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GreenStep City Best Practices Resilient Economic & Community Development

Business Synergies and EcoDistricts
no. 28

Network/cluster businesses and design neighborhoods to achieve better energy, social, economic and environmental outcomes.
  Best Practice Action 4      [ 1 2 3 4 ]       [all actions]

Use ecodistrict tools to structure, guide and link multiple green and sustainable projects together in a mixed-use neighborhood, aiming to deliver superior social, environmental and economic outcomes.

  • Eco districts strive toward the aggressive energy, water and vehicle emissions targets called for by Architecture 2030. See the EcoDistricts Protocol, a process-based framework and certification standard that empowers equitable, resilient, sustainable neighborhoods and districts for all, placing race/equity, social inclusion issues on an equal footing with physical development project management.
  • The University of MN's Minnesota Design Center helped develop the 2016 Rochester Destination Medical Center District Design Guidelines and District Sustainability Standards for the Ford Site.
  • See implementation tools for action 28.3
  • Social Resiliency and Superstorm Sandy provides lessons from New York City community organizations about how the prevalence of social networks and community spaces in a neighborhood have a significant impact on recovery from disasters. [Applicable to 3 Star implementation.]
Report how the EcoDistricts Protocol was used for a neighborhood (re)development. Report less-ambitious and less-holistic mixed-use projects under best practice 8, and shared aspects of retail projects at transit/density nodes under action 14.2
Register as an EcoDistrict.
Be certified as an EcoDistrict.

Silver Bay

Date action report first entered:   04/02/2014
Date of last report update:   05/12/2014

Implementation details:
Silver Bay is using cluster development in its eco-park that will benefit facilities and businesses both economically and environmentally. By grouping like businesses together, they will be able to share a parking lot, and surface area will be minimized. Also, food that is produced at Victus Farm may be used by neighboring restaurants.

For more information contact:
Lana Fralich (City staff)   |   lanaf@silverbay.com   |   218-226-4408

View All Silver Bay Actions

pending means a star rating has not yet been assigned to this city

greenstep advisor
Angie Bourdaghs, Small Business Environmental Assistance Program, MN Pollution Control Agency: 651/757-2176, angela.bourdaghs@state.mn.us, http://www.pca.state.mn.us/sbeap