Philadelphia Launches Aggressive Initiative to Combat Climate Change

City officials have launched Philadelphia 2030 District in a move to combat climate change through reductions in energy and water use, and cuts in transportation emissions.

The launch of the 2030 District brings together Philadelphia utility and energy service companies, community organizations, and property owners and managers in a pledge a 50% reduction in energy and water use and transportation emissions by the year 2030. The Delaware Valley Green Building Council is leading the initiative.

Investing in the 2030 District creates an opportunity for members and partners to reduce the region’s climate impact. This initiative will also serve as a catalyst to implement best practices for building sustainability. Currently, the city’s building sector produces 60% of Philadelphia’s carbon emissions, which impact climate change, and the average building wastes 30% of its energy.

With this launch, Philadelphia will join more than 17 cities that are part of the 2030 District Network. Each year, the DVGBC will release an annual progress report to see if companies and organizations are meeting their pledged goals.

According to, the commitment of private organizations and companies to energy reduction is the latest in a series of recent city efforts to combat climate change. Last month, the city released its own Philadelphia Municipal Energy Master Plan, a multi-step roadmap to reduce energy use and clean the city’s energy supply. It also has a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the city’s buildings in half by 2030.

San Diego 2030 District

In January, San Diego officials announced that it will join the 2030 District and cut energy use, water use and emissions in half by 2030. the San Diego 2030 District initiative will be managed by Cleantech San Diego. Other participants include the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inuit, DNV GL, Verdani Partners and Measurabl. San Diego already has laws in place mandating the halving of greenhouse gas emissions by 2035.

Vendors mentioned in this article:

  • Delaware Valley Green Building Council
  • Cleantech San Diego
  • San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Alexandria Real Estate Equities
  • Inuit
  • DNV GL
  • Verdani Partners
  • Measurabl
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One thought on “Philadelphia Launches Aggressive Initiative to Combat Climate Change

  1. Some of the things described will make energy use more efficient, which will save money and resources, and will make buildings more comfortable places to be. All good things to work towards.
    It would be a good thing to work towards, NOT JUST FOR THE CITIES MENTIONED, but for the entire nation, for the reasons just stated.


    There has been “climate” since there has been a planet Earth.
    The climate has been “changing” since there has been “climate”, without our help, and will continue to change regardless of what we do or don’t do.

    We SHOULD try to conserve our resources and reduce pollutants that make our air and water unhealthy for us,
    let’s NOT TRY TO FOOL OURSELVES OR ANYONE ELSE that we will make the “climate” any different.

    There have been hurricanes in the past and there will continue to be hurricanes. There have been floods and tornadoes and heat and cold and glaciers expanding and glaciers melting in the past, and these things will continue to happen in the future.
    Nothing we do (or not do) will make any of it “not happen”.

    The only thing we can, and should, do as far as climate change is concerned is ADAPT to it.

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