Meeting the Goals

Property Partners will meet the goals of the Philadelphia 2030 District through sophisticated operations, robust tenant engagement, and strategic investments in conservation and efficiency strategies.


Energy Use

With buildings and industry accounting for 79 percent of carbon emissions in Philadelphia, the 2030 District presents the region’s best opportunity to reduce its impact on climate change. Improved building performance also lowers operational costs, improves indoor air quality and tenant comfort, and enhances the resiliency of the city’s new and existing building stock to the effects of climate change.

 

Strategies to Meet Goal 

Existing Buildings 

Benchmarking energy use data is the first step toward understanding your building's performance.

Green Building United manages the City of Philadelphia's Building Energy Benchmarking Program and provides technical support to building owners and managers on how to use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to track their energy use data.

Conduct an energy audit or retrocommissioning to identify areas for improvement in your building. 

To get started, visit The Huba searchable database of energy efficiency and sustainability services companies in Green Building United's region. 

Take advantage of rebates and incentives to help finance improvements. 

Visit PECO Smart Ideas and PGW energysense to see if your building is eligible for savings. 

 

New Construction 

Design your building to meet the 2030 Challenge for Planning goals

For new construction and major renovations, 2030 District members can use the Zero Tool to establish energy baselines and reduction targets. 

Take advantage of rebates and incentives to help finance your project. 

Visit PECO Smart Ideas to see if your building is eligible for savings. 

energy use

Progress Toward Goal 

Participating properties in the Philadelphia 2030 District achieved an aggregate 24.1% reduction below baseline for site energy use intensity (EUI) in 2017. 24.1% performance above the business as usual scenario has significant benefits in terms of kBtu reduction and avoided carbon emissions. 

There is still progress to be made to meet the 50% energy use reduction goal by 2030. 


Water Use

Using water efficiently in a building results in both direct operational cost savings and related energy savings, all while helping to improve water quality.
​ 

Strategies to Meet Goal

Existing Buildings 

Benchmarking water use data is the first step toward understanding your building's performance.

Green Building United manages the City of Philadelphia's Building Energy Benchmarking Program and provides technical support to building owners and managers on how to use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to track their water use data.

Take advantage of existing resources. 

Explore the U.S. Department of Energy's Water Savings Initiative and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense programs.

 

New Construction 

Take advantage of existing beyond-code resources to design your building to meet the 2030 Challenge for Planning goals

Consult the Whole Building Design Guide's Water Conservation resources, the LEED credit library for water efficiency, or the Living Building Challenge's water petal for strategies.  

water use

Progress Toward Goal 

The Philadelphia 2030 District will report on progress toward its aggregate water use goal for the first time in its 2019 Annual Report. 

To learn more about baselining and measuring water use in the Philadelphia 2030 District, consult the guidance document prepared by the District's Water Working Group. 


Stormwater Management

Green City, Clean Waters (GCCW) is the City of Philadelphia's plan to reduce stormwater pollution entering its combined sewer system through the use of of green stormwater infratructure (GSI.) The Philadelphia 2030 District will align with the goals of GCCW by communicating the value of GSI and sharing and expanding the resources available to owners and managers of the city's largest properties to encourage more GSI projects. 
 

Strategies to Meet Goal 

New Construction Regulatory Compliance  

Review PWD Stormwater Regulations.

Evaluate eligibility for Philadelphia development bonuses and incentives including:

Consult case studies in Exceeding Intent: A Precedent Library of Exemplary Green Stormwater Infrustructure Projects.
 

Existing Building Retrofits  

Review PWD Stormwater Retrofit Guidance Manual​.

Evaluate eligibility for Philadelphia programs and incentives including:

Consult case studies including PECO's Green Roof.

 

Non-Compliance Strategies 

Consult PWD's GSI Infrastructure Tools. ​ 

june 2016 gsi tour navy yard central green

Progress Toward Goal 

The Philadelphia 2030 District will report on progress toward its districtwide stormwater management goal for the first time in its 2019 Annual Report. 

To learn more about baselining and measuring stormwater management in the Philadelphia 2030 District, consult the guidance document prepared by the District's Water Working Group. 


Transportation Emissions

Transportation is the second largest source of carbon emissions in Philadelphia. Discouraging single-occupancy vehicle commuting in the Philadelphia 2030 District not only reduces transportation emissions but also improves quality of life issues including improving air quality and travel times. 
 

Strategies to Meet Goal 

Building Owners/Managers

  • Add shower facilities in buildings for tenant use
  • Make pedestrian access more attractive
  • Increase number of secure bicycle parking spaces
  • Increase plaza areas and site design to promote walking

 

Employers

  • Increase opportunities for telecommuting
  • Relax dress code to make bike/ped commuting easier
  • Expand employer transit benefit programs, including RideECO
  • Promote the use of bike share for employees and visitors including Indego
  • Set up company bike share for meetings and lunch travel including Indego Corporate Pass Program
  • Institute a parking cash out program
  • Increase incentives for car sharing/promotion of car sharing firms including through workplace partnerships
  • Implement a needs-based parking permit system
  • Charge daily as opposed to monthly for parking
  • Increase provision of electric vehicle charging parking spots
  • Provide free shuttle buses to and from major destinations

 

Institutions

  • Negotiate bulk fare contracts with SEPTA
  • Increase provision of electric vehicle charging parking spots
  • Incentivize car sharing
  • Provide free shuttle buses to and from major destinations

 

transportation emissions image 1058 x 513

Progress Toward Goal 

To learn more about baselining and measuring transportation emissions in the Philadelphia 2030 District, consult the guidance document prepared by the District's Transportation Working Group. 

Legacy Partners

Platinum Partners

Enter your registered email address to receive password reset instructions:

Loading...

Log in to your Green Building United account:

Reset Password

Loading...