Welcome to Sustainable City Network Magazine – the Best of sCityNetwork.com! This quarterly magazine is a compilation of the most popular articles on our web site and in our email newsletter, the InBox, which is delivered to more than 40,000 leaders in government, education and healthcare across the U.S. and Canada. Sustainable City Network produces advertiser-supported, non-partisan articles, webinars, trade shows and white papers that provide local institutions with quality, organized and timely information about sustainability projects, plans and best practices. This magazine is another way we fulfill our mission.
In this issue, we highlight a report by Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition, which indicates that more U.S. jurisdictions (222) passed complete streets policies in 2016 than in any previous year, and the total number of policies, nationally, has now reached 1,232. In the Best Complete Streets Policies of 2016 report, the organizations rate and assign points to each new policy. Three communities – Brockton, Mass., Missoula, Mont., and Wenatchee, Wash. – all scored the maximum 100 points. Find out how your community can join them.
In our cover story, you’ll learn how a complete streets approach integrates the needs of people and place in the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of transportation networks. The report also finds that, while the U.S. Surgeon General has recommended biking and walking as means of addressing the nation’s obesity epidemic, more needs to be done to provide safe, walkable neighborhoods, especially in the often-neglected areas where people of color and older adults reside.
In other top stories: Despite President Donald Trump’s efforts to slash environmental and social equity programs, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee recently approved a fiscal year 2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill that reflects a total allocation of $60.06 billion in discretionary spending, $2.4 billion above the current funding levels, and $12.1 billion above the president’s request. The bill disregards much of the president’s proposal to eliminate or underfund key programs, including TIGER, the Community Development Block Grant, and the HOME program, supported by virtually all the committee members.
Our Page 8 article by S&P Global Ratings reveals how Trump’s policies could affect the power sector and America’s fight against climate change in the coming years.
Other articles in this issue focus on how to work with hospitals on health and sustainability initiatives; a campaign to lower the voting age in local elections; recommendations on how to reduce speed-related traffic accidents; a report that shows low-income neighborhoods have more mosquitoes, and more.
The articles in this magazine have been selected by our readers. We’ve packaged them together in this convenient magazine format, available as a digital download or in print at sCityNetwork.com/Bestof.
We hope you find value inside.