EcoDistricts Summit to Showcase D.C. Sustainability Sept. 24-26

Friday, September 5, 2014

By Rachel Rose Hartman

Take a bike tour, meet EcoDistrict innovators, learn how Washington, D.C. is a case study for sustainability and get an insider’s look at the world's most livable cities at this year's sixth annual EcoDistricts Summit Sept. 24-26 held in Downtown D.C.

Leaders from over 100 cities around the world will converge with developers, designers, engineers, policy makers entrepreneurs and more at the Marriott Marquis Convention Center Headquarters Hotel to learn more about creating sustainable cities. 

As part of the event's informational activities, the DowntownDC BID in coordination with the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will lead an 8 mile bike tour of the sustainable infrastructure within the DowntownDC ecoDistrict.

As part of its welcome packet, all summit participants this year will receive a guided walking tour of the DowntownDC ecoDistrict, which will be made available to the public following the event.

Information sessions during the summit will include the unveiling of the updated Greenprint ULI's Metro Washington, D.C. Office Building Performance Report which was created with the help of DowntownDC BID members to provide the first globally comparative data about this market.

Among a host of experts who have been chosen to lead sessions and working groups throughout the three-day event, such as Charles Montgomery, author of Happy City, guests will have an opportunity to hear from DowntownDC BID Executive Director Richard Bradley, Infrastructure and Sustainability Director Ellen Jones.

On Sept. 26, BID Sustainability Manager Scott Pomeroy will facilitate the "Smart Cities, Thriving Communities" studio focusing on how smart technologies can enhance the DowntownDC ecoDistrict.

The DowntownDC BID in 2011 designated its 138-block area as the DowntownDC ecoDistrict as part of an effort to enhance living, workout and visiting Downtown and offer a boost to business and property owners. Today, the DowntownDC ecoDistrict is home to a comprehensive public recycling program, a record number of award-winning LEED and Energy Star-certified buildings, a national park revitalization, a record-breaking bike share system and more.

EcoDistricts in June chose the DowntownDC ecoDistrict as one of three D.C. projects to participate in its national "Target Cities" program, a two-year partnership designed to accelerate sustainability efforts.

Registration for this annual event has grown exponentially from years past, but space is still available. One day, three-day and sector-specific rates and specials are available online here. The DowntownDC BID is a proud host sponsor of the event.

For more information on the summit, please visit http://ecodistrictssummit.org/summit-2014.