As the practitioner network for city sustainability directors, USDN generates substantial new knowledge that advances the urban sustainability field.

Grant programs

USDN members spur and scale innovations in urban sustainability by collaboratively developing policies, practices, tools, programs, performance standards, or organizational models, through three member grant programs: the USDN Innovation Fund, the USDN Peer Learning Exchange grant program, and the Partners for Places grant program.

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Innovation Products

Hundreds of products developed as a result of USDN grants ranging from climate change preparedness to energy, professional development, transportation, and more.

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Urban Sustainability Bulletin

Highlighting our members’ work on the cutting edge of urban sustainability innovation.

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High Impact Practices: Catalyzing Sustainability Impact

USDN member communities have led a process in 2017-18 to identify High Impact Practices (HIPs) to help USDN and its partners increase impact through more strategic investments.

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The USDN Innovation Fund is supported by generous foundation grants.

  • Barr Foundation
  • JPB Foundation
  • The Kresge Foundation
  • The McKnight Foundation
  • The Summit Foundation
  • Surdna Foundation