What is an EcoInnovation District?

Eco: “connected to the environment”

Innovation: “the act or process of introducing new ideas, devices, or methods”

Ecoinnovation District: an area dedicated to sustainability, innovative development practices and inclusive job growth.

EcoDistrict + Innovation District

The Ecoinnovation District in Pittsburgh is the first of its kind.  It is a groundbreaking initiative that combines the goals of both EcoDistricts and Innovation Districts that have helped to positively transform communities across the country.  The Ecoinnovation District is an opportunity to identify the ways in which redevelopment can improve the environment, support the needs of existing residents and expand entrepreneurship and job growth.

> EcoDistricts emphasizes a bottom-up model of planning and development to create a resilient and sustainable city.  They reflect a new approach to development focused on economic opportunity, universal access, smart and efficient infrastructure and green building practices.  

> Innovation Districts are focused on job growth and economic opportunity.  Innovation districts that are walkable, bikeable, and transit-oriented result in healthier, happier lifestyles for local residents, foster greater equity in access, and create a better environment for businesses to succeed.

Focused on the Uptown and West Oakland communities, the Ecoinnovation District will create a new model for urban growth that is inclusive, innovative, and environmentally sound.

The project is the product of ongoing collaboration among Uptown Partners of Pittsburgh, Oakland Planning and Development Corporation, City of Pittsburgh, Sustainable Pittsburgh, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, Port Authority of Allegheny County, and Allegheny County Economic Development, neighborhood residents and groups, universities, and other partners.