As the practitioner network for city sustainability directors, USDN generates substantial new knowledge that advances the urban sustainability field.

USDN members spur and scale innovations in urban sustainability by collaboratively developing policies, practices, tools, programs, performance standards, or organizational models, through three member grant programs:  the USDN Innovation Fund, the USDN Peer Learning Exchange grant program, and the Partners for Places grant program.

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Innovation Products

Hundreds of products developed as a result of USDN grants ranging from climate change preparedness to energy, professional development, transportation, and more.

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Equity in Sustainability: A USDN Capacity Building Program

A professional development program for sustainability directors and their staff to master best practices for adding a racial equity lens to sustainability.

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The USDN Innovation Fund is supported by generous foundation grants.