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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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A Blueprint for Development Approval of Hydrogen Re-fuelling Stations: A bluprint describing (1) the key activities involved in the process of developing hydrogen refuelling stations, (2) the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders involved, and (3) a detailed stage-gate process describing all the key activities to be undertaken at each stage of the licensing and permitting process, including detailed activity checklists, technical appendices, and global case studies. (CNCA Innovation Fund, 2016)
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Climate Resiliency Planning in Michigan:  A project on effective roles for local governments in regional climate resiliency efforts in the Michigan Green Cities Network (MGC), modeled after the Green Cities California (GCC) model. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2016).
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Upscaling Green Vehicles: A report on the potential for promoting “green vehicles” in Northern Europe, highlighting the main observations, exchanges and recommendations identified during a workshop in Copenhagen, including an opportunity for collaboration between cities, car industry companies, energy companies, interest groups, and mobility operators. (CNCA Innovation Fund, 2016).
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Urban Agriculture Dissemination in the Heartland: Materials from the Heartland regional network's dissemination of best practices from the USDN Innovation Fund Urban Agriculture Scan and the role of local governments in the local food space. Deliverables include: (1) the final agenda of from a half-day workshop; (2) a summary of the pre-meeting survey results; and (3) an Urban Ag Checklist for Local Governments. (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.