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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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Community-Based Social Marketing (CBSM) in the Southeast: The Southeast Sustainability Directors Network (SSDN) collaborated to (1) plan, develop, and implement a CBSM campaign by providing expert-level educational resources tailored to each community; (2) foster sustainable behavior within participating communities; and (3) record and communicate insights on the CBSM methodology to the entire regional network. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2016)
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Smart Cities for Sustainability - A Sector by Sector Review: Building on the creation of the Getting Smart About Smart Cities Resource Guide and the Collective Voice of Cities (USDN Innovation Fund, 2014), this toolkit and framework is intended specifically for use by sustainability directors to delve more deeply into specific smart city approaches, technologies, and uses of data to advance their local sustainability goals. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2016).
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Sustainable Consumption Toolkit:  A comprehensive suite of resources to educate and activate local governments, including (1) the fundamentals of the concept of sustainable consumption and its relation to other sustainability efforts, (2) a database of local initiatives illustrating potential actions in land use/housing, procurement, climate action planning, economic development and other key policy sectors, (3) compelling stories to ground users in the tangible, concrete actions cities are already implementing, and (4) a portal to a wide variety of other useful resources. (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 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.