New and Improved Sustainable Consumption Toolkit for Cities
The Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) is pleased to announce the release of its updated Sustainable Consumption Toolkit: https://sustainableconsumption.usdn.org/
With a growing public awareness that our consumer society is increasingly at odds with a sustainable future, cities can draw inspiration from this a one-of-a-kind resource to address consumption in local policy, programs and projects. The updated content captures the latest research and on-the-ground innovation around the topic with two important additions:
–Consumption is a key driver of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but it is often overlooked in climate action planning. This guidebook provides advice for local governments seeking to measure and manage their carbon footprint using consumption-based emissions inventories (CBEIs). This guidebook was written by Derik Broekhoff, Peter Erickson, and Georgia Piggot of the Stockholm Environment Institute, with support from Babe O’Sullivan and the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance.
– Given the pervasiveness of consumption in the culture and economy, communicating about the issue and gaining support within municipal governments is challenging. The Smart Shift report provides municipal leaders with analysis and guidance on how to frame the issue and engage stakeholders in shifting consumption patterns.
The Toolkit introduces the concept of sustainable consumption and highlights strategies that cities can take to advance it at the community level. The web-based resource is designed to meet two important needs: 1) provide a clear and concise framing of key concepts that reveals how consumption is at the heart of many of the sustainability challenges cities are facing, and 2) showcase specific examples of initiatives cities are already using to reduce the impacts of consumption and foster a new sense of individual and community prosperity.
Join over 8,000 sustainability professionals and researchers who have used the Toolkit since it was first launched in 2016. For more information, please contact Babe O’Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org or (971) 212-2724.