Sustainable City Network Magazine Vol. 12

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Sustainable City Network Magazine, Vol. 12, is a compilation of the most popular articles on in the second quarter of 2014. (PDF)

In this issue, we continue our Leaderboard Series with a close-up look at the city of Austin, Texas. Austin learned early on that unbridled development took a toll on the quality of live in a city that cherished its natural assets. When a popular spring-fed pool began to get spoiled by upstream development in the early 1990s, Austin responded by developing the first green building code in the U.S., and it’s been a leader in sustainability ever since.

In our cover story, you’ll meet Lucia Athens, Austin’s chief sustainability officer, and Bob Gedert, the city’s resource recovery director, who share the framework and innovative strategies they’ve developed over the past four years as Austin has accelerated its efforts to reduce emissions and build resiliency against climate change.

In other top stories: You’ll learn how Massachusetts plans to implement a new composting mandate, requiring large food handlers to divert food scraps from landfills beginning in October. And, if your community has one of the estimated 50,000 closed and abandoned gas stations in the U.S., check out our report on Page 12 and learn the best practices for cleaning up and redeveloping those eye sores.

Other articles in this issue focus on financing sustainability, sea-level rise, land banks, urban food deserts, climate change, and a story about an Iowa State University researcher who has discovered an unexpected source of fiber in food waste that increases its potential for making renewable fuel.

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