Best Practice Action Detail

Best Practice Action 28.4

GreenStep City Best Practices Resilient Economic and Community Development
Business Synergies and EcoDistricts No. 28

Network/cluster businesses and design neighborhoods and developments to achieve better energy, social, economic and environmental outcomes in service of a more circular economy.  

Best Practice Action 4

Use 21st century ecodistrict tools to structure, guide and link multiple green and sustainable projects together in a mixed-use neighborhood/development, 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 21st Century Development Tool (AIA Minnesota, University of MN: 2019) defines 5 levels of performance (the highest being regenerative) across 7 performance areas (based on the national Living Community Challenge), to be used as a framework/pathway to support the efforts of all stakeholders in a proposed physical development project to create the most sustainable projects.
  • 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
1 star Report how the 21st Century Development Tool or the EcoDistricts Protocol was used for a development project or 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
2 star Register as an EcoDistrict; post the 21st Century performance levels planned or achieved in a development.
3 star Be certified as an EcoDistrict.

Who's doing it

Silver Bay - 1 star
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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.
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For more information contact:
Lana Fralich (City staff) | | 218-226-4408