Erie 2030 District

A strategic initiative of Green Building Alliance, the Erie 2030 District is an interdisciplinary private-public collaborative working to create a groundbreaking high-performance business district. With the Architecture 2030 Challenge providing property performance targets of 50% reductions in energy use, water use, and transportation emissions by the year 2030, the District seeks to prove that high performance buildings are the most profitable buildings in Erie.  The District represents not only a strategic undertaking to keep Erie competitive and innovative through 2030, but also represents a major investment in Erie’s future and reflects the collaborative nature of the region.

Thanks to the commitment of its founding Property Partners, sponsors, and resource and community partners – along with support from City and County Government – the Erie 2030 District reached the status of Established 2030 District in October 2019 (prior to this, it was designated as an Emerging District).

2019 Erie Progress Report

In 2017, Green Building Alliance began working with the City of Erie, Erie County, and a group of regional building owners to develop the Erie Emerging 2030 District. By the Fall of 2019, the District acquired enough Property Partners to officially become the 24th Established 2030 District in the world. Currently, Erie has 14 Property Partners spanning public and private organizations that make up 92 buildings and 3.9 million square feet.

Read The First Erie 2030 Progress Report Here!

To measure progress toward 2030 Challenge goals, the Erie 2030 District relies on comprehensive data collection and analysis. Individual property’s performance metrics are aggregated to find District reductions in energy, water, and transportation emissions. For this year, the District has aggregated and is reporting on energy data, with local water and transportation baselines to be created in the future.

Each building’s performance is determined by pairing contextual factors with metric-specific data. While property-level performance is held in confidence, the aggregate data set has the potential to drive policy and planning in Northwest Pennsylvania.

The Erie 2030 District’s success stems from its close-knit network of partners and sponsors. Partners are invited to bimonthly meetings that feature presentations from technical experts, service providers, and building owners which showcase successful projects. Partners gain direct access to policymakers, regional thought leaders, university researchers, and financial organizations.

Special Thanks to Guy McUmber

This report – and the progress of the Erie 2030 District thus far – was made possible by the hard work and dedication of Guy McUmber. Guy served as a volunteer with Green Building Alliance from 2007 to 2014, helping to encourage green building throughout the region and guide sustainability within K-12 schools.

When he retired from his long-time post at the Department of Environmental Protection, he accepted the position as GBA’s Northwest PA Director. In this role, Guy provided incredibly useful technical assistance to energy-saving projects around Erie, secured critical funding to support the program, and is responsible for the launch of the Erie 2030 District, which is sure to have lasting environmental, economic, and social impacts throughout the region.

As Guy retires – again! – and plans to spend more time serving his community and spoiling his grandchildren – we would like to express our heartfelt thanks for his work, his passion, and his friendship.

Guy: Good luck and happy retirement (again)!!

Read The First Erie 2030 Progress Report Here!

Thank you to our sponsors and funders!