USDN Innovation Products on Sustainability Planning

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

  • No USDN-Funded Products to Date

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.

No USDN-Funded Products to Date. 

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

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

Creating a Unified Community Vision for the Future of Syracuse’s Urban Forest: A project to create a public outreach campaign for urban forest master planning (Partners for Places, 2018).
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Development of an Office of Sustainability for Detroit: A project to develop a citywide Sustainability Office and eventually to create a sustainability plan for the City of Detroit (Partners for Places, 2018).
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Social Equity Through Sustainability Planning in Baltimore: A project to ensure social equity is a key consideration and lens in updating and implementing the city of Baltimore’s sustainability plan, in addition to becoming a model that can be replicated and used across departments (Partners for Places – Equity Pilot, 2016). 
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Building Equity into the Local Sustainability Plan in Providence: A project to better understand the needs of the city’s most vulnerable, address them in an updated sustainability plan and make equity a fundamental part of Providence’s Office of Sustainability’s work (Partners for Places – Equity Pilot, 2016).
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Committing to Inclusive Sustainability Action Hartford: A project to create a sustainability director position for the city and a climate action plan that comprehensively addresses energy, land use, transportation, waste and water usage. The plan will look at the root cause of climate change, including ways to improve air quality and reduce flooding, to improve the health and well-being of all residents (Partners for Places, 2016).
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Diverse Participation in Environmental Progress in Seattle WA: A project to create opportunities for all residents, especially people of color, immigrants, refugees, low-income, and those with limited-English proficiency, to fully participate in and benefit from Seattle’s environmental progress. (Partners for Places, 2015).
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GIS Tool to Integrate Environmental, Social, and Health Data in New Orleans LA: A project to create a GIS tool that collects environmental, social, and health outcome data to better inform the City and developers on how, where, and when to incorporate "green". (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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Community Energy Plan in Holland MI: An overview of a one community's energy plan for efficiency retrofits, energy audits, and building performance labeling. (Partners for Places, 2014). 
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Energy and Climate Action Implementation in Oakland CA: A project to engage community organizations and residents in the implementation of the City of Oakland’s Energy and Climate Action Plan. (Partners for Places, 2013).
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Energy and Climate Action Implementation in Binghamton NY: An energy efficiency retrofit project that also developed a Task Force to coordinate community engagement in the implementation of Binghamton’s Energy and Climate Action Plan. (Partners for Places, 2012). 
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