EcoDistricts, portland, Oregon

EcoDistricts in Portland, Oregon is focused on sustainable development on a neighborhood scale: people, infrastructure and buildings. This initiative is run by the Portland Sustainability Institute (PoSI), an independent and innovative nonprofit organization, and their goals are to reduce greenhouse gas emission and air pollution, clean and safe water, preserve and restore land, have healthy communities and ecosystems, and create green jobs.  The PoSI strategies are as follow:

  • Apply aggressive energy and resource reduction strategies to the design and engineering of buildings and infrastructure;
  • Test new zoning regulations and green building codes;
  • Expand transportation options and aggressive demand management strategies;
  • Create new financing tools including energy efficiency utility districts to fund energy efficient building retrofits;
  • Prioritize commercial, retail, and housing options that emphasis high density family and workforce housing;
  • Broaden civic participation and participatory decision making;
  • Measure and monitor baseline environmental, economic, and social impacts including metrics such as LEED ND and the Livable Places Index.

Examples of EcoDistricts projects that can be applied to the city of Barcelona are in bold:

  • Smart grid
  • District energy and water management
  • Bike sharing
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Green streets
  • Zero waste programs
  • District composting
  • Waste to energy
  • Safe routes to schools
  • Tree planting campaigns
  • Transportation demand management
  • Car sharing
  • Bike lanes
  • Sidewalk improvements
  • Urban agriculture
  • Public art
  • Green maps
  • Multi-modal transit

EcoDistricts, Portland, Oregon- Yuliya’s pdf

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