Recently Released Innovation Products

Recently Released Innovation Products

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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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Pathways to EV: Preparing for the Proliferation of Electric Vehicles in the Midwest: This project enabled USDN members and partners to catalog existing Electric Vehicle (EV) infrastructure tools and policies, and to create a regional-level EV infrastructure toolkit that presents a pathway for city and utility sectors to prepare for EV deployment in their communities. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2018)
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Ensuring Equity in Energy Transformation and Innovation: This project developed actionable resources for local governments and partners to use in advancing social equity in clean energy program design and implementation in their communities. Products included a guidebook for equitable clean energy program design, an inventory of best practice programs, and four in-depth case studies. This work outlines a path forward for municipalities and their partners to create programs that prioritize making clean energy technologies accessible and beneficial to low- and moderate-income households, communities of color, and indigenous communities. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2018)
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Net Zero Program Excellence – A Community of Practice in Australia: This project engaged a cohort of Austrailan cities to align around the application of a values-based approach to communication and engagement. This approach is designed to catalyse action for net-zero carbon outcomes. Three successful workshops facilitated a learning environment that resulted in tools to enable city campaign planning. (CNCA Innovation Fund, 2018)
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The London Energiesprong Trial Project: The Energy Leap project is seeking to adapt the Energiesprong model for the UK, testing innovative ways to deliver net zero energy refurbishments for up to ten demonstrator properties, and helping overcome some of the barriers to delivering zero carbon retrofit at scale. This report summarizes progress and shares the lessons learned to date from London’s effort to understand whether the Energiesprong model can be successfully transferred to London. (CNCA Innovation Fund, 2018)
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How to Scale Corporate Renewable Electricity PPAs in Australia: This project enabled knowledge sharing and replication efforts stemming from the Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (MREP). The project was designed to be shared to encourage further PPAs. Activities include: undertaking market research and stakeholder mapping, developing a replication strategy, developing a procurement manual and replication guide, raising awareness about the opportunity for corporate power purchase agreements, and hosting a customer engagement and knowledge sharing program. (CNCA Innovation Fund, 2018)
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