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 weekly e-newsletter, the InBox, which is now delivered to more than 40,000 municipal professionals and elected officials across the U.S. and Canada. Sustainable City Network, Inc. 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 explore the many benefits of living in a smaller home. While new homes in America are still near the record size of 2,521 sq. ft., set in 2007, there is a movement afoot that suggests downsizing can save energy, time and money, without compromising comfort.
In our cover story, you’ll meet Marianne Cusato, perhaps best known for her work on the Katrina Cottages, homes as small as 300 sq. ft. that were built to provide housing for those who lost their homes in Hurricane Katrina. She now designs many houses that are in the 1,000 - 1,200 sq. ft. range.
In other top stories: You’ll learn how northern cities are keeping their streets clear during the winter that never seems to end; we’ll offer a few ideas on what to do with those empty big box stores; we’ll show you how educators are using “walking school buses” to fight childhood obesity while reducing greenhouse gas emissions; and we’ll provide a primer on incorporating social equity into urban planning.
Other articles in this issue focus on the effects of declining population in rural America; the latest design guidelines for transit oriented development; creative ways to finance sustainability; high-speed rail; biomass energy; and local food hubs that provide relief to inhabitants of urban food deserts.
The articles in this magazine have been selected by our readers. We’ve packaged them together in this convenient magazine format, available in print or as a digital download.
We hope you find value inside.