A strategic initiative of Green Building Alliance, the Erie 2030 District is an interdisciplinary private-public-nonprofit collaborative working to create a groundbreaking high performance building district. Buildings which have committed to the District strive to meet 50% reductions in energy use, water use, and transportation emissions from baselines. New construction and major renovation projects commit to the same water and transportation goals, while driving towards carbon neutrality.
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).
WATCH: Ellen Conrad, 2030 District Outreach Specialist, talk about the quality of our commercial and residential buildings and how it is essential for reducing carbon emissions. Ellen details how these improvements will have major implications for our health, wallets, and future at the Jefferson Education Society.
2020 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 2030 District. By the Fall of 2019, the District acquired enough Property Partners to officially become the 22nd Established 2030 District in the world. As of August 2021, Erie has 17 Property Partners spanning public and private organizations that make up over 120 buildings and over 4.9 million square feet.
Read The 2020 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 performance is aggregated to assess overall 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.
The Erie 2030 District’s success stems from its close-knit and dedicated 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. These sessions are framed through a regional lens in which Partners share best practices and challenges with other local public and private organizations. Partners gain direct access to policymakers, regional thought leaders, university researchers, and financial organizations.
Thank you to our sponsors and funders!