Sustainable City Network Magazine Vol. 18

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Sustainable City Network Magazine, Vol. 18, is a compilation of the most popular articles on in the fourth quarter of 2015. (PDF)

In this issue, we continue our Leaderboard Series with a profile of Miami-Dade County in southeast Florida. Situated on the front lines of climate change, Miami-Dade is facing the realities of sea level rise. The ocean there has risen about 1 foot in the past century, and the rate at which it’s been rising has more than doubled since 1993. The county is already experiencing “sunny day flooding” during high-tide events, and trillions of dollars worth of development and infrastructure could be at risk in the coming decades.

In our cover story, you’ll meet Miami-Dade County’s Chief Resilience Officer Jim Murley and other officials who provide an update on the county’s efforts to respond to sea level rise and protect its fresh water supplies. Murley will also be featured in an upcoming free Sustainable City Network webinar (sign up for the live event or download the recording afterwards at

In other top stories: Learn how to bring your zoning ordinances into the 21st century in our Page 10 article that features research at the University of Wisconsin, a study of 32 cities of various sizes and how they’ve addressed sustainability in their development codes. Beginning on Page 12, we follow up to find out what infrastructure changes New York City has planned following Hurricane Sandy.

Other articles in this issue focus on the Net Zero Water Initiative in Fort Collins, Colo.; striking a balance between urban growth and habitat preservation; lessons learned from Iowa’s epic floods; equity and urban planning in Rhode Island; blight intervention and historic preservation; and large-scale composting.

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