Organizations address smart city challenges

Think tank
London meeting

A London-based think tank recently surveyed city leaders and corporate executives. Survey participants were asked about smart cities. Of the 105 respondents, 76% answered that smart cities do not exist.
That belief does not erase significant progress seen worldwide in leveraging technology. Whether or not the ribbon has been cut, tomorrow’s communities and workplaces are being planned and constructed with improved transportation, greater public safety, and better connection to optimized services.[1]

Cities have taken on the challenge to develop in ways that gain every advantage of technological change. National and international organizations are collaborating to plan their smart cities:

The United States Conference of Mayors is bringing civic leaders together as the Mayors Leadership Institute on Smart Cities (ISC) Participants at ISC events share their knowledge and best practice experience in setting standards, evaluating competitive solutions, and finding the essential financing.[2]

Each city delegation brings an initiative to be refined. Relevant experts lead discussions and case study analysis of the initiatives. As ideas are exchanged, initiatives take further shape and lessons learned are shared.

In Europe, collaboration extends beyond envisioning, into implementation. The European Smart City website list more than 100 projects. The list includes seven municipalities that are collaborating on a social housing project. In another instance, 28 cities are promoting entrepreneurship and circular economies.[3]

News and Notes items accompany the longer articles found in ecoPreserve’s newsletter, Sharing Sustainability. Several issues of the newsletter can be previewed here.

Alexa Stone
LEED AP, Sustainable Facility Professional, Envision Sustainability Professional - - Alexa has more than 25 years of experience in sustainable and Smart Cities development. Her strategic planning work has served local, state, and federal government, higher education, and private industry. Alexa founded ecoPreserve in 2009 as a team of 3 and has grown the company to over a dozen of the brightest sustainability and project management professionals in the industry.
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