20 Sep '12, 1pm

How IT is paving the way for sustainable cities

How IT is paving the way for sustainable cities

Cities are home to more than half the world's population, and many are feeling the pressure of urban challenges such as poor sanitation, overcrowding and inadequate transportation. That's where information and communications technology (ICT) comes in. In Worldwatch Institute's report State of the World 2012: Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity , released in April, author Diana Lind detailed the enormous benefits of ICT for cities in need of sustainable urban planning tools. Her chapter “Information and Communications Technologies Creating Livable, Equitable, and Sustainable Cities” notes how many cities are teaming up with businesses and using ICT tools such as smart meters, data visualizations and even mobile technology to promote urban sustainability. In one instance, General Electric (GE) is helping Rotterdam drastically cut CO2 emissions to half its 1990 levels by cre...

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