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Sustainable City Network Magazine, Vol. 15, is a compilation of the most popular articles on sCityNetwork.com in the first quarter of 2015. (PDF)

As we wrap up a very cold and snowy winter in many parts of North America, our lead story is an encouraging feature about the recent surge in bicycle commuting, even through snow and bitter cold temperatures. Congratulations to the top U.S. cities for rates of bicycle commuting: Davis, Calif. (19.1%), Boulder, Colo. (12.1%), Palo Alto, Calif. (9.5%), Eugene, Ore. (8.7%). Even cities in some much colder climates made the top 10, including Cambridge, Mass. (8.5%), Madison, Wis., (6.3%) and Missoula, Mont. (6.2%).

In other top stories: Learn how a “rails-to-trails” partnership between Johnson City and Elizabethton, Tenn., focused on history and natural heritage to create economic and community development opportunities. The 10-mile “Tweetsie Trail” is nearly complete and is enhancing the educational, recreational, business, employment and quality of life opportunities for citizens of both communities.

The Parklands of Floyds Fork in and near Louisville, Ky., (Page 9) is featured in an article that explores how parks can use green infrastructure on a regional scale to manage urban growth and popularly-supported community development.

Other articles in this issue focus on a biomass combined heat and power installation in Sullivan County, N.H.; an application that tracks sustainability progress in Marin County, Calif.; ideas for reducing concrete waste; how to connect with and recruit volunteers of all ages;  RecycleMania, a college recycling competition between millions of students in 48 states; a nursing shortage that threatens to become a critical economic development and workforce concern for local communities and regions; and how to use crowdsourcing to gather public input.

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