The Urban Sustainability Accelerator (USA) helps cities implement sustainability projects, to move their proposals from a concept, a plan, a policy or action item, to reality. The project is made possible by the generous support of the Summit Foundation and the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University.
Cities selected for this program will be able to take advantage of a full year of personalized advice and consulting provided by individuals with decades of sustainability expertise.
Cities can benefit from the advice of experts in the following fields (among others):
- Creating active transportation networks.
- Creating multi-modal and mixed use corridors.
- Rail transit development and transit-facilitated development.
- Integration of land use and transportation planning at the project and system level in order to promote sustainable communities and reduce climate-changing pollution.
- Building green infrastructure and constructing green buildings, including LEED certified low-income housing
- Creating "ecodistricts" with features such as district heating (and cooling) and green storm water infrastructure.
- Urban redevelopment, residential and commercial infill and revitalization.
- Waste reduction (recycling, food composting, public, private, formal and informal materials re-use programs, latex paint recycling).
- Reduction or elimination of combined sewer overflows (separating storm water and sanitary sewer systems through large-scale and small scale investments and incentives).
- Regional natural areas protection.
- Improving consistency between land use goals and individual land use decisions meant to implement those goals.
- Techniques for curbing urban sprawl, including urban growth boundaries and rural conservation zoning and how to address associated fairness issues.