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The San Francisco 2030 District is a collaborative, nationally recognized, but local community of high performance buildings in downtown San Francisco that aims to dramatically reduce energy and water consumption and reduce emissions from transportation, while increasing competitiveness in the business environment and owners’ returns on investment.

High performance buildings have proven track records of simultaneously increasing business and property profitability, reducing environmental impacts, and improving occupant health. This groundbreaking project will keep San Francisco competitive and ensure a healthy and livable city in 2030.

The San Francisco 2030 District is an interdisciplinary public-private-nonprofit collaborative working to create a groundbreaking high performance building district in downtown San Francisco. With the Architecture 2030 Challenge providing property performance targets, the San Francisco 2030 District seeks to prove that high performing buildings are the most profitable buildings in San Francisco. District Members will do this by developing realistic, measurable, and innovative strategies to assist district property owners, managers, and tenants in meeting aggressive goals that keep properties and businesses competitive while operating buildings more efficiently, reducing costs, and reducing the environmental impacts of facility construction, operation, and maintenance.

These collective efforts will establish the San Francisco 2030 District as an example of a financially viable, sustainability focused, multi-sector driven effort that maximizes profitability and prosperity for all involved. Through collaboration of diverse stakeholders, leveraging existing and developing new incentives and financing mechanisms, and creating and sharing joint resources, the San Francisco 2030 District continues to prove the business case for healthy and high performing buildings. Property owners and managers are voluntarily committing their properties to San Francisco 2030 District goals; they are not required to achieve the District goals through legislative mandates or as individuals.

Achieving the 2030 Challenge targets at a District scale will provide a working model that other cities, towns, and regions can use to reduce costs and resource use while increasing competitiveness and efficiency. While individual buildings have distinct opportunities for reductions and improvements, a District approach provides the opportunity for additional efficiencies across all categories. The San Francisco 2030 District provides members a roadmap and the support they need to own, manage, and develop high performance buildings by leveraging Community and Professional Stakeholders, market resources, and by creating new tools, partnerships, and opportunities to overcome current market barriers. This type of collaborative action is not only a strategic undertaking to keep San Francisco competitive in the year 2030, but also represents a major investment in San Francisco’s future and reflects the collaborative nature of our region.

2030 Districts Network