Sustainable City Network Magazine Vol. 24

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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 Nashville, Tenn., which is working hard to reduce its carbon footprint despite experiencing explosive population growth. Nashville, the “Music City,” boasts one of the most robust tree canopies in America and is planning to add 4,300 acres of new parks and 53 miles of new greenways, with the goal of ensuring every citizen lives within a 10-minute walk to a park.

In our cover story, you’ll meet Erin Hafkenschiel, director of transportation and sustainability for the city of Nashville, who will describe Mayor Megan Barry’s new three-year transportation plan, which includes an improved bus system, sidewalks, bikeways, car-sharing, synchronized traffic signals and a new light rail system. Don’t miss our Aug. 3 webinar featuring Nashville. Register or download the recording afterwards at

In other top stories: President Donald Trump is taking steps to roll back federal support of sustainability wherever possible. From slashing the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency and pulling America out of the Paris climate agreement, to rescinding former President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan and Climate Action Plan, Trump is aggressively cutting environmental and social programs across the board. But, his actions have not come without resistance. Mayors of more than 300 cities, representing a combined population of 63 million Americans, are fighting back, pledging to uphold the emission goals established by the Paris accord.

Other articles in this issue focus on urban design without displacement, innovative mobility solutions, Lean urbanism, the defunding of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, a plan for saving America’s public housing, and the latest research on how much parking is really needed in a transit-oriented development.

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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