Landscape Architects Network recently featured our work in Southwest Washington, DC, suggesting that the word Ecodistrict may become the design community’s next buzz word.
Led by the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), in coordination with 18 other local and federal agencies, the SW Ecodistrict’s goals include advancing recommendations of the Monumental Core Framework Plan, Comprehensive Plan, and the Center City Action Agenda; assisting the federal government to meet the goals of Executive Order 13514—Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; and transforming a federal employment center south of the National Mall into a model 21st century sustainable community that uses resources more efficiently and contributes to the City’s economic vitality and environmental health. As envisioned, the SW Ecodistrict will be an active, multimodal, mixed-use neighborhood with significant cultural attractions and public spaces, offices, residences, and amenities. While the area currently includes one of the most heavily used Metro stations, the plan includes transit enhancements to minimize traffic impacts that may result from adding an additional 5,000,000 SF to the existing 10,000,000 SF of development. New buildings in the Ecodistrict will become net-zero energy and carbon by 2030 through the interconnection of high-performance buildings, infrastructure, and open spaces to pool resources and share byproducts. Water, gas, electricity, and heating and cooling will all be shared among the buildings to create a 24-hour synergy.