Collaborative Innovation System

USDN’s programs are ever-evolving, allowing members to collaborate to address challenges and opportunities facing multiple cities. Data collection around these activities allows USDN to assess which innovations yield the most effective outcomes over time.

What began with a $100,000 collaboration fund in 2009 - captured in this 2013 report, The State of Innovation in Urban Sustainability - has evolved into two USDN-housed funds and two partner network funds. Together, these four funds have awarded over $15.9 million for over 344 projects that drive innovation, scaling, and adoption of urban sustainability practices. 

The USDN Funds. USDN is currently re-evaluating the network's re-granting strategy as a part of its strategic planning and fundraising process. Leadership is reflecting deeply on how to best support the work of members in years ahead and how re-granting funds can aid in these efforts. 

The Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance Funds support collaborations among international cities committed to achieving aggressive long-term carbon reduction goals.

The Partners for Places Fund, operated by The Funders Network, supports collaborations between a city and a local funder to build stronger relationships across sectors and support adoption of innovations in urban sustainability. 

Learn more about USDN collaborative projects »