Date of Graduation

Spring 5-22-2015

Document Type

Project

Degree Name

Master of Science in Environmental Management (MSEM)

College/School

College of Arts and Sciences

Department/Program

Environmental Management

First Advisor

Maggie Winslow

Abstract

Ecodistricts, or neighborhood-scale, community-driven areas of sustainable development, have emerged internationally and within the U.S. to create models of adaptive environmental design and advanced urban infrastructure. Central SoMa is the first ecodistrict to be planned and implemented in San Francisco, with the intention of revitalizing and greening this urbanized region of the city. At this time, the Central SoMa area has very low biodiversity levels, inefficient infrastructure, and poor water management capabilities. Through the implementation of ecodistricts in San Francisco, the city can integrate physical and behavioral sustainability measures from existing ecodistricts such as permeable surfaces, green roofs, stormwater management, environmental education, and complete streets that will improve upon social, environmental, and economic conditions in Central SoMa and other areas. These measures will advance resilience efforts to enhance San Francisco's sustainability and longevity. This paper reviews case studies of existing ecodistricts to assess the applicability of this neighborhood planning model to existing city planning in San Francisco, and proposes management recommendations on how to effectively integrate ecodistricts in the city through policy reform and placement suggestions.