EcoDistricts Protocol Launches February 2016

Powering EcoDistricts and Accelerating Leadership Across the Urban Regeneration Industry

EcoDistricts is a movement, a passion and an organization (based out of Portland, OR) that helps people and cities create and maintain just, resilient and sustainable cities, from the neighborhood up.

At EcoDistricts, they’re advancing a new model of urban regeneration and community development, rooted in a relentless commitment to authentic collaboration and social, economic and ecological innovation.

Morrisburg waterfront redevelopment - MTBA
Morrisburg waterfront redevelopment – MTBA

Their work is powered by the growing number of inspired urban change makers that are reimagining the future of cities.

 The EcoDistricts Protocol is a first-of-its-kind, holistic standard that propels collaboration, transparency and innovation across district-and-neighborhood-scale urban regeneration projects. The Protocol provides a critical bridge between the rating systems that span the built environment marketplace, and the most challenging issues facing city makers today — inequity, economic disruption and ecological degradation.

The EcoDistricts Protocol has been shaped and informed by an extensive network of advisory committee members, strategic advisors and peer reviewers.

MTBA Associates’ Senior Conservation Architect & Urbanist, Mark Thompson Brandt, who has been certified under initial EcoDistricts training, is also a member of this EcoDistricts Protocol Advisory Team. Brandt has attended the EcoDistricts Summits in Portland and Washington, DC and has been involved in shaping the advancement of this new model of urban regeneration since 2011.

Chaudiere Heritage District - MTBA
Chaudiere Heritage District – MTBA

“It’s exciting – the years of evolution and its now all going public”, says Brandt. “We have built steadily to this standard, called the ‘Protocol’ and now for the first time it will be available publically on a web-based, widespread basis. The EcoDistricts Team, led by Rob Bennett and Adam Beck, has been relentless in this pursuit – and they are not stopping here!  Urban regeneration is so much more complicated with so many more ‘moving parts’ than that of a single building green upgrade….. and the Protocol is so much more than a rating system – it is a ‘reality check’ that works with the complex challenges of urban problems at the district scale and organization obstacles to collaboration, to put a true foundation and a sound implementation strategy in place for urban regeneration.”

The  EcoDistricts Protocol Launches February 2016

To receive an invitation to our upcoming virtual launch party where we’ll formally release the Protocol, complete the simple form to get on the launch part list here :

More about the Protocol

The Protocol Makes Collaboration, Transparency and Innovation Inescapable

Far more than a rating tool, the EcoDistricts Protocol distills five years of research, development and field-testing supported by more than 100 industry experts into a set of simple, but profound commitments:

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3 Imperatives: Equity, Climate Protection, Resilience

The Protocol is grounded in an unwavering commitment to equity, climate protection and resiliency — some of the most complex challenges facing cities that need deep advancement.

6 Priority Areas: Livability, Prosperity, Health+Wellness, Connectivity, Ecosystems Stewardship, Climate + Resource Protection.

4-Phase Implementation Model: Formation, Roadmap, Action, Stewardship

Unlike any standard in the market, the Protocol offers a 4-Phase implementation model that empowers collaboration, transparent information sharing, and innovation across a complex set of stakeholders.

SW Ecodistrict Washington DC -
SW Ecodistrict Washington DC –

EcoDistricts Protocol approach incorporates five market transformations

  1. Put equity and inclusion at the start and at the heart of solution design.
  2. Adopt the most holistic resilience lens to address the mounting climate crisis.
  3. Redefine the way we work so collaboration is inescapable.
  4. Embrace transparency to propel innovation.
  5. Use peer exchange as a catalyst for transformation.

More information on EcoDistricts is available on their website here.

Top image:  Windmill Developments