Connie Lilley

USGBC Detroit Region will support the new 2030 District in Detroit in numerous ways.

In keeping with its goals for high-performance buildings and sustainability, USGBC Detroit Region is creating a new program in support of a 2030 District in Detroit by offering education and networking opportunities to District members while securing and overseeing grants and other funding to support the program.

This past summer, the launch of the Detroit 2030 District came to fruition after several years of work from dozens of local volunteers and businesses. Supporters of the District include large building owners and property managers such as Ford Field, Comerica, Jones Lang LaSalle, Bedrock Detroit and CBRE.

Grant funding was also secured earlier in the year, allowing for the appointment of a director to oversee membership and activities. Professional and community stakeholders also support the District. Stakeholders include DTE Energy, NextEnergy, Detroit Lions and more. The Detroit 2030 District is the 16th 2030 District in North America, and the second District in Michigan, following Grand Rapids.

2030 Districts are private-public partnerships bringing together building owners and managers and other local stakeholders to work together in reducing energy, water and greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. Districts aim to reach goals of a 50 percent reduction by 2030 for existing buildings. Targets were originally formed with the 2030 Architecture Challenge.

The Detroit 2030 District currently has over 11 million square feet of commercial building space signed in to the program. The program, which is free for building owners and managers, covers downtown and midtown Detroit. Although reduction metrics will include buildings within the District boundaries, any building owner or manager located in the city of Detroit can participate. Over 388 million square feet are dedicated in 2030 Districts across North America.

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