USDN Innovation Products on Public Policy

Table of Contents

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.

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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Deep Carbon Reductions in the Transport Sector - Impacts on Affordability and Displacement: A case on Portland OR and the impact of deep carbon reductions in transportation on displacement and gentrification, including household research on the neighborhood, a literature review on transit-oriented development and gentrification, a rental properties typology report, a memo on population change, and an emissions summary. (CNCA Innovation Fund, 2016).
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A New England Food Systems Scan: A scan of effective practices to advance urban agriculture and food systems, including policies, programs, and models. (USDN Special Project, 2013). 
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Understanding the Barriers to Commercial PACE: Report based on a survey of mortgage lenders identifying barriers to scaling up Commercial PACE programs and ways to address these barriers. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2012). 
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Urban Agriculture Scan: A scan of effective practices to advance urban agriculture and food systems, including policies, programs, and models. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2012). 
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Innovation Lab - Refinement: Tools and guides to inform developing programs.

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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Sustainable Purchasing Playbook for Cities:  A playbook for sustainability directors and city teams interested in launching or strengthening sustainable purchasing efforts, including analytical tools, best practices, implementation tips, and recommendations to help cities prioritize and then pursue sustainable purchasing opportunities. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2016).
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Building Energy Benchmarking 1.0: Lessons from early adopters of commercial building energy disclosure and benchmarking policies. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2012). 
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Building Energy Benchmarking 2.0: Common strategies to work with building owners in the marketplace to see energy benchmarking policies turn into energy efficiency upgrades. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2014). 
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Office Building Energy Benchmarking: Office Building Benchmarking Guide to help cities design and implement effective energy benchmarking and performance recognition programs for hard-to-reach sectors, like smaller Class B or C office buildings. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2014).
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Adoption Accelerator - Standards Emerging and Scaling: Implementation examples to show how it is being done.

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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Energy Efficiency in New Construction in Ithaca NY: A project to make Ithaca more energy efficient by evaluating the policy tools the city can use to incentivize or mandate green building standards for new construction. (Partners for Places, 2016).
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Cincinnati Food Fund and Fellowships: A project to enhance and strengthen Cincinnati’s regional food system through civic engagement, new policies, and creation of a Cincy Food Fund and food fellowships. (Partners for Places, 2015).
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Self-Sufficiency in a Regional Food System in Boston: A study of the opportunity for self-sufficiency of Boston’s regional food system. (Partners for Places, 2014). 
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