Sustainable City Network Magazine Vol. 29

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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 showcasing the city of Cleveland, a true example of a city that is using sustainability to bring people together to reverse decades of population loss, disinvestment, racial discrimination and economic collapse.

In our cover story, you’ll hear from Cleveland’s Chief of Sustainability Matthew Gray, who will step you through the city’s new Climate Action Plan. He’ll explain how the city used a Racial Equity Tool to inform every decision throughout the building of the plan. You can learn more in a free 1-hour webinar featuring Cleveland on Thursday, Oct. 25. Register to attend live or download the recording later at

In other top stories: We feature an update on New York City’s One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City (OneNYC). This is the city’s strategic plan to foster growth, equity, sustainability, resiliency, diversity and inclusivity.  Mark Chambers, director of the Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Office of Sustainability, provides the details. You can also download our recent webinar, featuring Chambers, at

Other articles in this issue focus on how some cities are handling the disruptions caused by short-term vacation rental brokers like AirBnB; a recent study on upward mobility in small and rural communities; a report on the health of forests in the age of climate change; and a plan in Baltimore that seeks to reduce wasted food.

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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