Making the best use of our resources, improving the quality of life for our residents, and spurring economic growth, the Sustainable Development Program explores new options for growth that protects the environment while laying a foundation for prosperity.
Check out our monthly EcoDistrict presentation series!
|CENTRAL SOMA ECO-DISTRICT TASK FORCE REPORT
The City of San Francisco is creating an Eco-District pilot in the Central SoMa plan area to encourage innovative district-scale sustainable development projects in an important part of the City slated for major reinvestment over the coming 10-20 years. Click here to view the Task Force Report. 15MB
The Planning Department’s Sustainable Development Program is responsible for balancing San Francisco’s plans for future growth within the context of the State’s requirements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (AB 32 and SB 375) and the City’s goals to reduce water consumption, reduce waste, and enhance community-scale energy resources. A primary goal of the Sustainable Development Program is to facilitate the implementation of sustainable infrastructure systems by coordinating private development and public improvements through community engagement.
Over the last decade, the Planning Department has planned for significant growth to occur in the city and will continue to do so. State and local environmental goals and requirements mandate that this growth to be more sustainable, particularly in the areas of water and energy conservation and waste reduction. The Sustainable Development Program works to achieve compliance with the existing environmental legislation efficiently and cost effectively, it aims to improve coherence and cost-effectiveness of different policy measures, and it aims to enhance public private partnerships. Eco-Districts have emerged as an important tool of the Sustainable Development Program.
What is an Eco-District?
An Eco-District is defined by its community. Property owners, businesses and residents contribute time, dollars and enthusiasm to identify, prioritize, and implement sustainable development projects in the area. Eco-Districts are neighborhood scale public-private partnerships that can strengthen the economy while creating a stronger sense of place. Creating eco-districts can help achieve the goals of city’s Climate Action Plan, Electricity Resource Plan and Green Building Ordinance.
The Planning Department has identified four types of Eco-Districts in San Francisco:
Type 1: The Blank Slate
The Type 1 Eco-District is characterized by a large amount of undeveloped land typically owned by a single property owner. Type 1 Eco-Districts enable horizontal infrastructure development to be implemented in advance of vertical development to help optimize Eco-District goals. This type of Eco-District maximizes efficiencies in the delivery of goods provided by infrastructure through district-scale systems.
Type 2: The Patchwork Quilt
The Type 2 Eco-District is characterized by its mix of land uses and is comprised of undeveloped, underdeveloped, and developed land owned by different property owners implementing development projects under different timeframes. This type of Eco-District focuses on aligning development timeframes to maximize opportunities to meet environmental goals. It also works closely with the community to build on its existing character and to integrate the physical qualities of the area as part of its character. Our Central Corridor Plan area has been identified as a Type 2 Eco-District.
Type 3: The Strengthened Neighborhood
The Type 3 Eco-District, in coordination with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development’s Invest in Neighborhoods Initiative, focuses on existing residential neighborhoods and their commercial corridors. Type 3 Eco-Districts are located in parts of the city that are not planned to accommodate growth, but through tactical urbanism can bolster distinctive character and support eco-friendly behavior.
Type 4: The Industrial Network
The Type 4 Eco-District focuses on creating stronger connections between the city’s production, distribution, and repair (PDR) uses. PDR has been recognized as an important component of the city’s culture, its economic stability, and the retention of its diverse labor force. Aligning these industries so that their operating and distribution systems can work more efficiently is the primary focus of the Type 4 Eco-District.
EcoDistrict Presentation Series
The San Francisco Department of Environment hosts a monthly lunchtime speaker series. Speakers from varied backgrounds are invited to present on a variety of topics related to sustainability. Topics range from practical applications of data or technology, to conceptual discussions of environmental issues. Presentations are engaging and designed to inspire discussion and two way engagement on the topic of the day. City and County employees, as well as interested community partners, are invited to bring their own lunches and enjoy these presentations along with Department of Environment staff. For more information, or to join the invitation list, please email Lauren Lester at email@example.com.
|Investing in Resilience and Reinvesting in Communities
|May 20, 2013
||Operating Experience at the Service of EcoDistrict Planning
|Professor Jean Claude van Duysen, Dr. Jamie Link, Gabriel Meric de Bellefon
|Apr. 15, 2013
||5D Cities: An All Inclusive Approach to Open Data
|Mar. 18, 2013
||Treasure Island / Yerba Buena Island Development Project’s Sustainability Plan and District Scale Infrastructure Opportunities
|Feb. 4, 2013
||Building Water Reuse Opportunities in San Francisco
|Nov. 7, 2012
||Transformative Energy and Water Infrastructure for Neighborhoods
||Claire Maxfield, Emma Marchant
|Oct. 1, 2012
||Ownership Models for Sustainable Neighborhood Infrastructure
|Sept. 5, 2012
||Investigating New Business Models to Make Cities Smarter and More Successful
|May 24, 2012
||Optimizing Systems at District Scale
||Alisdair McGregor, Jordan O'Brien, Bry Sarté, Clark Brockman
|April 5, 2012
||Central Corridor EcoDistrict: Integrated Water Resource Management
For more information about the Sustainable Development program, please contact:
Lead Sustainability Planner / Program Manager
San Francisco Planning Department