Innovation Products

USDN members spur and scale innovations in urban sustainability by collaboratively developing policies, practices, tools, programs, performance standards, or organizational models.

USDN’s programs mobilize members to pursue collaborative projects that address urgent challenges and timely opportunities facing multiple cities.

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Carbon Neutral Buildings - Accelerating Market Transformation to High Performing Building Envelopes in North American Cities:  A project to apply energy reductions strategies from Europe to North America to accelerate the market transformation towards carbon neutral buildings, including a barriers and best practice report, zero emissions building targets report and presentation, and North American Passive House Network meeting materials. (CNCA Innovation Fund, 2016).
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Financing Sustainable Cities Scan and Toolkit: An action-oriented “how-to toolkit” for Chief Sustainability Officers and Chief Financial Officers to catalog implementable and emerging funding mechanisms that can support cities striving towards bold climate action and sustainability goals, including a scan report, infographic of finance options, and conference agenda. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2016).
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Sustainable Purchasing Playbook for Cities:  A playbook for sustainability directors and city teams interested in launching or strengthening sustainable purchasing efforts, including analytical tools, best practices, implementation tips, and recommendations to help cities prioritize and then pursue sustainable purchasing opportunities. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2016).
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Urban Sustainability Innovation Report

USDN now helps partners, sustainability professionals, and our followers stay up to date with USDN members' innovations through the monthly Urban Sustainability Innovation Report.  This newsletter highlights our members' work on the cutting edge of urban sustainability innovation.  

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NOTE: Partners for Places Fund projects include both USDN and non-USDN members.