Sustainable City Network Magazine Vol. 22

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Welcome to Sustainable City Network Magazine – the Best of! 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, you’ll find articles that demonstrate how institutions, researchers and industry professionals are applying triple-bottom-line approaches to energy, transportation, environmental and development initiatives that benefit society today, without adversely impacting future generations.

In our cover story, you’ll learn what a study conducted in the suburbs of Des Moines, Iowa, discovered when it compared the cost of maintaining and replacing infrastructure in a low-density housing development versus a medium-density development in the same town. Spoiler alert: even though the low-density development contains homes with higher property values, it will take 100 years for it to generate enough tax revenue to pay for replacing the infrastructure (twice as long as the medium-density development). And here’s the problem: that infrastructure won’t last 100 years.

In other top stories: We point out one of the most under-rated, and sometimes unappreciated, assets in many small towns across America: the public library. You might take it for granted, but trust us, you’ll miss it when it’s gone. Learn how libraries are adapting to stay relevant in an evolving world.

Victory Gardens helped feed America when much of its agricultural output went to the war effort during World War II. Today, they’re being used to fight the war on poverty in America’s inner cities. Our spotlight on urban gardens in Memphis, Tenn., showcases a variety of grassroots projects that are making a significant dent in the city’s 70 food deserts, where residents live more than a mile away from a grocery store.

Other articles in this issue focus on energy conservation and efficiency, citizen engagement, connected infrastructure, deconstruction, and taking a community approach to fighting poverty, among other topics.

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

We hope you find value inside.

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