The Seattle 2030 District is an interdisciplinary public-private collaborative working to create a groundbreaking high-performance building district in the downtown Seattle area. Using the Architecture 2030 Challenge performance goals, the district seeks to develop realistic and innovative strategies to assist members in reducing energy and water in their buildings, and greenhouse gas emissions from transportation associated with their buildings. Through collaboration among diverse stakeholders, leverage of existing and development of new incentives and financing mechanisms, and development and communication of shared resources, the 2030 District seeks to prove the business case for sustainability.
Over the last year, the District has received a groundswell of support and recognition from local property owners, managers, tenants and organizations. Key milestones;
- DPD received an EPA Climate Showcase Communities grant to activate the district. The grant includes tasks for creating the organizational framework; developing metrics, tools and solutions; implementation; and assessment/replicabiilty.
- The Seattle 2030 District has been invited to represent Seattle with just two other cities, Atlanta and Los Angeles, as one of three initial allies in the White House’ and DOE’s new Better Building Challenge initiative.
- The District has hired an Executive Director and established a Board of Directors. Non-profit status for the organization is pending.
There was an formal launch of the 2030 District on September 5, 2011
As part of the suite of tools envisioned in the EPA grant, DPD is soliciting stakeholder feedback on Streamlined Permitting for projects within the 2030 District. The key activity is to provide enhanced and integrated city services. This effort looks beyond DPD permitting and seeks to better coordinate permitting services on a citywide basis. DPD is assembling a “City Team” to evaluate coordination concepts and ideas with the goal of giving applicants a comprehensive list of permitting requirements and fees. The team will also better define financial incentives available to projects.
DPD needs your help in shaping the vision for streamlined permitting. Please attend an upcoming brown bag lunch, Seattle 2030 District- Vision for Streamlined Permitting Services, at Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, on October 5, noon to 1:30 p.m. in room 1610.
For more information on the Seattle 2030 District, please visit www.2030district.org/seattle/?q=about.
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