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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April 2021


 GHG Reduction


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Davis CA Begins Climate Action Plan Update: Davis CA launched an update of their 2010 CAP which will include time for community members to provide input and commentary on actions to take towards reaching a new neutrality target by 2040 instead of the original 2050 timeline.

Dublin CA Adopts a Climate Action Plan: Dublin CA adopted their Climate Action Plan with a commitment to reach carbon neutrality by 2045 and engage in focused action until 2030 including providing 100% renewable energy to every resident, retrofitting existing buildings, and building EV infrastructure.

Fort Collins CO Launches Climate Action Plan: Fort Collins CO City Council approved their Our Climate Future Plan, an update to their existing Climate Action, Energy Policy, and Road to Zero Waste plans, which focuses on equitable approaches to reducing GHG emissions by 80% below 2005 baseline levels by 2030, provide 100% renewable electricity, and achieve zero waste.

Lincoln NE Approves Climate Action Plan: The Lincoln NE City Council approved a 2021-2027 Climate Action Plan with a goal of reducing their GHG emissions 80% by 2050 through actions including transitioning to low-carbon energy, decarbonizing their transit system, and reducing waste.

San Diego CA Launches Community Choice Power Program: San Diego CA will transition to a new community choice energy provider which will power all city facilities with 100% renewable energy, moving them towards their CAP goal of 100% renewable energy sources by 2035.

Boston MA Completes First Phase of Building Efficiency Upgrades: Boston MA has completed the first phase of their Renew Boston Trust initiative, focused on investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy measures for municipal buildings, by upgrading 14 buildings.

Missoula County MT Conducting Building Energy Audit: Missoula County MT is conducting an in-depth energy audit of its two largest municipal facilities as part of their energy performance contract and move towards their goal of carbon neutrality by 2035.


Climate Resilience 


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Seattle WA Provides Tree Selection Tool: The Seattle WA Urban Forestry team released a tree selection tool to help residents select an appropriate tree for their space to ensure that it thrives and to further support their efforts to increase their canopy.


Social Equity and Community Engagement


 

Berkeley CA Approves Single Family Zoning Ban: The Berkeley CA City Council voted to end single-family zoning city-wide in an effort to remedy historic racist practices and provide more housing for low-income families.


Urban Sustainability 


10 USDN Members Recognized for Tech Innovations: USDN Members Atlanta GA, Boston MA, Chicago IL, Denver CO, Honolulu HI, Los Angeles CA, Madison WI, Phoenix AZ, Raleigh NC, and San Antonio TX were recognized by Business Insider for their efforts towards finding innovative ways to use technology to address infrastructure and environmental challenges.
Kansas City MO to Add EV Chargers to Streetlights: Kansas City MO and the nonprofit Metropolitan Energy will pilot the installation of EV chargers on 30 to 60 streetlights to make charging more accessible in areas that currently have limited options.


Montgomery County MD Approves Electric Bus Deal: Montgomery County MD approved the largest electric bus deal in the U.S., committing to a 16-year contract to lease 326 buses and moving towards replacing all 1,422 buses in their fleet over the next two decades.