Mission: To accelerate district-scale sustainable development in partnership with urban development leaders. The organization is a fast-paced and entrepreneurial non-profit working towards a big idea to create a global movement and marketplace for revitalizing every city from the neighborhood up.
Programs: Collaboration: collaboration defines ecodistricts line of consulting and philanthropically supported technical assistance services, designed to support urban development leaders actively shaping or re-shaping urban neighborhoods and districts, whether from the public, private or civic led sectors. The objectives of the collaboration line are to a) build a portfolio of exemplar projects, b) advance use of protocol, building customer leads and introducing them to the protocol and certification and c) curate a growing peer-to-peer network of projects, professionals and advocates to build the ecodistricts marketplace and develop business opportunities for ecodistricts members.
convenings: ecodistricts convenings provide opportunities to gather leaders and create a pipeline of projects to advance our products and services. Among the objectives served, convenings a) build leadership by bringing decision makers and innovators together from diverse industries and geographies, b) advance business development, providing a mechanism to build customer and funder relationships and convert them into our lines of business, c) fill a critical niche in professional development with integrated, rigorous training, and d) build a network by demonstrating the benefits of collaboration.
certification: ecodistricts certified was launched in 2016 and is a first-of-its-kind, process-based recognition system that empowers practitioners at all stages of neighborhood and district-scale project planning, design and implementation to achieve scalable outcomes in equity, resilience, and climate protection. Our certification business model offers the opportunity for a wide range of project types to pursue project registration and certification from large-scale brownfield sites to smaller neighborhood revitalizations, with an emphasis on a) building project support and aligning interests, b) shaping governance, c) analyzing project opportunities, d) guilding district-scale investments, e) measuring success, and f) rewarding leadership. The ecodistricts protocol guides this process.
EcoDistricts (formerly Portland-Oregon Sustainability Institute), is creating transformative positive impact in Portland neighborhoods. I'm a resident in the Lents neighborhood, and I'm impressed by the efforts, partnerships, and changes that EcoDistricts is leading.
--Kristian Hochreiter, MBA
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