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Sustainable City Network Magazine, Vol. 20, is a compilation of the most popular articles on sCityNetwork.com in the second quarter of 2016. (PDF)

In this issue, we continue our Leaderboard Series with a profile of Kansas City, Mo. You’ll learn how the city is pushing to make sure its most vulnerable citizens have access to nutritious food, quality healthcare, affordable housing, education and employment opportunities, safe neighborhoods and amenities like trails, parks and green spaces that promote a healthy lifestyle.

In our cover story, you’ll meet Dennis Murphey, chief environmental officer and leader of Kansas City’s Office of Environmental Quality, along with several of his colleagues who share numerous lessons learned and best practices discovered over 10 years of work on building energy, green infrastructure, transit-oriented development and many other programs. Murphey and Sustainability Coordinator Gerald Shechter will also be featured in an upcoming free Sustainable City Network webinar (sign up for the live event or download the recording afterwards at http://sCityNetwork.com/KansasCity).

In other top stories: Discover a new idea for recycling used tennis balls (did you know there are more than 325 million of them discarded every year? On Page 12, you’ll learn what cities can do to help bees and other pollinators thrive. Believe it or not, this is not just a rural issue. Cities can make a huge difference by creating urban pollinator habitats primarily on the islands and borders of parking lots and transit corridors.

Other articles in this issue focus on south Florida’s concerns about sea-level rise; the current state of infrastructure in our nation’s parks; turning wastewater biogas into energy or fuel; protecting neighborhoods from the potential pitfalls of gentrification; and a look at what Tennessee is doing to preserve the legacy of the Rosenwald Schools for southern black children in the early 20th Century.

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