2030 Districts: Community Collaboration Toward Measurable, Yet Inspirational Goals with Measured Performance

If you’re a Pittsburgher and/or GBA stakeholder, you’re already familiar with the 2030 District model, as well as what efforts we’ve been making through the Pittsburgh 2030 District locally.

At their most basic, 2030 Districts connect property, community, professional, and resource partners in defined geographic areas (mostly downtowns, but not exclusively) to inspire measurable change as they work collaboratively to get every new and existing building in the boundary to commit to the aggressive reduction goals of The 2030 Challenge.

What you may not be as familiar with is all the 2030 measures, especially the baselines against which every building (and the District’s) progress is compared as they work towards the 2030 Challenge  goals of 50% reductions in energy consumption, water use, and transportation emissions.

To learn more, read this detailed description I wrote for GBIG Insight how 2030 Districts across the country are working towards setting their baselines for energy, water, and transportation emissions.  Pittsburgh and Seattle are also piloting an indoor air quality target and stormwater calculator, respectively. It’s one thing to commit to the goals of The 2030 Challenge Goals – and quite another to achieve them. With 229 million square feet currently committed through 2030 Districts nationwide, the potential impact of the 2030 District model on building, district, city, and global scale efficiency is huge.

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