The Philadelphia 2030 District is a voluntary effort by the owners, managers, and developers of the city’s largest buildings to achieve deep reductions in energy use, water use, transportation emissions, and to improve stormwater management.

The initiative seeks to improve efficiency in the building sector in Philadelphia with the goal to lower costs, reduce carbon emissions, improve indoor air quality and tenant comfort, and enhance the resiliency of the city’s new and existing building stock.

By committing to the Philadelphia 2030 District, the undersigned property owner or manager agrees to participate in a district-wide effort in which each partner works to achieve district-wide goals, meets participation requirements, and gains access to valuable program resources.


Goals for Existing Buildings

Energy use: 50% reduction from 2003 CBECS baseline by 2030
Water use: 50% reduction from baseline* by 2030
Transportation use: 50% reduction from districtwide baseline* by 2030
Stormwater: 100 Greened Acres Districtwide

*Working groups calculated local water, stormwater, and transportation baselines. 

Goals for New Buildings and Major Renovations

Energy use: Carbon neutral+ by 2030
Water use: 50% reduction from baseline* by 2030
Transportation use: 50% reduction from dstrictwide baseline* by 2030
Stormwater: 100 Greened Acres Districtwide

+ Using no fossil fuel GHG-emitting energy to operate
*Working groups calculated local water, stormwater, and transportation baselines. 


Partner Benefits

Participating property partners receive the following benefits:

  • Invitations to quarterly, member-only district partner meetings and the opportunity to present at the meetings.
  • Recognition of properties in all publicized property partner lists and maps.
  • Education and training opportunities from Green Building United.
  • Confidential building-level performance reports.
  • Marketing tool to attract tenants and demonstrate a commitment to sustainability.
  • For Residential Properties: Two free Green Building United memberships for on-site staff or stakeholders

Participation Requirements

Property owner/managers that commit their properties to the Philadelphia 2030 District must complete the following to be recognized by the district:

  • Submit the property partner commitment form below.
  • Share read-only access to their ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Account.
  • Update their energy and water data* on an annual basis by June 30 in compliance with the City’s benchmarking and disclosure ordinance deadline.

Property partners are encouraged to share best practices, lessons learned, technology information, and case studies to raise the level of performance across the district.

There is no penalty for property partners who do not meet their individual building reduction goals in energy or water by 2030.

In addition, data is shared only as an aggregate total to protect the confidentiality of each individual building. Green Building United does not share an individual building’s data without explicit permission.

*Partners do not need to submit building level data on transportation or stormwater management.