November 8, 2011
The Southwest Ecodistrict Initiative aims to transform the 10th Street and Maryland Avenue corridors located south of the National Mall in Southwest Washington.
Led by the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) in coordination with the District Office of Planning and other local and federal agencies, the initiative seeks to create a model sustainability showcase of innovative technologies and sustainable urban development and infrastructure practices in the nation's capital.
As envisioned, the Ecodistrict will be an active multi-modal, mixed-use neighborhood of significant cultural attractions and public spaces, offices, residences, and amenities.
Elizabeth Miller, a senior urban planner with the National Capital Planning Commission, has over 25 years of public and private sector experience. She has managed some of the commission's key planning initiatives, including the Urban Design and Security Plan, the National Capital Framework Plan, and the current Southwest Ecodistrict Plan. Since 2000, Miller has led teams that have been recipients of several national ASLA, APA, and AIA awards in urban planning and design. Prior to joining the commission, Miller was the principal planner for Palm Beach County, Florida and served in appointed positions on several boards and commissions. She holds a Master of Design Studies degree with a concentration in Real Estate Development from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and a BA in landscape architecture from the University of Florida.
Diane Sullivan joined the National Capital Planning Commission in the fall of 2007. Her role as lead sustainability planner focuses on implementing the goals of Executive Order 13514: Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance throughout the agency's long-term planning initiatives for the National Capital Region, including the agency's Southwest Ecodistrict Project. Sullivan previously worked with the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation, managing waterfront projects for the District of Columbia. Prior to this she spent six years working on waterfront redevelopment projects for the Portland, Oregon Office of Planning. She began her career at the San Francisco Planning Department. Sullivan holds a Master's in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University and a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles.