There's an effort to become more green - friendly, and apparently Erie is on the cusp of doing it.

Nine partners have committed to what's called the 2030 District. It is an international challenge based on goals of reducing energy use, water use and emissions by the year 2030.

On Monday, community leaders gathered for the effort. 

Angelica Ciranni, the Vice President of Strategy and Innovation for the Green Building Alliance, says, "In order to become a fully established 20/30 District, you need to have 10 founding partners or more than 10% of the commercial buildings within the district boundaries committed to the 20/30 challenge goals."

She says that the 2030 movement came out of the architectural community after finding that buildings are the major contributor to those factors.

The nine committed founding property partners are: 

The City of Erie

Erie County

UPMC Hamot

Benedictine Sisters of Erie 

Sisters of Saint Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania 

Emmaus Ministries 

Erie City Mission 

First Presbyterian of the Covenant 

Mercyhurst University