Philadelphia 2030 District Newsletter | March 2017

By Katie Bartolotta

Posted March 2, 2017

2030 Districts are private/public partnerships that bring together property owners and managers, utilities and energy services companies, and community organizations to achieve substantial reductions in energy and water use, and transportation emissions by the year 2030.

Delaware Valley Green Building Council has been selected to lead the formation of a Philadelphia 2030 District to join the 15 already-established 2030 Districts throughout North America.

Owners and managers who commit their properties to the 2030 District’s goals can realize cost savings and reduce their environmental impact by assessing, tracking, and improving upon energy efficiency, water use, and transportation emissions. Participating property owners and managers gain access to a network of peers to share strategies and best practices, and to tools and resources to improve upon the performance of and add value to their assets, including financing information, aggregate building performance data, and building operator trainings.

What’s more, the Philadelphia 2030 District is an opportunity for voluntary, private sector leadership in demonstrating the value of high performing, cost-effective buildings. Buildings are the primary driver of climate change in our region. In Philadelphia, 60 percent of the carbon emissions that cause climate change come from the building sector, and an average commercial building wastes 30 percent of its energy. Making improvements to our built environment represents the best chance we have to reduce our region’s climate impact and save money.

2030 metric graphic

Sponsor Spotlight

Thank you to SageGlass and Veolia for sponsoring the Philadelphia 2030 District!

Philadelphia 2030 District sponsorship provides unique marketing visibility as well as access and the opportunity to present in member-only district meetings. If you are interested in becoming a 2030 District Sponsor, please complete the following sponsorship form

Early Adopters

Over 9.5 million square feet in Center and University City have committed to the Philadelphia 2030 District goals, including:

Brandywine Realty Trust - Full portfolio
Drexel University 
- Three buildings
Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House- 3925 Chestnut St
CBRE - 1650 Arch

Meeting Recap

On February 10, the Exploratory Committee of the Philadelphia 2030 District met to discuss in detail the district’s energy goals. The committee reviewed both the existing and new building/major retrofit energy goals as well as progress tracking in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.

In addition, a presentation was given by Kennedy Wilson detailing the energy projects undertaken in the Aramark Tower since 2008. Operations manager, John Healy, detailed the decision making process to upgrade the site’s chiller plant and gave details on cost vs. savings as well as data tracking and application. John also led a tour of the plant after his presentation.

Thanks also to our hosts, Aramark, for the use of their space and the light refreshments. 

In the News


Philly joining private-led initiative to reduce commercial building energy use 50% by 2030

Philadelphia Business Journal

Phila. joins private-led initiative to reduce commercial building energy use by 50% by 2030

Energy Manager Today
Philadelphia, San Diego Make Smart District 2030 Moves

Get Involved

The district is seeking additional property partners who commit buildings to the goals, resource partners who can deliver services and sponsor the district, as well as community partners who can provide specialize expertise and support to the district as needed.

Please contact Katie Bartolotta, DVGBC’s Policy and Program Manager, at to learn more. 

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