USDN now helps partners, sustainability professionals, and our followers stay up to date with USDN members' innovations through the Urban Sustainability Bulletin, formally known as the Innovation Report. This newsletter highlights key updates from USDN as well as key accomplishments from our member communities to give you a sense of what is happening in the field of urban sustainability and particularly our three focus areas - GHG Reduction, Climate Resilience, and Social Equity.

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September 2020


 GHG Reduction


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Eugene OR Approves Community Climate Action Plan 2.0: The Eugene OR City Council approved an updated Climate Action Plan with a focus on centering equity, moving toward carbon neutrality, reducing fossil fuel use, and adapting to climate change.

Leon County FL Receives SolSmart Gold Designation: Leon County FL is one of the first counties in Florida to achieve SolSmart Gold designation, a program recognizing local governments that streamline solar permitting requirements and take other steps to encourage solar development, like a three-day turnaround time for small rooftop solar PV permits.

Asheville NC to Install 7 MW of Solar Energy: Asheville NC is partnering with Buncombe County NC, the local community college, and city and county schools to install nearly 7 MW of on-site solar energy on rooftops, ground mounts, and parking canopies.


Climate Resilience 


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King County and Seattle WA Lead Heat Mapping Project: King County and Seattle WA are conducting a heat mapping project to identify which areas are most likely to experience the harmful health effects of rising temperatures through ground-level temperature data.

New Orleans LA Works to Implement Flooding Solutions: New Orleans LA is collaborating with Umbrella, a coalition of local nonprofits, to develop innovative, community-led strategies to alleviate flooding in the city.

Shoreline WA Releases Climate Impacts and Resiliency Study: Shoreline WA recently completed a Climate Impacts and Resiliency Study that identified climate change impacts and areas of vulnerability with a core focus on its surface water system and developed a storymap, sector-specific factsheets, and a GIS mapping tool.

Charlottesville VA Joins Forest and Trees Carbon Accounting Cohort: Charlottesville VA is participating in the 2020 cohort for ICLEI's Forest and Trees Carbon Accounting technical assistance program to assess the emissions and removals of carbon through forestry and urban tree management.


Social Equity and Community Engagement


 

Boston MA Receives Approval for Community Choice Electricity Program: Boston MA received approval from the state to move forward with a Community Choice Electricity Program, which will provide its residents with safe, affordable, and renewable electricity.

Chicago IL to Create New Air Quality Agenda: Chicago IL announced plans to create an agenda based on data from its Air Quality and Health Report to both improve air quality and promote equitable economic growth, particularly in communities of color which experience greater environmental and economic disparities.


Urban Sustainability 


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Berkeley CA Adopts Electric Mobility Roadmap: Berkeley CA adopted its first Electric Mobility Roadmap, identifying goals, strategies, and actions to create a fossil fuel-free transportation system while ensuring equitable access to the benefits of clean transportation.

Knoxville TN Upgrades 30,000 Outdoor Light Fixtures: Knoxville TN completed a city-wide street lighting upgrade, changing 30,000 light fixtures to LED to help achieve their sustainability goals of reducing both energy usage and carbon emissions.