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SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: INITIATIVES, PROGRAMS, AND STRATEGIES FOR CITIES AND REGIONS

Urban Sustainability Associates (USA) is a non-profit network comprising national practitioners dedicated to advancing innovation in the application of sustainability strategies within urban centers. USA’s mission revolves around supporting urban regions in implementing large-scale sustainability solutions. The vision driving USA is the belief that significantly enhancing the environmental performance of urban areas can foster inclusive prosperity. Further details about USA and its range of services can be found at www.urbansustainabilityassociates.com.

USA focuses its efforts on six primary content areas:

  1. Sustainability Planning
  2. Energy Efficient Building Retrofits
  3. Sustainable Transportation
  4. Sustainable Economic Development
  5. Community Energy Planning
  6. Green Infrastructure

The network of USA members includes:

  • Center for Neighborhood Technology
  • CNT Energy
  • Innovation Network for Communities
  • JP Consulting
  • RW Ventures
  • Sustainable Systems
  • Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
  • Reconnect America
  • O-H Community Partners
  • Colorado University Initiative for Sustainable Development

This document presents the USA framework for implementing Sustainable Economic Development strategies in urban regions. The author, James Nixon, serves as the chairman of Sustainable Systems, Inc., a partner of USA, and is a co-author of the “Double Bottom Line Handbook.” Nixon played a pivotal role as a lead consultant in the development of Mission Verde, San Antonio’s Sustainability Plan, and Southwest Florida’s Climate Prosperity Strategy.

Future publications by USA will delve into other facets of its work, including large-scale building retrofits, sustainable transportation, transit- and cargo-oriented development, as well as green infrastructure initiatives.

Source:

Sustainable Economic Development.pdf (globalurban.org)

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