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Recently Released Innovation Products

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Regional Fugitive Methane Accounting: This project developed a methane emissions estimator tool that allows cities to identify natural gas leakage estimates that are specific to their region and utility. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2019)
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Vancouver Zero Emissions Building Exchange (ZEBx): This project co-funded the development of three case studies documenting GHG reduction successes and the lessons learned in improving the cost-effectiveness of implementing these projects. (CNCA Innovation Fund, 2019) 
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Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) in the Pacific Northwest: This project was designed so that the Cities of Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, BC could better understand the challenges and opportunities with the deployment of autonomous vehicles (AVs) in relation to their climate goals. The cities shared their research, approaches, and knowledge about AVs, and learned about AV policy efforts around North America. An AVs in the Pacific Northwest Baseline Report was developed and two workshops were held. (CNCA Innovation Fund, 2018)
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From Community Engagement to Ownership: This project developed an engagement plan with case studies so that city staff and frontline communities of color can work together towards racially equitable decision-making. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2019)
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Consumption and Urban De-carbonization - New Tools and Approaches: This project produced a downloadable consumption-based emissions inventory (CBEI) toolkit to support urban greenhouse gas reduction initiatives. (CNCA Innovation Fund, 2019)
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Thermal Decarbonization Initiative for Cities – Phase 2: This project implemented phase 2 of the Thermal Decarbonization Initiative for Cities. The project team designed and tested pilot programs to scale up demand for heat pumps and strengthen local supply chains - specifically in the small residential sector. An air source heat pump tool was created to provide a high-level estimate of GHG savings for installing air source heat pumps in 4 U.S. cities: Boulder, Burlington, New York City and Washington, D.C. (CNCA Innovation Fund 2019)
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Inspiring Local Action through Sustainable Marketing: Phase 2: Through this phase two project, ten diverse cities successfully applied the 2017 Innovation Fund Marketing for Action framework to develop strategic marketing campaigns and test scalability. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2019)
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USDN Socioeconomic Mapping Tool for Climate Risk Planning: This project produced a practical and scalable mapping tool that enhances cities’ ability to use socioeconomic information and connect it to climate risks. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2019)
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Human Centered Design Project: This project funded an in-depth workshop to explore human centered design techniques to help center racial equity and social justice in climate action planning. (CNCA Innovation Fund, 2019)
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Total System Performance Ratio Project: This project defined a minimum performance standard for HVAC systems in a single metric, with: (1) baseline systems for various building types; (2) calculation software; and (3) code language for incorporation at the city and state level. This standard has been proposed for incorporation into the Washington state energy code. (CNCA Innovation Fund, 2018)
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Capitalizing Carbon to Accelerate EV Charging Investments: This project developed an Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Methodology which has been accredited and published by the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). This methodology provides monitoring parameters to quantify emission reductions of EV charging infrastructure. (CNCA Innovation Fund, 2018).
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Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) in the Pacific Northwest: This project was designed so that the Cities of Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, BC could better understand the challenges and opportunities with the deployment of autonomous vehicles (AVs) in relation to their climate goals. The cities shared their research, approaches, and knowledge about AVs, and learned about AV policy efforts around North America. An AVs in the Pacific Northwest Baseline Report was developed and two workshops were held. (CNCA Innovation Fund, 2018)
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