Sustainable City Network Magazine Vol. 23

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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, we continue our Leaderboard series by profiling the city of Palo Alto, Calif., which took its name from a 1,000-year-old redwood tree that still stands in a tiny park on the edge of town. One of the wealthiest and most educated cities in the country, Palo Alto is a leader in the struggle to make American cities sustainable for future generations.

In our cover story, you’ll meet Gil Friend, chief sustainability officer for the city of Palo Alto, and several of his colleagues, who will step you through the city’s new Sustainability and Climate Action Plan. The plan, just adopted in November, calls for the city to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 80 percent below the 1990 level by the year 2030. Yes, it’s an aggressive goal, but they’re already nearly half way there!

In other top stories: Speaking of trees, on Page 10 you’ll learn how the Arbor Day Foundation can help your community start a local tree distribution program or enhance an existing one. Tools are provided to help brand and promote your program, educate citizens and take online orders.

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are down 11.6 percent since 2007. Our article on Page 12 explains how it happened.

Other articles in this issue focus on inclusionary housing policies, creating sustainable public swimming pools, designing streets that are safer for pedestrians, using food hubs to help supply school cafeterias, and the latest on driverless car technologies.

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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