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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Tacoma WA Declares Climate Emergency
: Tacoma WA's City Council passed a resolution declaring a climate emergency in collaboration with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians Tribal Council.
Minneapolis MN Declares Climate Emergency
: Minneapolis MN declared a climate emergency, committing the city to establish a social cost of carbon and a Sustainable Building Policy, demonstrate collaborative and equitable climate actions, and push for advanced building energy performance in a coalition of cities statewide.
Portland OR Amends Fossil Fuel Terminal Ordinance
: The Portland OR City Council amended their zoning code to create a new land use category with development standards to limit the size of fossil fuel terminals and prohibit the expansion of storage capacity at existing terminals.
Social Equity and Community Engagement
USDN Members Among Top 10 Most Bikeable Cities
: Real estate blog Redfin ranked USDN Members Minneapolis MN, Portland OR, Chicago IL, Denver CO, San Francisco CA, Boston MA, Seattle WA, New York City NY, and Washington DC in its Top 10 U.S. Cities for Biking in 2020 based on neighborhood characteristics like access to bike lanes, hilliness, connectivity, and overall infrastructure.