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New Initiative for Resource-Efficient Cities Launched at Rio+20

June 19, 2012 - in Projects, Smart Cities

The United Nations and its partners today unveiled a new initiative to achieve sustainable urban development by promoting the efficient use of energy, water and other resources, lowering pollution levels and reducing infrastructure costs in cities. The Global…

Water and Wastewater Professionals Gain Geospatial Insight

June 19, 2012 - in Announcement, Projects, Wastewater

Geospatial technology water and wastewater professionals from around the world will convene in San Diego July 23-27 for the Esri International User Conference…

Adrian Benepe Joins The Trust for Public Land as Director of Urban Programs

June 18, 2012 - in Corporate, Projects

Adrian Benepe, New York City's Commissioner of Parks and Recreation for the past decade, will become Senior Vice President of City Park Development at…

Autodesk BIM 360 Heralded as Next-Generation BIM

June 18, 2012 - in Corporate, Featured, Projects

Today, Autodesk revealed their next-generation building information modeling tools, that expand on the intelligent and model-based design process where both form and function help predict outcome and take into account impacts. BIM 360 extends the concept of…

Whitepaper: The Vital Role of ICT in Smart Cities

June 15, 2012 - in Projects, Smart Cities

As the existing Electric Grid moves toward clean energy, a smart grid will become essential to controlling the flow of energy from power companies to the consumer. Meanwhile, the demand for electricity continues to grow across the globe at an alarming rate.…

Grand Rapids (MI) and Beaverton (OR) Win First Place Honors For Local Climate Protection Efforts

June 15, 2012 - in Projects, Smart Cities

Grand Rapids, MI Mayor George K. Heartwell and Beaverton, OR Mayor Denny Doyle have been selected as the nation's top winners in the 2012 Mayors' Climate Protection Awards, an initiative sponsored by The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and Walmart. The annual…

Building Energy Management on Strong Growth Path

June 15, 2012 - in Facility Management, Projects

Eighty-five percent of building owners and operators globally depend on energy management to drive operational efficiency, according to a survey released today by Johnson Controls, global leader in delivering solutions that increase energy efficiency in buildings.…

Korean City of Suwon Offers Preview of Sustainable Urban Future

June 14, 2012 - in Projects, Smart Cities

Suwon City in South Korea will not wait until global leaders agree on plans for a sustainable future. Its citizens will demonstrate a sustainable urban lifestyle in a neighborhood during a month-long EcoMobility Festival in September of next year, Mayor Tae-young…

EPA Announces Framework to Help Local Governments Manage Stormwater Runoff and Wastewater

June 13, 2012 - in Projects, Wastewater, Water

Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a new framework to help local governments meet their Clean Water Act obligations. The Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework assists EPA regional offices, states,…

Ovum Warns Smart Cities Inhibited by Slow Rising of IT-based Modernization

June 11, 2012 - in Projects, Smart Cities

The huge and diverse market for ICT-based smart city initiatives is driving a flurry of “smart” and “intelligent” vendor solutions, says Ovum. Yet this market’s potential is being inhibited by immature standards, rigid and siloed infrastructures,…