The Portland IQ is collaborating with EcoDistricts and Meyer Memorial Trust in efforts to adopt and implement the EcoDistrict Protocol, a framework which establishes measurable goals and strategies for achieving equity, resilience, and climate protection outcomes at a district-level scale.
EcoDistricts believes that within every neighborhood there lies the opportunity to design truly innovative, scalable solutions designed to address the biggest challenges facing urban environments: income, education, and health disparities; blight and ecological degradation; the growing threat of climate change; and rapid, unchecked urban growth. Their efforts guide city makers, enabling them to take a creative, collaborative, holistic, and neighborhood-scale approach to community design thereby creating rigorous, meaningful performance outcomes that matter to people of the district — and the entire planet.
The Portland IQ is one of several district-scale development projects — others include the Albina Vision, Broadway Corridor, and Green Loop — driven by public and private sectors, that have, at their foundations, a commitment to an inclusive and equitable process and outcomes.
The approach undertaken by the Portland IQ will be the next evolution of the model tested by the Broadway Corridor, a continued drive toward the goal for a replicable, affordable model that can be used in future district-scale planning and development projects. Through its work on the Broadway Corridor, Prosper Portland created an open and replicable model. The IQ provides the next logical place to test, refine, and improve upon that model.