Designers should embrace an expanded role in aquatic wildlife restoration to link our natural and built environments, benefitting multiple species and better connecting people to nature. When thinking about ecological assets, the freshwater mussel should be at the forefront of the discussion.
The Etna EcoDistrict is building on the successes and methods of neighboring ecodistricts and participating in the Triboro Ecodistrict. evolveEA designed a full year community education curriculum that explores key ecodistrict concepts of Water, Food, Energy, Air, Mobility, and Equity.
Like many post-industrial communities, the Larimer neighborhood has seen massive amounts of disinvestment in its residents, organizations and infrastructure. In collaboration with the community, evolveEA articulated a “living cities” vision that examined ways that energy independence, net zero water use, and localized food economies could make the existing community more resilient and attract and sustain equitable development.
The Sharpsburg Ecodistrict is now EcoDistricts Certified, joining Millvale and Etna to become the third community in the world to attain this certification! Certified EcoDistricts prioritize Climate Protection, Resilience, and Equity.
The Etna EcoDistrict Plan continues to attract recognition from planning and design associations like the American Planning Association and American Institute of Architects, and has won a Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence.