Stamford 2030 to be represented on the new 2030 Districts Network Board of Governors

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Stamford 2030 to be represented on new 2030 Districts Network Board of Governors

After five years of support and oversight from  Architecture 2030, in January 2017 the 2030 Districts across North America established their own non-profit earlier. The private-sector led 2030 Districts have been established in cities across North America as grassroots efforts to provide a business model for urban sustainability through collaboration, leveraged financing, and shared resources. The 2030 Districts work towards a common goal of meeting the energy, water, and vehicle emissions reduction targets for existing buildings and new construction called for by Architecture 2030 in its 2030 Challenge for Planning.

The 2030 Districts Network includes more than 358 million square feet of member-owned real estate, over 1,300 buildings, and over 675 different member organizations.

While the Districts are managed by their local boards, the 2030 Districts Network was established to support peer exchange across Districts, store and share data, use the aggregate purchasing power of the District membership to secure reduced costs, create national partnership relationships, and influence national policy on transportation infrastructure and building water and energy efficiency. 

Previously, Architecture 2030 had run the Network, making sure all 2030 Districts benefit from partnerships, support, and services, including technical support, fundraising guidance, access to national partners, summits, webinars and capacity building workshops.

But with the 2030 Districts’ successful growth – in addition to now eighteen Established Districts, there are additional cities that have reached the Emerging District stage of development – the logical step was for the Network to become its own non-profit organization.

The 2030 Districts Network currently has 16 members on the Board of Governors:

The Network Board of Governors

Brett Phillips Unico Properties Board Chair
Jiri Skopek JLL Board Vice Chair
Tim Thiel Covestro, LLC Treasurer
Anna Siefken Carnegie Mellon University Secretary
Cindy Cicigoi Cleveland 2030 District At Large Exec Committee Member
Emily Gordon Stamford 2030 District Dave Pogue CBRE
Tyler Harris GSA Jon Utech Cleveland Clinic
Jason Kobeda MLB Jenita Warner NE Ohio Regional Sewer District
Vincent Martinez Architecture 2030 Susan Wickwire Seattle 2030 District
Sara Neff Kilroy Jill Zeigler Forest City
Andrea Pinabell Southface    


Under this leadership, the Network looks to build upon the success and expand its reach to more cities in North America and beyond.

“As a national real estate owner and developer, Forest City sees the 2030 Network as a great asset in helping us achieve our sustainability goals, aligning those objectives with municipal plans, and effectively communicating our efforts to stakeholders,” said Jill Ziegler, Forest City Realty Trust’s Director of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, and a new 2030 Network board member. “We look forward to working with like-minded organizations within the 2030 Network to share best practices and further sustainability efforts on a broader scale at all levels.”

The majority of 2030 Districts are located in downtown commercial cores and city centers, which typically have the highest and most concentrated energy and environmental impact. There, the reduction of energy and water consumption, transportation emissions, and improved indoor air quality provides the additional benefit of increased competitiveness in the business environment and owner's returns on investment. Several of the Districts that are vulnerable to environmental threats such as flooding also focus on community and economic resilience. 

The Districts have an impact on raising awareness of climate change and mobilizing community action.  Several Districts have published annual reports documenting their successes and have been able to create meaningful and quantifiable strides to meeting their goals.  Pittsburgh realized a 6.3% drop in energy consumption in its District through the end of 2014.  The Seattle District has seen a 10% reduction in energy consumption through 2015 and the Stamford District saw a 6.2% reduction in energy consumption through 2015.