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.

High-Impact Practices

USDN’s High Impact Practices (HIPs) are the priorities in which USDN programming is helping members take impactful actions to advance equity, GHG reduction, and resilience. These are practices where USDN members are leading and counting on USDN to support their learning, collaboration, and action.

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Impact Evaluation

This report presents the findings of an impact evaluation of USDN completed by Ross Strategic and Ullman Consulting in 2020/21. It explores the effectiveness of the organization, network and program delivery as whole, and helps inform USDN’s program design and strategic development. Note: data gathering and analysis generally focused on activities with the most longevity and/or widespread implementation and as such does not reflect all current programming or new innovations.

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Strategic Planning

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. 

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