USDN Innovation Products on District Scale Solutions

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 Innovation Lab - Concept Developing and Prototyping: Learning resources to understand the topic.

Innovation Lab - Refinement: Tools and guides to inform developing programs.

Adoption Accelerator - Standards Emerging and Scaling: Implementation examples to show how it is being done.


Innovation Lab - Concept Developing and Prototyping:

Learning resources to understand the topic.

Multi-User Microgrids & District Energy Analysis: A peer-learning process to explore emerging best practices related to developing multi-user microgrids and district energy projects in U.S. cities, including a workshop, a scoping white paper, and additional analyses focusing on ownership models, value streams, and legal barriers for potential multi-owner microgrids. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2016).
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EcoDistrict Program: An effort that created the North American EcoDistricts Program Design. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2012). 
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Innovation Lab - Refinement: Tools and guides to inform developing programs.

Integrated Whole Energy System Decarbonization Strategy:  A strategy for transitioning to district-scale low-carbon energy systems in three communities in Boulder, Seattle and Minneapolis, including a Energy System Transformation Playbook and Executive Summary and transformation strategies for each community. (CNCA Innovation Fund, 2016).
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EcoDistrict Toolkit: An EcoDistricts Policy Toolkit, training module, policy frameworks, and actionable strategies for district scale sustainability initiatives. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2014). 
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Adoption Accelerator - Standards Emerging and Scaling: Implementation examples to show how it is being done.

Austin 2030 District: A project to launch the Austin 2030 District, a voluntary initiative to reduce energy and water consumption and carbon emissions from Austin buildings. (Partners for Places, 2015).
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Engagement through Arts and Community Organizing in Madison WI: A project to utilize the arts and community organizing to empower residents of diverse neighborhoods to identify and pursue neighborhood sustainability goals. (Partners for Places, 2015).
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Neighborhood Greening in Louisville, KY: A project to implement a neighborhood-scale greening plan in a socioeconomically and environmentally-deprived neighborhood; this project will assess the impact of the natural environment on human health. (Partners for Places, 2015).
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Neighborhood Resiliency in Baltimore MD: A project to increase and enhance resiliency in neighborhoods most vulnerable to the impacts of natural hazards and climate change. (Partners for Places, 2015).
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Stamford 2030 District: A resilient, high-performance building district in downtown Stamford with goals to dramatically reduce demand for energy and water resources and increase resiliency by 2030. (Partners for Places, 2015).
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Urban Village Centers in Indianapolis IN: A project to support early action projects in the creation of three vibrant urban village centers in Indianapolis by enhancing livability, opportunity, vitality, and education. (Partners for Places, 2015).
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