Capitol Hill EcoDistrict


An EcoDistrict is sustainability applied at the neighborhood scale. EcoDistricts provide a framework for realizing advanced sustainability through behavior change, building design, and infrastructure investments. They seek to:

  • Reduce pollution
  • Restore ecosystems
  • Improve communities
EcoDistricts commit to achieving ambitious sustainability performance goals, guiding district investments and community action, and tracking the results over time.

In March 2011 the Bullitt Foundation awarded Capitol Hill Housing a grant to spearhead the creation of an EcoDistrict on Capitol Hill. Working with architecture firm GGLO, we researched the establishment of an EcoDistrict in our neighborhood. In May 2012 we presented our findings and opened a dialogue between local representatives, national EcoDistrict experts, and our friends and neighbors on Capitol Hill at our annual Community Forum.

Download the EcoDistrict overview (PDF).

The EcoDistrict needs you!
A new EcoDistrict provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve the neighborhood’s environmental impacts, and thereby serve as a role model for other communities - encouraging city, state, and national governments to match Capitol Hill's commitment to sustainable development.

There will be many opportunities for members of the community to help make the EcoDistrict a reality. If you are interested in getting involved as a volunteer, please contact Joel Sisolak at or 206-204-3844.

Download the full EcoDistrict report (PDF, 16Mb).