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2030 Districts: Partnering for Sustainability

May 30, 2013

Mark Klein

There is a national effort underway to bring long-term coalitions, partnerships and collaboration around a common goal for renovating existing urban and suburban areas and infrastructure, infill development and redevelopment.

Known as 2030 Districts, the public/private partnerships bring together property owners and managers, local governments, businesses and community stakeholders to establish a business model for urban sustainability through collaboration, leveraged financing and shared resources.

Mark Klein, a Project Strategist at Collaborative Project Consulting in Los Angeles and Program Director with the Los Angeles 2030 District, discussed the 2030 District concept, the efforts underway in the Los Angeles 2030 District, and plans to establish an Orange County/Inland Empire 2030 District.

First established in Seattle, 2030 Districts represent a grassroots effort to create strong environmental partnerships around ambitious yet achievable measurable goals for existing buildings and infrastructure and new development.

While individual buildings have specific opportunities for resource reductions, the district approach provides an opportunity for innovative and integrative opportunities and efficiencies of scale.

To date, 2030 districts have been formed in Seattle, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Los Angeles. The Los Angeles 2030 District takes in a portion of downtown Los Angeles and aims to dramatically reduce environmental impacts of building construction and operations while increasing competitiveness and owners’ return on investment.

About the Speaker

Mark Klein’s background includes more than eight years of academic and professional experience in sustainable construction.

He has guest lectured at UCLA and USC’s Price School of Public Policy, and has presented on district level energy at a number of events. His achievements include winning collegiate academic competitions, delivering Burbank’s first LEED-CS Gold Certified building, and philanthropic involvement in Los Angeles and abroad.

He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and a Master of Planning degree at the USC Price School of Public Policy. He has worked as a project engineer for a Los Angeles-based general contractor, and joined the Collaborative Project Consulting in 2011. He holds credentials as a LEED Accredited Professional with specialties in both Building Design & Construction and Neighborhood Development.


2030 Districts Slide Presentation

Seminar Audio (mp3)

More Information on the Los Angeles 2030 District