USDN's work is member led and member driven. Members collectively determine what priorities they will focus on each year and lead the work to carry them out. 

USDN Mission

Connecting local government practitioners to accelerate urban sustainability in U.S. and Canadian communities.

USDN Vision

USDN governments are leading the way to a sustainable, low-carbon future by developing, adopting, and sharing practices that create equitable and prosperous communities and a healthy environment.

Theory of Change

Peer exchange and collaboration between local government sustainability leaders catalyze the creation and implementation of urban sustainability solutions. The network creates change in the world by connecting members to share and learn from each other, incentivizing collaboration, and collectively leveraging resources.

USDN accomplishes its goal by focusing on four core objectives

  1. Maintain and Evolve the Peer Exchange Core
  2. Incentivize Innovation of High-Impact Sustainability Practices to Create Impact
  3. Accelerate Adoption of High-Impact Sustainability Practices to Create Impact
  4. Enhance Network Effectiveness

Read the Long-Term Strategic Plan » 

A Planning Committee serves as USDN’s governing body, with the responsibility to advance the strategic direction of the network. Members are fortunate to be supported by a managing director and staff who provide high-level leadership and day-to-day management. 

The Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance (CNCA or “Alliance”) is a collaboration of international cities committed to achieving aggressive long-term carbon reduction goals. The Alliance aims to address what it will take for leading international cities to achieve these deep emissions reductions and how they can work together to meet their respective goals more efficiently and effectively.

Learn more about CNCA »

USDN is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.