Not surprisingly, the built environment – commercial and municipal office buildings as well as multi-family housing – is a large consumer of natural resources and generator of emissions. With an ongoing commitment to reduce energy in its buildings, The Ashforth Company recently became a founding member of the Stamford 2030 District, the sixth district nationwide and the first in New England.
The Stamford 2030 District is a private-public partnership of building owners, service professionals, and community stakeholders working toward the goal of cleaner and greener commercial and other large-scale buildings. This District will take it a step further and Stamford partners will work to increase the community’s and local economy’s resilience to storms and sea-level rise. “Stamford is already a business leader in Connecticut. The Stamford 2030 District will make the city a sustainability leader nationwide,” said Megan Saunders, executive director of the Stamford 2030 District.
As part of this effort, property owners are confidentially sharing buildings’ energy use, water use, and transportation management plan data as well as providing best practices to raise performance across the District. Ashforth’s 3001 Stamford Square and 707 Summer Street properties are participating and Hank Ashforth, Executive Vice President of The Ashforth Company, is a member of the Stamford 2030 District organizational committee. Click here for more information on the Stamford 2030 District.
Across the United States, 2030 Districts® are forming to meet the energy, water and vehicle emissions reduction targets for existing buildings and new construction called for by Architecture 2030 in the 2030 Challenge for Planning. The organization has set ambitious goals such as a 10 percent reduction in energy and water usage and carbon emissions from transportation by end of 2015, and a 50 percent reduction by 2030.