EcoDistricts Incubator

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

May 9-11, 2018 • Portland, OR


The EcoDistrictsTM Incubator is a three-day intensive designed to empower cross-sector teams to accelerate sustainable district-scale projects forward. Held in Portland, Oregon, world-class faculty and facilitators guide District Teams through a powerful mix of presentations, facilitator-led work sessions, and urban lab mobile tours to support mastery of the EcoDistricts Protocol. 

2018 will mark the 7th consecutive year for theEcoDistricts Incubator. To date, over 250 practitioners representing 50 districts across 38 cities in 20 states and 5 countries have participated, returning to their communities prepared to address some of the most critical challenges facing their communities.

We know your team is already hard at work developing projects to promote just, resilient, and sustainable neighborhoods. The Incubator brings your practice to the next level, deepening your team's knowledge, challenging your assumptions, and sparking new approaches to community-driven transformation.




The Incubator Experience

The Incubator model is simple: bring together key project stakeholders in an intense, charrette-style learning environment to co-create a customized EcoDistricts Roadmap for their projects. Only 10 project teams are accepted into the Incubator program annually to provide 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 —