A 2010 EcoDistrict Summit co-hosted by the DowntownDC BID and the Urban Land Institute was the inspiration for the DowntownDC ecoDistrict.
More than 50 property owners and developers, federal and local officials, financial experts, planners, architects, and lenders came together to initiate ambitious, yet realistic sustainability programs. What emerged was a vision and a realization. A vision for a sustainable future fueled by efficiencies brought on by cooperation, and a realization that constructing new high-performing buildings and effectively retrofitting existing buildings will call for creative and innovative financing methods. This paper is a roadmap, the preliminary guide to what the DowntownDC ecoDistrict will be and how it will work.