USDN Innovation Products from Partner Networks

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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.

Cascadia Region Urban Forestry and Adaptation Convening and Tree Procurement Paper: The Cascadia Regional Network convened experts and practitioners of urban forestry, municipal sustainability and planning, and climate adaptation to address adaptation opportunities for urban forestry. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2015)
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Local Government Role in California Adaptation Planning: The Green Cities California (GCC) regional network convened local government representatives from regional climate adaptation networks in California to clarify the most effective roles for local governments in regional public/private climate adaptation efforts. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2014). 
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Creating the Western Adaptation Alliance: The creation of a 7-city alliance in the inter-mountain west that focuses on advancing climate adaptation efforts regionally. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2011). 
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Innovation Lab - Refinement: Tools and guides to inform developing programs.

Climate Resiliency Planning in Michigan:  A project on effective roles for local governments in regional climate resiliency efforts in the Michigan Green Cities Network (MGC), modeled after the Green Cities California (GCC) model. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2016).
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Community Based Social Marketing for Drought Response in California:  USDN-affiliated regional network Green Cities California (GCC) adapted a USDN Innovation Fund project on community based social marketing to address drought response for staff members who are primarily responsible for municipal water programs. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2016).
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New England Design and Resiliency Teams: A collaborative effort to help the New England Municipal Sustainability Network (NEMSN) create Design and Resiliency Teams (DARTs) to help Providence RI and Belchertown MA identify strategic and paradigm shifting resiliency opportunities and to catalyze action. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2016).
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Southeast Equity and Energy Efficiency Toolkit: A toolkit to help build capacity for the Southeast Sustainability Directors Network (SSDN) members to integrate meaningful equity considering into their implementation of municipal sustainability policies and practices. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2016)
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Communicating Adaptation Data in the Heartland: The Heartland regional network identified opportunities to incorporate climate change impacts into local government public policy decisions and actions. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2015). 
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Southeast Adaptation Planning and Resiliency Handbook: Community resilience planning in the southeast context. The project resulted in an online Community Resilience Planning Handbook for communities across the Southeast. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2015). 
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Western Adaptation Allliance Extreme Weather Events Toolbox: The Western Adaptation Alliance (WAA) developed an Intermountain West/Southwest oriented Extreme Weather Toolbox. The WAA used the grant to hire CLIMAS (Climate Assessment for the Southwest) to develop the Toolbox. The Toolbox covers 5 hazards: heat, flooding, drought, wildfire, and wind (including dust storms and cyclonic events). (USDN Innovation Fund 2015).
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Adoption Accelerator - Standards Emerging and Scaling: Implementation examples to show how it is being done.

Utah Climate Action Network: This project focused on expanding the Utah Climate Action Network. Deliverables include a network coordinator job description, a replicable public climate change engagement strategy, a fundraising plan, a carbon footprint report, and a climate effort catalog by Utah organization. This network has become a policy and programmatic clearinghouse that promotes collaborative applications of best practices aligned with major climate impact areas: Water, Energy, Transportation, Public Health, Economy, and Land. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2017).
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St. Louis Sustainability Funders Network: The creation of a local sustainability funders network in Saint Louis to support the city's Sustainability Plan. (Partners for Places, 2012). 
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The Regional Sustainable Funders Network in Cincinnati OH: A project that created a regional sustainability funders network to build capacity for a regional sustainability alliance. (Partners for Places, 2012). 
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