18 major North American cities will now be united on one platform to track their progress towards shared goals of reducing energy use, water consumption, and transportation-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50% by 2030.
The new partnership with 2030 Districts Network, Urban Land Institute’s Greenprint Center, and Measurabl provides a unified platform for benchmarking and tracking the sustainability performance of all 18 2030 Districts, which include cities like Los Angeles, Toronto, Seattle, and Pittsburgh.
The 2030 Districts Network is a group of private-public partnerships in designated urban areas that unite the community around a shared vision for sustainability and economic growth. Through the 50% reduction targets, 2030 Districts hope to significantly mitigate the effects of climate change on their urban centers and the world at large.
“Cities can’t do it alone… [we need] more businesses and residents to join our efforts to clean up our urban environment and leave a better future for the next generation.” – San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer
“Through our new partnership, we’re hoping to make a meaningful impact on global carbon emissions, as cities are responsible for the large majority of greenhouse gas emissions,” said Dave Low, Network Liaison for 2030 Districts Network. “ULI Greenprint and Measurabl will help us get to our targets faster using a best of breed data management platform that then allows us to benchmark and report sustainability performance consistently across all districts.”
This new partnership enables all districts to access Measurabl’s sustainability management software; ULI Greenprint will then coordinate and support their ambitious goals. Municipalities are increasingly deploying ESG (environmental, social, governance) factors and regulations in their operations as diverse stakeholders – including citizens, businesses, and the energy sector – seek to track and reduce environmental impacts.
“The opportunity to work with all 18 2030 Districts, as well as the emerging districts, is an incredible opportunity to help accelerate sustainable practices in cities,” said Billy Grayson, Executive Director of the ULI Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance.
As cities account for more than two-thirds of the world’s energy use and 70% of greenhouse gas emissions, urban areas are vital to the movement for more sustainable living. Emerging Districts like San Diego 2030 are joining this movement to mitigate climate change through the world’s cities.
“Innovative cities like San Diego are leading the way on climate action with ambitious goals to slash greenhouse gas emissions and move to 100 percent renewable energy,” said San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer. “Cities can’t do it alone and that’s why this network is so important as we encourage more businesses and residents to join our efforts to clean up our urban environment and leave a better future for the next generation.”
Real estate groups and local governments are not the only entities contributing; private corporations and other occupiers of the built environment are a large part of this effort.
“The 2030 Districts Network is an innovative partner working to mitigate the effects of climate change, the issue of our generation,” said Matt Ellis, CEO and Founder of Measurabl. “We’re thrilled to be selected as the data management software to make sustainability data accessible to all.”
More than 385M square feet across the 2030 Districts Network have officially committed to reducing environmental impact through the 2030 goals. As more cities join the effort to reduce emissions by the fast-approaching deadline, organizations across industries are joining to help this effort.