate Mainframe

Comprehensive data for over 1,000 buildings within the Seattle 2030 District, including 83 member properties, representing 20 million square feet of commercial space, are now featured on the rapidly growing real estate network, Honest Buildings.

This comes as Honest Buildings announced that it was releasing detailed profiles on 32,000 commercial and mixed-use buildings in the Emerald City. Since launching just three months ago, the startup sensation has amassed and released information on 450,000 U.S. properties, including images, typology, ownership, management, square footage, LEED certifications, ENERGYSTAR ratings, and more.

“This partnership provides a powerful catalyst towards our efforts,” said Brian Geller, Executive Director of the Seattle 2030 District. “Honest Buildings is an ideal platform for our professional stakeholders to showcase their work and illustrate how they are helping District members to meet our ambitious energy, water, and transportation emissions reduction goals.

Explore the Seattle 2030 District at honestbuildings.com.


AIA+2030: Connecting With the Nation’s Zero-Carbon Experts

In just a few years, the AIA+2030 Professional Education Series has reached over 1,000 architects and engineers in 22 cities across the U.S. – providing real-world training and expertise on meeting the 2030 Challenge. This is just the beginning; AIA+2030 is in high demand.

Now, Architecture 2030 has embarked on a campaign with the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE) to expand the Series directory of preeminent experts in carbon-neutral and zero-net-energy design.

To add your name to the list of potential AIA+2030 educators, click here.

What are the 2030 Districts?

2030 Districts are unique private/public partnerships in designated urban areas across North America committed to reducing energy use, water use, and transport emissions

Overseen by Architecture 2030, 2030 Districts are in the vanguard of grassroots collaborative efforts to renovate hundreds of millions of square feet of existing buildings and construct high-performance infill development and redevelopment.

2030 Districts bring 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.

Together they benchmark, develop, and implement creative strategies, best practices, and verification methods for measuring progress towards a common goal: the targets called for by Architecture 2030 in their 2030 Challenge for Planning.