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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Accelerating Net-Zero High-Rise Residential Buildings: A report to examine the technical and economic feasibility of moving towards net-zero high-rise residential buildings in Australia and identifies pathways to accelerate their commercialization, designed to inspire Federal and State Government policy makers and the development industry to move rapidly toward buildings that go well beyond current requirements. (CNCA Innovation Fund, 2016).
Community Based Social Marketing for Drought Response in California: USDN-affiliated regional network Green Cities California (GCC) adapted a USDN Innovation Fund project on community based social marketing to address drought response for staff members who are primarily responsible for municipal water programs. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2016).
Natural Gas, Fuel Oil & Related Thermal Energy De-Carbonization Strategies: A project to develop strategies for decarbonizing thermal energy systems in different building types in two cities: residential and commercial/light industrial buildings in Boulder and municipal buildings in San Francisco. (CNCA Innovation Fund, 2016).
New Financial and Delivery Models for Retrofitting Buildings: A detailed assessment of the extent to which the energiesprong retrofitting model is transferable to London, through the development of a robust business case and barriers report, including practical steps needed to deliver the model in London and an introduction to the financial model. (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.