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The Incubator attracts teams from around the world that are committed to achieving rigorous performance outcomes across equity, resilience, and climate protection. In alignment with the principles of the EcoDistricts Protocol, we encourage applications that include a diverse, cross-sector team, represented by municipal leaders, utility providers, urban designers and planners, community developers and civic leaders, and community engagement practitioners — each bringing unique experience and skills that deepen the collective knowledge of the group.

Since 2012, the EcoDistricts Incubator has supported 42 teams across 36 cities and 4 countries to achieve meaningful outcomes. Browse our project case studies to get an inside glimpse at the progress Incubator alumni have had following this intensive experience. 

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2017 Teams

2017 Incubator Teams

Homewood Ecodistrict

Homewood Ecodistrict Initiative

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, USA

Homewood Children’s Village (HCV) and Operation Better Block (OBB), in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office and local private foundations, seek to advance a comprehensive, place-based social and economic revitalization agenda for Homewood using the EcoDistricts model. The initiative’s emphasis will be on promoting equity and inclusion as integral principles in the development of the area while creating a clean, healthy environment, green collar jobs, local food production, and stronger schools.

 

Homewood Children's Village

Homewood EcoDistrict Education Initiative

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, USA

In addition to Homewood’s overarching Ecodistrict initiative, the Homewood Children’s Village aims to focus efforts on the educational aspects of developing an East End EcoDistrict as part of its Full Service Community Schools (FSCS) programming. Fostering an understanding of environmental concepts, job opportunities, and advocacy strategies in this manner will help stabilize families, create intergenerational conversations, and prepare Homewood residents for the environmental and economic risks and potential on the horizon.

Portland IQ

Portland Innovation Quadrant

PORTLAND, OREGON, USA

The Portland Innovation Quadrant (IQ) is a physical district in Portland’s central city anchored by four educational institutions: Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU), the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), Portland State University (PSU) and Portland Community College (PCC). OHSU, PSU, OMSI and PCC are working in partnership with key public and private sector actors to propel regional economic development by cultivating people, research, community, companies and ideas; capitalize on the collective resources of the IQ to actively promote a vibrant and recognized center of innovation.

Braamfontein West

Braamfontein West

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

Braamfontein West is a vibrant mix of small businesses, student and residential housing, commercial office buildings, educational institutions and the Tshimologong Precinct, the tech hub of the Wits University. In addition to working with EcoDistricts, Braamfontein West is using the Green Star - Communities tool to drive an advanced form of sustainable growth and planning for its proposed commercial, residential and institutional schemes. Braamfontein West holds the potential to be a landmark regeneration development and the first of its kind that is employing a systematic Green Communities framework.

Metro Centre Precinct

Metro Centre Precinct

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

The City of Johannesburg’s 40-year-old Metro Centre houses the City’s council chamber, with other City departments scattered in buildings throughout the surrounding community. The Centre is being redesigned as a complete precinct that aims to stitch together the urban environment, creating new pedestrian links between the neighborhood Hillbrow and Braamfontein communities, improving the quality of public open and green spaces, and increasing a mix of uses with a focus on transit-oriented design and public transport.

Cape Town

Old Mutual Mupine Development

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

Nearly 400,000 families are inadequately housed in South Africa. Mupine is a planned affordable housing development in Cape Town that aims to develop holistic, mixed used affordable housing where residents can live, work and play. Mupine is a site that is currently used as a golf course, owned by Old Mutual Investment Group. It is being repurposed as a mixed-use affordable housing development that integrates public transportation and social, economic and environmental sustainability principles.

2016 Teams

2016 Incubator Teams

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Atlanta

AUC Vine City & English Ave

ATLANTA, GEORGIA, USA

The AUC/Vine City English Avenue Ecodistrict is a collaboration of three unique neighborhoods: the Atlanta University Center (AUC), and English Avenue and Vine City, two adjacent, predominately African-American neighborhoods. The Ecodistrict’s goal is to give residents the opportunity to develop a sustainable community that will improve the quality of life for all residents who live, work, and play in the community. Several millions of dollars of funding are helping to revitalize the Ecodistrict through enhancements to transit infrastructure, Proctor Creek, workforce development, retail shopping, hotels, convention amenities, and affordable housing. 

New Zealand

Wairaka Precinct

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

The city of Auckland is under significant housing pressure due to increases in immigration and economic prosperity. The Wairaka Precinct aims to be an example of excellent urban planning for a city that is preparing for major change. The Wairaka Precinct will be an integrated urban village development in a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand. It is the largest brownfields redevelopment site on the Auckland Isthmus. The project will feature mixed-use areas of commercial and business activity, new educational facilities, student accommodations, diverse types of high-density housing, and public green space. The success of the project will set the benchmark for future developments across other parts of the city.

Cincinnati

Northside Cincinnati

CINCINNATI, OHIO, USA

Northside is an urban historic, middle class neighborhood of approximately 8,000 people. Northside is a progressive, welcoming neighborhood, home to legacy residents, creatives, students, professionals, families, a vibrant LGBTQ community, and many mom and pop businesses. Community leaders are working to develop a community development plan to ensure that anticipated development in Northside will be more cohesive, more resilient to future changes, and more equitable. 

Los Angeles

Crenshaw Corridor

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA

The Crenshaw Corridor is a predominately African American and Latino neighborhood in southwest Los Angeles, well known as the center of African American commerce in the city. West Angeles CDC is working with community members and City officials to increase social and economic justice, and alleviate area poverty through the redevelopment of several areas along the corridor. Project goals include the creation of green spaces and city-led tree planting; the development of two mixed-use facilities with drought resistant landscaping, water reclamation, and solar paneling; and a new affordable senior housing project that will alleviate the strain of rising rents in the area.

Millvale

Millvale EcoDistrict

MILLVALE, PENNSYLVANIA, USA

The borough of Millvale is a low- to middle-income formerly industrial neighborhood across the river from Pittsburgh. Millvale has seen more than a decade of resident-led, grassroots efforts to create on-the-ground change, including the development of the area’s first sustainable library, the creation of a riverfront park and connecting trails, and implementation of green infrastructure. From 2012 to 2013, community leaders engaged stakeholders to develop a Millvale EcoDistrict Plan, which addresses the area’s energy, flood, and food desert challenges, as well as air, mobility, and equity priorities. 

Portland - Broadway Corridor

Broadway Corridor

PORTLAND, OREGON, USA

The Broadway Corridor in Northwest Portland is a 24-acre area comprising numerous parcels, including Portland’s Union Station and a U.S. Postal Service site. The corridor offers a once-in-a-generation chance to transform a downtown development and the Union Station transportation hub in a uniquely Portland way that honors history, cultivates culture, builds density and diversity, and reimagines how Portlanders live, work, move through, and enjoy the city. The redeveloped Broadway Corridor will accomplish city-wide benefit, including connecting the Green Loop between Broadway Bridge and the North Park Blocks; extending the North Park Blocks with a connection to Union Station; and completing NW Johnson Street as a continuous pedestrian and bicycle link. Additional jobs and residences will catalyze new development, and transit services will become more comprehensive.

 

Portland - Lincoln High

Lincoln High School

PORTLAND, OREGON, USA

In 2012, Portland passed a School Building Improvement Bond that included the redevelopment of Lincoln High School (LHS), Portland’s oldest high school. The current LHS building was constructed in 1952, and most of the immediate area surrounding the high school is currently underdeveloped. The site is located across the 405 Interstate from downtown Portland, within walking distance of Portland State University and on major light rail, freeway, and bus routes. The redeveloped LHS campus will be the center of an active, healthy, urban community and will support educationally-related public and private partnerships. The project will promote schools as a catalyst for neighborhood, city, state, and regional advancement.

 

Portland - Right 2 Root

Right 2 Root

PORTLAND, OREGON, USA

Led by Radix Consulting, Right 2 Root is an inclusive, community-funded and led neighborhood development campaign. Right 2 Root is designed to create a people- and place-based community stabilization program for Portland’s African American/Black residents using the EcoDistricts approach as a means to reduce disparities, increase opportunities, and generate prosperity. The campaign will provide the tools necessary for people to become community builders, planners, leaders, and decision makers. Right 2 Root is bringing together community members, architects and planners, and city and county officials to work collaboratively on a Master Plan that addresses the needs of Portland’s Black communities.

 

Santa Monica

Santa Monica City Yards

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA, USA

The Santa Monica City Yards is a 14.7-acre site, located over a former landfill, which serves the majority of the City's Public Works operations. The site is surrounded by diverse community assets, including Bergamot Arts Center, a new Metro Light Rail Station, Stewart Park, a neighborhood assistance program, and a mobile home housing development. The redevelopment of the site is long overdue to modernize and accommodate the City's evolving public works department. Mixed commercial and residential uses are planned for the site. Opportunities exist to implement innovative, resource sharing concepts that go beyond site boundaries due to the City's commitment to engage the surrounding community for sustainable achievements.

Seattle

CHINATOWN INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, USA

The Chinatown International District is one of Seattle’s most diverse neighborhoods and serves as the historic hub for the region’s Asian Pacific Islander community. Thirty-four percent of residents live at or below the poverty level, many of whom are low-income seniors requiring specialized services. Availability of affordable housing is limited, and recent development pressures have threatened to displace the residents of the community.  The CID project team is exploring new models for creating sustainable, healthy, and affordable residential and commercial development in historic neighborhoods that have a low-income, immigrant population. These models will prevent the displacement and gentrification of businesses and residents in a sustainable framework. This will also help the CID develop in a unique way that allows it to keep its cultural integrity. 

 

2015 Teams

2015 Incubator Teams

11 TEAMS, 11 CITIES

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Atlanta

Neighborhood Planning Unit Y & Polar Rock

ATLANTA, GEORGIA, USA

NPU-Y is a collection of 11 under-served neighborhoods, close to Downtown, with a large, mature tree canopy, well-connected streets, long-term residents of varying socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, bus service, and undeveloped natural green-spaces, including a 78-acre park. However, the area also has a large number of vacant and abandoned houses and commercial storefronts, no grocery stores or banking institutions, and high under-employment.

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Austin

 Central Health Brackenridge Campus

AUSTIN, TEXAS, USA

Central Health Brackenridge is a 14.3-acre medical campus contiguous to a medical school, teaching hospital, the Waller Creek Park system and the Central East area of downtown Austin, and a residential, ethnically-mixed neighborhood. Central East Austin is experiencing rapid growth and pressure from gentrification as the northeast downtown area is pursuing high-density development projects and planning for an innovation zone.

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Birmingham

 Entrepreneurial District

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA, USA

Once called “The Pittsburgh of the South,” Birmingham’s economy was based on iron and steel production. The collapse of these industries in the 1970s and 1980s resulted in disinvestment and decline in the commercial districts and neighborhoods that had grown around these employment and activities centers, including the city’s original Railroad Reservation, located in the center of Birmingham’s street grid. 

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Burbank

Burbank High Speed Rail Station Area EcoDistrict

BURBANK, CALIFORNIA, USA

Burbank, though a city of over 105,000 residents and approximately 100,000 jobs locally, still has a small town, local feel. Employment is concentrated in the entertainment and technology industries, with over 1,000 related companies. The predominant land use in the EcoDistrict study area is industrial and commercial with a pocket of established residential neighborhoods in the southern end of the district with a diverse population of about 3,600 people.

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Fort Collins

Mason UniverCity District

FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, USA

The City of Fort Collins recently adopted a Climate Action Plan with highly aggressive goals, including an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030. To help accelerate community goals, stakeholders are creating an EcoDistrict master plan for the Mason UniverCity District. The district, led by the Institute for the Build Environment (IBE), is a 1165-acrea area ecompassing the downtown Fort Collins District, the Colorado State University main campus, public open lands and Poudre River conservation buffers, neighborhood conservation zones, residential zones, and commercial districts.

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Grand Forks

Warehouse Ecodistrict & Grand Corridor Project

GRAND FORKS, NORTH DAKOTA, USA

The Grand Forks EcoDistrict area encompasses two projects, the Grand Corridor Project, a 4-mile bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor, as well as the Warehouse EcoDistrict, which sits within the corridor. The Warehouse EcoDistrict is a 5-acre area adjacent to Downtown that contains dilapidated warehouses, housing, and underutilized land that is primed for redevelopment. The Warehouse EcoDistrict is the first phase of the Grand Corridor project, a broader initiative to connect people, jobs, and activity through a development corridor that includes housing, recreation, transit, and mixed-use development.

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Rochester

High Falls EcoDistrict

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, USA

The 258-acre High Falls Ecodistrict is comprised of several poorly organized districts in the heart of downtown Rochester that share no true relationship with each other. Each has its own characteristics and demographic makeup. The boundary of the Ecodistricts includes, among other sites, the new Monroe Community College campus, the Rochester Red Wings stadium, the High Falls District, and neighborhoods adjacent to the Genesee River Gorge.

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San Francisco

Sustainable Chinatown Initiative

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, USA

San Francisco’s Chinatown is a high-needs neighborhood comprising a 30-block area located in northeastern San Francisco. The neighborhoods’ median household income is just 30% of California’s median household income and 26% of San Francisco’s median household income. This, coupled with a high unemployment rate, result in the neighborhood having one of the highest poverty rates in San Francisco. More than 80% of its residents are monolingual and of Asian descent.

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St. Louis

Near North Side St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, USA

With a population of 5,269 residents, the Near North Side (NNS) is a low income, high unemployment area located just north of downtown in St. Louis. The NNS is severely distressed with a poverty rate of 60.37%, a high long-term vacancy rate and violent crime rate, and persistently underachieving schools. While some housing investments have been made, the community still needs a more comprehensive approach to neighborhood and economic development.

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Victoria

Food Eco District

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA,CANADA

Located in the heart of downtown Victoria, the Food Eco District (FED) encompasses a neighborhood recognized for its vibrant small businesses and outstanding local food options. Led by local restauranteurs, FED currently has seven business members in the 4-by-3 block area, and one “satellite member” located nearby in Cook St. Village.

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Washington DC

Rhode Island Metro Improvement District

WASHINGTON, DC, USA

The Rhode Island Metro Improvement District is a small, rapidly changing neighborhood in northeast Washington, DC. The project is being led by H Street Community Development Corporation (HSCDC), a nonprofit organization devoted to expanding affordable housing opportunities, developing commercial centers, strengthening small-business enterprises, and providing job training. The improvement district will help meet the demand for affordable housing in the neighborhood surrounding the Rhode Island Metro WMATA station.

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2014 Teams

2014 Incubator Teams

8 TEAMS, 7 CITIES

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Boise

Boise Central Addition

BOISE, IDAHO, USA

The Central Addition, situated on the edge of the Boise downtown core, comprises a mix of residential, institutional, and commercial development. It is bordered on the south by the Boise River Greenbelt and Julia Davis Park, which include recreational amenities and access to biking and walking pathways. Stemming from an increase in green building activity, programming, and several sustainable development projects, the Boise Central Addition’s vision is to create a vibrant neighborhood where property owners, businesses, residents, and partners collaborate.

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Boulder

Civic Area Development | Sutherland Park | Western Industrial Park

BOULDER, COLORADO, USA

The Civic Area Development is a 27-acre municipal campus in the heart of downtown Boulder. The civic area is both well- served and divided by transit routes: the Boulder Creek bike path is a major east-west connector in the city’s extensive bike system, and along the site’s north border, Canyon Boulevard is a four-lane state route serving east-west vehicle and bus travel.

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Detroit: EcoD

Eco-D

DETROIT, MICHIGAN, USA

The city of Detroit is the 18th largest in the US, but it used to be the 5th. Its population is roughly 40% of its one-time peak of 1.8 million. The city is over 80% African-American, with some Hispanic, White, and Arab-American populations. Eco-D is a collaborative structure and process for supporting the creation of Ecodistricts throughout the city of Detroit. We will serve a variety of different neighborhoods with services to support their development as Ecodistricts.

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Detroit: Perrin Park

Perrin Park

DETROIT, MICHIGAN, USA

According to the 2010 Census, this pilot area has a population density of 2,055 residents per square mile, with a population of 486. 31% of existing housing units are vacant, 47% of residents are unemployed, and 42% live below poverty level. Focusing on economic vitality, environmental regeneration, and equitable participation, the Perrin Park Community team will launch an Ecodistrict in a 30-acre area of Northeast Detroit, in partnership with the Center for Community Production, a production and training lab focused on permaculture, digitical fabrication, experiential learning, and technology.

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Pittsburgh

Uptown Eco-Innovation District

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, USA

Uptown sits at the epicenter of two of the most dynamic real estate markets in Pennsylvania. Downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland are the second and third largest commercial centers, behind only Center City Philadelphia. The area also is home to two large universities, a major medical center, and a professional sports venue. According to data developed by the City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning (PGHSNAP), 82% of Uptown residents commute by using low carbon transportation modes (walking, bus, telecommuting, or carpool).

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Prince George's County

Port Towns

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, MARYLAND, USA

The Port Towns is the most historic, ethnically diverse enclave in Prince George’s County. Covering 2.18 square miles, the area has 13,331 residents with a median household income of $42,570, significantly less than the $73,538 median household income for the County. The Port Towns’ population is 47% Black, 26% White, 4% Asian, and 31% Hispanic of any race. The Port Towns Ecodistrict project has two chief goals: (1) to be a regional leader in recycling, reuse and repurposing of building and organic waste by transforming industrial space and creating a leading edge facility to (2) help incubate and accelerate the development of green and sustainable businesses.

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San Diego

Pacific Beach

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, USA

Pacific Beach has a population of 45,000, with density rising over the years due to increased construction of multi-family housing. The median age is 31 years, with 30% of families living in the same house for 15 years or longer. Residents also include a mix of high income and high expense urban singles, as well as college students. Restaurant and nightlife culture have grown extensively with the community’s popularity as a beach destination within the City of San Diego.

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Vancouver BC

False Creek Flats

VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA

The False Creek Flats area is otherwise known as the industrial core of Vancouver, housing a number of service-, wholesale-, and manufacturing activities dedicated to serving the downtown and its surrounding neighborhoods. Encompassing approximately 190 hectares of land in the center of the city, “the Flats” is inhabited by more than 500 businesses, including non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and public services. The past decade has brought a number of changes to the False Creek Flats.

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2013 Teams

2013 Incubator Teams

8 TEAMS, 8 CITIES

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Bend

Bend Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative

BEND, OREGON, USA

The Bend Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative pilot neighborhood, centered on the Arizona and Colorado Avenue couplet, will create a replicable formula for neighborhoods throughout Bend. The Arizona and Colorado Avenue couplet connects the established downtown and historic residential neighborhoods with the former industrial area. The district's borders are intentionally blurred to bring in various levels of stakeholders, and to facilitate connections to other parts of the city.

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Burlington

 

Railyard Enterprise Project

BURLINGTON, VERMONT, USA

The Railyard Enterprise Project (REP) is one of Burlington's most diverse neighborhoods. Since the city became a Federal Refugee Settlement Community in the late 1990s, the historically disadvantaged area boasts more than 50 languages and ethnic groups that enhance the unique culture of Burlington. The REP also has garnered sufficient political will, financial resources, community feedback, and social capital to move development forward.

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Cambridge

 

Kendall Square

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS, USA

Once a salt marsh on the banks of the Charles River, the Kendall Square neighborhood has become a major commercial, innovation, and transportation hub. A century ago, Kendall Square served as a major industrial area but now hosts academic, science and biotechnology companies. Throughout these transformations, Kendall Square has remained a major transportation center. The Kendall Square T station sees over 28,000 riders per day and the EZ Ride, a public-private commuter connection between Kendall and Boston's North Station, carries about 2,000 riders per day.

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Charleston

 

Charleston, SC

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, USA

The Peninsula of Charleston is the historic center of the city and region. Like all peninsular cities, Charleston's downtown has the challenge of accommodating growth within a constrained geography and within designated historic districts. The 584-acre proposed EcoDistricts pilot area is located in the upper-east side of the Charleston Peninsula and is expected to experience dramatic economic growth that will substantially improve the quality of life for all downtown residents.

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Denver

 

Sun Valley

DENVER, COLORADO, USA

The Sun Valley neighborhood is home to approximately 1,400 low-income residents, a power plant, a dead stretch of the South Platte River, the Sports Authority Field at Mile High Station, and stadium-related surface parking lots. The Sun Valley neighborhood has suffered from isolation, neglect and a lack of investment. Despite these challenges, Sun Valley contains several community amenities that provide a strong urban living infrastructure to build upon, including an elementary school, recreation center, access to hundreds of miles of regional trails, a new library, and a new light rail station.

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Oakland

 

Oakland Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative: International Boulevard Corridor

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA, USA

The City of Oakland is leading a collaborative effort to integrate affordable housing, public transit, and neighborhood revitalization efforts in the International Boulevard Corridor (IBC), a severely economically disadvantaged urban transit corridor. Spanning over seven miles, the IBC project seeks to ensure that residents in Oakland's high poverty, transit-oriented communities receive equitable benefits from expected growth and development in the area.

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Orlando

 

Central Downtown Orlando EcoDistricts

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, USA

The Central Downtown Orlando Ecodistrict is the metro's cultural, commercial, and residential center. Between 2010 and 2020, the 490-acre district will have received nearly $2 billion in public investment, including an NBA arena, a performing arts center, a MLS soccer stadium, bus rapid transit, commuter rail, car-sharing, and bike-sharing. The massive public investments are resulting in increased private redevelopment activity, with nearly $1 billion recently completed or planned.

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San Diego

 

North Park EcoDistrict

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, USA

Sustainable North Park is an initiative that sprouted in 2009 under the umbrella of the North Park Mainstream (MPMS), the state's first Sustainable Main Street program. Today the partnership of North Park Main Street, San Diego Gas and Electric, and the San Diego Green Building Council is working together to create San Diego's first neighborhood-scale program aiming to engage local businesses in 'green' practices, monitor greenhouse gas emissions, and encourage sustainable infrastructure.

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2012 Teams

2012 Incubator Teams

10 TEAMS, 10 CITIES

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Austin

Seaholm District

AUSTIN, TEXAS, USA

The Seaholm District is a 16–acre redevelopment on the southwestern edge of downtown seeking LeeD ND status, led by the city of Austin. At the heart of the site is the historic and iconic Art Deco-style Seaholm power plant building, a decommissioned steam power plant that will undergo adaptive reuse to include major retail stores, restaurants, offices, and a conference center.

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Bellingham

Downtown/Old Town/Waterfront District

BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON, USA

Bellingham’s proposed pilot EcoDistrict is the commercial, retail, governmental, and employment center of the city, which has faced a number of significant challenges in recent years. It includes downtown, Old Town, and a portion of the Waterfront district. Most of the major retailers left the central business district in 1988 to relocate to a 750,000-square foot regional mall, beginning a trend of suburban sprawl away from the city and onto rural land.

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Boston

Boston Innovation District

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, USA

In January 2010, Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced the creation of the Boston Innovation District. The Innovation District comprises 1,000 acres and is located within the South Boston Waterfront neighborhood district. Within this new district, the City is encouraging a mix of human capital by co-locating cutting-edge growth industries; empowering designers and architects to create new modes of housing; and fostering an intentional place where people can be innovative.

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Charlotte

South End District

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA, USA

Located south of uptown Charlotte, the south end area was established in the 1850s along Charlotte’s very first railroad. South End quickly thrived as a manufacturing center until the 1970s when its booming factories and textile mills experienced a sharp decline. South End (or historic south end) is a mixed-use neighborhood featuring a variety of shops, restaurants, and markets within walking distance to residents and employees. Contributing to South End’s renaissance is its designation as a Municipal Service District (MSD). Established in 1999, the MSD manages an incremental property tax, which is reinvested in the district.

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Cleveland

Cleveland EcoVillage

CLEVELAND, OHIO, USA

The Cleveland EcoVillage was founded in 1998 through a collaboration between Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization (DSCDO) and EcoCity Cleveland. With initial funding by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the EcoVillage is a national model for revitalizing a built neighborhood centered around a light rail station. DSCDO has focused on community engagement through education, urban agriculture, and resident-led neighborhood improvement activities. The EcoVillage is home to roughly 6,000 residents in a diverse community that has a 25% Hispanic population and a robust African refugee community.

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Guadalajara

Vallarta Sur

GUADALAJARA, MEXICO

Located west of Guadalajara, Vallarta Sur is a small fragment of the city that resulted from urban expansion in the 1950s. The renewal project for the neighborhood aims to transform the railway right-of-way into a linear park that would help bring community cohesion, overall renewal, and improve the quality of life for the neighborhoods along the railway.

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Mountain View

North Bayshore

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA, USA

Mountain View is in the heart of Silicon Valley, an established major metropolitan region in Santa Clara county. The city’s local economy is based largely on technology companies, many of which started in Mountain View, and benefitted from the concentration of educated workers and proximity to Stanford University.

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Philadelphia

South of South

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, USA

South of South neighborhood is a diverse and vibrant community located within walking distance to the city center. The pilot neighborhood is home to the South of South Neighborhood Association (SOSNA), a strong community organization with proven capacity to successfully plan and implement sustainability projects. SOSNA is supporting Carpenter Square, a mixed-use development located at the intersection of 17th & Carpenter Streets, which is currently an underutilized vacant lot owned by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority.

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San Francisco

Central Corridor

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, USA

The “Central Corridor” area is a 24 square block area south of Market Street, from Mission Street to Townsend, and from 2nd Street to 6th Street that includes the Caltrans Train Station, a freeway, and the Moscone Convention Center. This once-industrial area is now positioned to become a growing center of the city’s and region’s high-tech industry. With the construction of the central subway (scheduled to begin operation in 2018), undeveloped or underdeveloped parcels in the corridor offer significant development opportunity.

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Vancouver BC

Acadia Neighborhood (University of British Columbia)

VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA

Acadia is an ideal location for a pilot Ecodistrict from a timing, scale, mission, and innovation perspective. The area’s anticipated whole-scale renewal and planned change presents a unique opportunity for UBC to advance sustainability across all systems at a neighborhood scale, using the EcoDistricts framework.

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