Living City Block is a Community Partner for the EcoDistricts Summit October 25-26, 2012
Hosted by the Portland Sustainability Institute, the EcoDistricts Summit is one of the world’s premier conferences on urban sustainability. LCB will join innovative leaders from around the world who are developing cutting-edge solutions to our most pressing challenges. Exploring topics like district energy, smart grid, and civic engagement.Visit the EcoDistricts Summit website for the full story and information about attending.
About Living City Block
By the year 2050, eighty percent of the world’s population will live in cities. In addition, the Urban Land Institute predicts that eighty percent of current building stock will still be in use in the year 2050. As America and the world work to build a new, sustainable foundation for the 21st century, we need new models of what our urban spaces and places can become. Living City Block will be just such a model.
Starting with a block and a half of Denver’s historic Lower Downtown district, Living City Block will create a demonstration of a regenerative urban center. LCB will draw on selected partners from around Denver, the U.S. and the world to develop and implement a working model of how one block within an existing city can be transformed into a paradigm for the new urban landscape.
This pilot project is taking the area of 15th to 16th, Wynkoop to Wazee and east across Wazee and transforming it into a sustainable community. First, Living City Block will work to significantly reduce the energy consumption and environmental impact on these blocks. By the summer of 2013, Living City Denver Lo Do will have reduced its aggregate energy use by 50%. By the summer of 2015, LCDL will have reduced total resource use 75%, and by 2016 we will have helped at least two historic buildings reach a net zero energy profile. Concurrently, LCB will be working to develop a thriving urban community, one in which people of all ages and types choose to live, work and play. Right retail will evolve, better and more sustainable jobs will be created and kept, and the block will take its place as a part of the economic engine that drives the city and the region.
The LoDo project is a model that will be replicated across the Western Hemisphere though our Sister Cites and Sister Neighborhood programs. LCB has launched Living City Brooklyn Gowanus in Brooklyn, New York, and is pursuing relationships with other neighborhoods within Denver, other cities within the US and Latin America to establish additional Living City Blocks. The lessons learned and the methodologies created through our initial LoDo Denver LCB will become the model for developing these other LCB’s, and for doing so at scale and in the near future.
Living City Block is partnered with the Alliance for a Sustainable Colorado (along with dozens of other local and national partners), and has corporate sponsorships with United Technologies Corporation, Johns Manville, AT&T Colorado, Brownstein Hyatt, Farber & Schreck, LLC, EKS & H, Wells Fargo, McKinstry, MoyeWhite, LLC, TransVac Solutions and Merrick Engineering. . We are nearing the end of our second year of work on our pilot project in Lower Downtown Denver, and are approaching the one year anniversary of launching Living City Brooklyn Gowanus.