10 Cities Taking a Nature-Driven Approach to InnovationLeave a Comment
- Our most advanced and sophisticated cities also need to be sustainable and preserve natural areas
- The smartest cities in the world are integrating nature to create a truly sustainable city.
BY SKIP DESCANT / AUGUST 4, 2017 read full govtech article here
It’s not enough for the country’s most advanced and sophisticated cities to be at the forefront of technological innovation with “smart” parking meters or informational kiosks. They also need to be sustainable and show an ability to preserve natural areas, according to Anil Ahuja, an engineering professional regarded as the “Smart Cities Guru” and author of the 2016 book Integration of Nature and Technology for Smart Cities.
Ahuja has compiled the Top Ten U.S. Cities Integrating Nature & Technology report to highlight which cities are leaders at balancing new technology with good nature policies.
“A smart city doesn’t just provide technology or economic solutions,” he said in a statement. “The smartest cities in the world are integrating nature to create a truly sustainable city. I have identified a number of cities in the United States that are excellent examples for other smart cities to model themselves after.”
…[For example] Portland, Ore., promotes energy efficiency through a number of residential, commercial and government initiatives. It was the first city to create a local action plan to reduce carbon emissions. Portland aims to reduce emissions by 40 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050.
Ahuja’s top cities for integrating nature and technology listed alphabetically are:
- Boston – Engaging its citizens through crowdsourced mobile technology to enable smart government.
- Chicago – Leveraging data to make cities healthier, more efficient and more livable.
- Los Angeles – Leveraging big data, mobile and cloud based technologies to save energy and improve efficiency.
- New York – Maximizing real-time traffic information to reduce congestion, improve the flow of traffic and decrease carbon emissions.
- Orlando – Recognized for its approach to smart operation of transportation, security and emergency management and energy waste reduction programs.
- Portland, Ore. – Investing in IoT sensor networks and leveraging smart agriculture applications and big data to benefit the local region.
- San Diego – Adopting the Climate Action Plan, which will improve public health and air quality, conserve water, and use current resources more efficiently.
- San Francisco – Multiple initiatives including waste reduction, electric car charging and building performance optimization.
- Seattle – A pioneer and leader for establishing and increasing the adoption of green standards.
- Washington, D.C. – A leader in smart mobility and for its ratio of park acres to citizens.