EcoDistricts were first thought of in 2009 by The Portland Sustainability Institute (PoSI). In an initiative which would assist cities by removing some implementation barriers on creating Portland neighborhood with sustainable living.
South Waterfront put strategies in place that required a comprehensive approach that includes active community participation, assessment, new forms of capital, and public policy support to make an EcoDistrict happen.
"To test the EcoDistricts approach, PoSI partnered with the City of Portland to launch five Portland pilot districts as sustainability innovation zones where the latest in community organizing, business practices, technology, and supportive public policy comes together to drive ambitious sustainability outcomes."
Over a three-year period, district stakeholders have agreed to work with their Portland neighbors and South Waterfront communities to set rigorous goals, develop a road-map and implement projects. In return, PoSI and its public partners are providing technical and financial resources to support their work.
What Has South Waterfront Done?
South Waterfront was identified as an EcoDistrict pilot early in EcoDistrict Development. South Waterfrontis pioneering many sustainable projects in the areas of infrastructure, buildings, and behavior projects including:
The Portland EcoSystem Summit will be held this year Oct 26 - 28, 2011
Presented by GE and The City of Portland, the Ecosystem Summitis dedicated to:
Map of South Waterfront
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