Policy and leadership

Smart Cities Council launched to accelerate global shift to smart, sustainable cities

Wed, 2013-05-29 02:43 -- SCC Staff

Cities around the world have a new ally in the fight to achieve prosperity and sustainability. More than a dozen top technology firms — including some of the world's largest — have formed the Smart Cities Council to provide cities with tools and best practices. Click to read the press release.

The Capacity Project targets sustainable economic growth

Sat, 2013-04-27 00:01 -- Liz Enbysk

Livermore, California became the inaugural community in The Capacity Project, a new initiative from Chevron and WattzOn to help provide sustainable local economic growth, help residents save money on power bills and help the local workforce gain skills for careers in cleantech industries.

Why a rural German village is getting international attention

Thu, 2013-03-28 00:04 -- Liz Enbysk

It's unlikely that many small rural villages get a lot of visitors from countries as diverse as Korea and the U.S., but little Feldheim, Germany does. And the visitors aren't coming as tourists. They want to find out how the village (population: 125) became Germany's first and so far only village that can say it's entirely energy self-sufficient.

How technology is playing a role in smarter, safer cities

Tue, 2013-03-26 05:00 -- Liz Enbysk

The executive director of UN Women told a forum on cities against poverty that technology is significantly supporting initiatives to make cities safer places. And she brought some issues to the discussion not often heard in smart cities discussions: women's participation and equal rights.

Solving Boston's urban challenges becomes a group effort

Tue, 2013-03-26 04:34 -- Liz Enbysk

The city of Boston, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Boston University are working with IBM to find new, smarter solutions to persistent urban challenges, including traffic congestion and streetlight management, energy efficiency, major event coordination, and water/sewer and airport management and maintenance.

Sensors help make Spanish port city a smart cities star

Tue, 2013-03-26 04:06 -- Liz Enbysk

Cities from Amsterdam and Stockholm to San Diego and Nanjing are reaching for the brass ring of sustainable, efficient and pleasant smart cities. But Santander, an old port city on Spain's Atlantic coast with the same financial problems nagging at many European cities, has already made it happen.