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San Diego Launches 2030 District

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Joins Network of North American Cities in Commitment to Urban Sustainability Goals


SAN DIEGO, CA, July 23, 2018 – After over a year of organizing and establishing benchmarking baselines, San Diego’s emerging 2030 District, which was announced in 2017, is now formally recognized as an established 2030 District by the North American umbrella organization.


2030 Districts are designated urban areas that unite the private sector with local building industry leaders around a shared vision for sustainability and economic growth. These experts work with local community groups and government in private-public partnerships to achieve significant energy, water, and greenhouse gas emissions reductions.


The San Diego 2030 District is a private-sector-led effort using collaboration, incentives, and shared resources to prove the business case for sustainability within a defined built environment. The initial boundaries of the district encompass 52 buildings for a total of 19.2 million square feet, which includes the current assets of Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Intuit, Kilroy, and UC San Diego. These boundaries will expand as new building owners are added to the San Diego 2030 District program. Participating buildings within the San Diego 2030 District aim to achieve a 50 percent reduction in energy, water, and transportation emissions by 2030.


“It’s gratifying to have the strong support of our business community as we work to achieve our ambitious Climate Action Plan goals,” said City of San Diego Chief Sustainability Officer Cody Hooven. “San Diego’s business and industry leaders are finding innovative solutions to big issues every day, and this collaborative approach to sustainability exemplifies that spirit.”


Regional business association Cleantech San Diego manages San Diego’s 2030 District as part of its Smart Cities San Diego initiative in collaboration with members of a Leadership Council, which comprises key stakeholders from the region:


  • Jason Anderson, Cleantech San Diego
  • Matt Ellis, Measurabl
  • Ari Frankel, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.
  • Cody Hooven, City of San Diego
  • Heather Foley, Urban Land Institute San Diego-Tijuana
  • Sean Kinghorn, Intuit
  • Douglas Kot, DNV GL
  • Gary Matthews, UC San Diego
  • Sara Neff, Kilroy Realty
  • Jennifer Green, Center for Sustainable Energy


“Cleantech San Diego is proud to add support of San Diego’s 2030 District to our regional efforts to advance private-public partnerships that benefit both the economy and the environment,” said Jason Anderson, President and CEO of Cleantech San Diego. “Collaborating across industries and verticals in this manner is what makes San Diego a leader in clean technology and smart cities innovation.”


In partnership with Urban Land Institute (ULI), San Diego startup company Measurabl will provide the sustainability data management and benchmarking platform to underpin San Diego’s 2030 District as well as all 2030 Districts across the continent.


“What gets measured, gets managed,” said Matt Ellis, CEO of Measurabl. “That’s particularly true at city scale where vast resource consumption occurs but where the willpower and resources also exist to improve. Measurabl is proud to be the platform to help drive that change at scale.”


“We became a founding member of the San Diego 2030 District to further our deep commitment to partnering with the City of San Diego and our tenants to help achieve high and increasing levels of sustainability, and we are thrilled the city has been officially recognized as a 2030 District,” said Ari Frankel, assistant vice president of sustainability and high-performance buildings at Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. (NYSE:ARE). “At Alexandria, we recognize that true sustainability requires thoughtfulness, creativity, and collaboration. We are passionate in our dedication to create innovative science and technology campuses that respect and preserve the world’s natural resources.


“We are pleased to formally welcome San Diego as the newest 2030 District,” said Dave Low, Network Liaison at the 2030 Districts. “As a proven leader in climate policy, cleantech innovation, and sustainable business practices, San Diego’s entry into the 2030 Districts Network of similarly-focused regions across the continent will add tremendous value to our collective efforts.” 


Building owners, service providers, or community stakeholders interested in participating in the San Diego 2030 District are invited to fill out the interest form at cleantechsandiego.org/2030district.


Media Contacts:
Shannon Bresnahan, Cleantech San Diego, 858-568-7777, shannonb@cleantechsandiego.org
Heather Otto, Measurabl, 217-871-9990, heather@measurabl.com


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