Welcome to Sustainable City Network Magazine – the Best of sCityNetwork.com! 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 showcasing the city of Minneapolis, Minn., and its plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below 2006 levels by 2040.
In our cover story, you’ll hear from three members of the Minneapolis sustainability team, who describe the city’s effort to weave environmental justice into almost every sustainability program. Minneapolis Green Zones is a place-based policy initiative intended to reverse the unequal health, economic, employment, and education outcomes caused by historic and ongoing inequities in two designated areas of the city occupied primarily by low-income, indigenous people and communities of color. You can learn more about this program in a free 1-hour webinar featuring Minneapolis on Thursday, July 26. Register to attend live or download the recording later at https://sCityNetwork.com/Minneapolis.
In other top stories: We explore a problem facing millions of working parents around the world: finding affordable child care. This can be a nightmare for parents, but if the problem is systemic, it can have serious workforce and economic development consequences for communities struggling to grow. Experts say people who are unable to enter the workforce because they lack affordable, quality child care may miss opportunities to enter the job market. That, in turn, keeps skilled, available workers out of the hiring pool. Learn what leading communities are doing to address this vital need.
Other articles in this issue focus on the importance of science-based environmental monitoring; a new poll that shows Americans want clean air and water more than ever; the link between energy efficiency and clean air; and new EPA software that can help planning agencies and water utilities better understand the flows of water into, within, and out of their cities. Oh, and be sure to check out our back pages for a program preview of the Growing Sustainable Communities Conference, coming Oct. 2 and 3.
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 sCityNetwork.com/Bestof.
We hope you find value inside.