Urban Sustainability Directors Network

The Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) is a rapidly evolving North American network of 100-plus municipal sustainability directors who are on the front lines of addressing climate change and collaborating on local innovations for sustainability. INC has provided network development, facilitation and innovation fund management services to USDN. INC has been working with USDN since its inception in 2008.

Evolution of Urban Sustainability Offices
Posted: 11/05/2017
A one-page map on the evolution of urban sustainability offices – their functions, structure, staffing, required disciplines and programming.
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USDN Network Case Study
Posted: 11/05/2017
A case study on USDN developed by the Kellogg Management School.
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USDN Innovation Fund Presentation to Funders
Posted: 11/05/2017
An April 10, 2012 presentation to 20 funders on the USDN innovation fund.
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Urban Sustainability Directors - Professional Development
Posted: 11/05/2017
In this report for the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, INC's Peter Plastrik, partnering with O-H Community Partners, developed a set of strategic recommendations for professional development of local government sustainability directors, a new job emerging in the field of urban sustainability.
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Guidebook for Building Regional Urban Sustainability Networks
Posted: 11/05/2017
INC's Peter Plastrik partnered with Julia Parzen, coordinator of the Urban Sustainability Network Directors, to develop a practical guide for development of regional networks of sustainability directors. Much of the material can be used by anyone building a network.
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Using Networks to Advance Environmental Goals
Posted: 01/01/1601
This presentation to the Consultative Group on Bio-Diversity uses the Urban Sustainability Directors Network as a case study in how networks can be used to advance environmental goals.
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USDN 2013 Innovation Fund Report
Posted: 01/01/1601
This report describes the operations of the Innovation Fund of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, as well as the investments in urban sustainability innovations made by the fund in 2013.
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