Connecting People.
Fostering Innovation.

The Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) is a peer-to-peer network of local government professionals from cities across the United States and Canada dedicated to creating a healthier environment, economic prosperity, and increased social equity. Our dynamic network enables sustainability directors and staff to share best practices and accelerate the application of good ideas across North America.

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USDN forges connections that foster innovative urban solutions.

USDN has over 100 members representing cities and counties in the United States and Canada with about 50 million in population.


USDN is a project of Global Philanthropy Partnership (GPP).


In addition to dues from members, USDN is funded through generous foundation grants.


  • Barr Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • JPB Foundation
  • The Kendeda Fund
  • The Kresge Foundation
  • Macarthur Foundation
  • Rockefeller Brothers Fund
  • The Summit Foundation
  • Surdna Foundation