ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A private, voluntary initiative to promote high-performance buildings in Albuquerque officially launched Monday with the recognition of an emerging “2030 District” that will encompass Downtown and nearby areas.
Using collaboration and the sharing of information like utility bills and best practices to reduce consumption, the 2030 District’s main goals are to reduce energy and water use, as well as transportation emissions, by 50 percent by the year 2030.
Mayor Richard Berry, speaking at a ceremonial signing of a charter to establish the district, recapped the city’s efforts in recent years to reduce its carbon footprint.
“By implementing reasonable and sound energy efficiency projects, the city has saved more than $2 million from avoided energy costs, PNM rebates and reduced operating costs,” he said.
The 2030 Districts initiative is a nationwide effort by the nonprofit Architecture 2030, founded in Santa Fe by architect Edward Mazria as a response to climate change. Participants in the districts are property owners, managers and developers as well as community stakeholders.
The 2030districts.org website lists established districts in nine cities around the country, including Denver.
The University of New Mexico signed on to the idea of a local 2030 District earlier this year. The boundaries are still being determined, but are likely to include:
— The so-called “Innovation Corridor,” or the area straddling Central Avenue from Nob Hill and UNM west to the BioPark. “This 5.25 mile commercial sector is well-positioned to become a future economic development and real estate engine,” says the 2030 website. “Innovative redevelopment leadership along this corridor will be a great catalyst for building a livable city of the future.”
— Downtown with its diverse and dense stock of commercial and institutional buildings and growing apartment sector. “Downtown ABQ is the urban heart of New Mexico, and is in need of innovative redevelopment,” 2030districts.org says.
In addition to the focus on sustainable or green redevelopment, the 2030 Districts initiative aims to promote economic development and strengthen property values in urban cores.