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 continue our Leaderboard series by showcasing the Salt Lake City, Utah and its plan to achieve net-100 percent renewable electricity by 2032 while on its way to an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2040.
In our cover story, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and her sustainability team discuss their historic agreement with Rocky Mountain Power and a variety of solar projects that are already putting the city on track to reach its aggressive goals. Climate scientists say Salt Lake City is warming at two to four times the national average and dangerous ground-level ozone is regularly exceeding federal standards, which is turning up the heat on local officials committed to solving these serious problems. We’ll host a free 1-hour webinar featuring Salt Lake City on Thursday, April 19. Register to attend live or download the recording at http://sCityNetwork.com/SaltLakeCity.
In other top stories: We profile the city of Plano, Texas, which is struggling with the growing pains of a booming economy, which include deteriorating air quality along with mobility and affordable housing issues. Learn the innovative ways city officials are working with employers and other partners to solve these and other sustainability-related challenges. Don’t miss our May 17 webinar featuring Plano Sustainability & Environmental Education Manager Heather Merchant and staff as they show you how they’re getting it done. Register to attend live or on-demand at http://sCityNetwork.com/Plano.
Other articles in this issue focus on new online tools that help communities use trees for stormwater management; a look at how California is approaching environmental justice in urban planning; a Wyoming town that is purchasing land to protect is water resources; the sense of urgency at the United Nations now that the U.S. is pulling out of the Paris Accord; and a look at how green bonds are beginning to impact the U.S. municipal bond market.
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.