The Kendall Square EcoDistrict is a public-private organization working to advance innovative, district-scale sustainability and resilience projects in Cambridge, MA. With support from the Barr Foundation, Linnean served as the process facilitator and sustainability consultant for a group of district stakeholders, including the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Kendall Square Association, local property owners, corporate tenants, nonprofits, and community leaders.
Linnean guided the EcoDistrict stakeholders toward developing shared goals, metrics to measure the goals, and future projects guided by the EcoDistricts Protocol. By leveraging collaborative action and district-scale efficiencies, these interrelated goals aimed to increase connectivity, amenities, and mobility within the community; reduce energy consumption; strengthen district resilience; engage residents; and foster ecological vitality. Projects included piloting an innovative, high density bicycle parking design and managing a district energy study that assessed the potential for a low-carbon, district-scale energy system in Kendall Square.