EcoDistricts Incubator

A three-day intensive designed to accelerate sustainable urban regeneration from the neighborhood up

May 9-11, 2018 • Portland, OR

The EcoDistricts Incubator is a dynamic, three-day immersive workshop to support district and neighborhood- scale community development projects that are looking to embrace equity, resilience, and sustainability. Held in Portland, Oregon, we explore the City's cutting-edge district and neighborhood projects in the areas of urban design and placemaking, transit, bicycling, affordable housing, green infrastructure, economic development, clean energy, and social equity.
The Incubator is carefully designed to maximize your time and enjoyment in Portland. We’re pleased to again partner with Ecotrust — a global leader in place based restoration economics — to host the Incubator in their Billy Frank, Jr. Conference Center in the heart of Portland’s Pearl District. Our venues and hotel are adjacent to the Portland Streetcar, making transportation fast and easy. From food to transportation to experiencing the best that Portland has to offer in sustainability, the Incubator has you covered.
We invite you to join us at the 2018 Incubator to deepen your team's knowledge, challenge your assumptions, and spark new approaches to community-driven transformation from neighborhood up.



The Incubator Experience

The Incubator model is simple: bring together key project stakeholders in an intense, charrette-style learning environment to create a customized Roadmap for their projects. The small group of project teams accepted into the Incubator program annually allow for an outstanding, customized experience for all participants.

World-class faculty and facilitators will guide you and your team through a powerful mix of:

•  Presentations and work sessions designed to support mastery of the EcoDistricts Protocol implementation model, the first process-based framework for neighborhood-scale urban regeneration

•  One-on-one technical assistance for each participating team from a carefully matched expert facilitator

•  Mobile tours to explore Portland's unique urban learning lab


Map of Incubator Reach

What Past Participants are Saying:

“The Protocol, the facilitator and the wisdom in the room all helped to provide tools, resources and practices that are truly innovating equitable development.”

— 2016 Participant — 


“I really wanted to move our team of 7 from concept to implementation – that’s what brought our team here. We’re working in areas that are historically significant but have been divided by a freeway, are now economically depressed, and have been forgotten in many ways. We aim to bring these elements together under some ambitious goals and the EcoDistricts Protocol gives us a good framework for laying that out.”

— 2015 Participant —


“What really resonated with me is that we are creating a process where we can actually accomplish projects. We’re getting things done.”

– 2014 Participant —