Posts in Sustainability
It's time to address the standards, risks and norms of investing for impact

While there are some challenges that both investors and businesses face in creating a net positive impact, there are still ways in which we can ensure that investments are positively impacting society.

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Smart infrastructure challenge announces winners of $50 million in seed funding

StateScoop — Four development teams have taken home top prizes in a competition for advanced infrastructure proposals, each securing up to $10 million in investment capital.

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Winners announced in first Smart Infrastructure Challenge

Smart Cities Dive — Four cross-jurisdictional teams took home the top cash prizes in the first Smart Infrastructure Challenge, hosted by smart city and technology strategy firm Venture Smarter.

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'Technology alone cannot solve our problems': Top takeaways from Smart Regions Conference

Smart Cities Dive — Speakers in Columbus, OH, emphasized the need for cities to put people first, but the age gap between elected leaders and smart city proponents could be a hindrance.

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JPMC's $500M AdvancingCities Initiative seeks to drive inclusive growth in communities around the world

The AdvancingCities Challenge will make investments of up to $3 million in cities to support creative, collaborative and sustainable solutions that address cross-cutting challenges to help more people benefit from a growing economy.

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Snapshots of "Designing Waste: Strategies for a Zero Waste City"

Achieving zero waste in a community or business requires a group effort. From government leaders, business operators and landlords to architects, designers and residents, participation from all parties is needed in order for waste reduction goals to be set and achieved.

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The Role of Utilities in Advancing Smart Cities

Explosive population growth along with economic competition, rapidly advancing technologies and environmental concerns are challenging cities across the country to become more efficient, adapt to new expectations and be better stewards of the planet. The electric utilities serving those communities are confronted with a changing marketplace they must adapt to while driving solutions at the same time.

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Buffalo Niagara Smart Region — Smart Infrastructure Challenge

The Buffalo Niagara region is writing a new story — a story about how a "rust belt" region is retooling itself in the 21st century to meet the real challenge of how to live more sustainably in an era of economic and demographic change and environmental uncertainty.

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Prioritizing Sustainability in Smart Cities

Sustainability - social inclusion, community development, environmental protection, impact mitigation, and economic growth - must go hand in hand with 'smart' growth and development across cities and regions. Let us look at three key sectors where changes can be implemented today.

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Power brokers: Boston to join other cities to collectively buy energy from renewable sources

At the start of a series of conferences involving mayors from across the country, Mayor Martin J. Walsh plans to announce Thursday an effort to team up with cities from Orlando to Los Angeles to collectively buy renewable energy, hoping a collaboration of cities will increase their buying power to cut down on costs and spur incentives to create green energy.

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Resilient Smart Regions: Assessing and Mitigating Risk

At the Second Annual Smart Cincy Summit leaders engaged in a panel discussion and open Q&A focused on assessing and mitigating risks ranging from cyber-physical security to environmental impact.

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Why building a dynamic smart city requires an equally-dynamic network

Successfully harnessing these advanced technologies, such as sensors, video, smart meters, analytics, to achieve goals like optimizing energy efficiency, improving public safety, and autonomous transportation requires a network as dynamic as a city itself.

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Financing the Future of Water Infrastructure Just Got a Whole Lot Easier

It is hardly surprising that this policy clarification, finalized by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) in a unanimous vote, failed to make headlines, or even any news. But given the vital implications for water utilities and their communities nationwide, it probably should have.

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Technology: using power for good

New technologies can enhance the work of development groups from grassroots to global, but with this new potential comes the responsibility to understand the risks.

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