The USA Sustainable Cities Initiative: Lessons for City-Level SDG Action


In September 2015, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network partnered with leading academic institutions through the USA Sustainable Cities Initiative to pilot technical processes for long-term strategies on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in three U.S. cities: New YorkSan José, and Baltimore. As the USA-SCI pilot cities pioneered sub-national processes of SDG localization, they found that the SDGs have utility in guiding, providing more coherence, and promoting equity and inclusion in sustainability efforts.



Prepared by Sandra Ruckstuhl with Jessica Espey and Leslie Rae, Sustainable Development Solutions Network