Governance

A broad category of content focused on governance in cities.

Examples: Urban policy, justice, municipal services

Fostering a 21st Century Water System

The state’s water supply and our current drought are the most important environmental issues to a majority of Californians according to a new PPIC study. In order to address this critical issue, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group explored whether the innovative...

Climate Change: Creating an Abundance of Private Sector Opportunities

The effects of climate change present daunting challenges for government at all levels. And, it’s only going to get worse. According to a July 2016 report from the RAND Corporation, roads, bridges and seawalls will require ongoing attention because of the ravages of...

Mayors Leading on Creating Sustainable, Connected Cities

Cities are the places where we live and interact. We expect our city leaders to keep them healthy, safe and vibrant. Mayors fill the potholes, provide needed services to people and grow the economy. Even more, the nation’s mayors are leading the charge to develop...

Partnerships, Data, and Technology are the Future of Sustainable Cities

Washington, D.C. has an ambitious goal to become the healthiest, greenest, and most livable city in the United States by 2032. The District laid out a wide range of sustainability goals, which includes net-zero energy buildings, green infrastructure, and connected...

Interview with Xumei Chen: Sustainable Urban Transport in China

Featuring Xumei Chen

Meeting of the Minds talked with Xumei Chen about sustainable urban transport in China. Ms. Chen is Associate Professor and Director for Policy and Standard Division at the China Urban Sustainable Transport Research Center (CUSTReC), an international think tank on urban transport in the China Academy of Transportation Sciences of the Ministry of Transport in China. Her main research areas include low carbon transport policies, energy conservation and emission reduction, environmental and energy technologies as well as climate adaptation.

Returning to Plato’s Cave: How the Light of Smart Technology Brings Us Back to Old Debates

Dozens of the world’s leading specialists and practitioners making cities around the world “smarter” gathered recently in Singapore to discuss how information technology can assist cities manage energy, water, security, and transportation challenges. The World Smart...

What Do We Need to Build Sustainable Cities?

Every so often, I find it important to reset and to re-envision what a successful future looks like. This article seeks to take a step back and revisit the fundamentals of what the building of a sustainable city requires. The footprint of cities is a heavy contributor...

During Drought, California Asks Cities to Conserve

If you live in California, or follow national news, you are well informed of the fact that California is in a severe drought; a situation that our Governor has declared to be a state of emergency. In January, Governor Jerry Brown officially asked Californians for a...

The Biggest Public Policy Opportunity of Our Lifetimes

Please note: this article is available in English and Spanish. Over the next decade, driverless vehicles will disrupt transportation systems, causing ripple effects across numerous billion-dollar industries. Through the innovative use of public policy, advanced...

Middle East Green Building and China’s Sustainable Urban Clusters

How are two world leaders of growth faring in relation to smart cities? China’s future of sustainable urban clusters It goes without saying that even at its best, a smart city is only one component of a regional, national, and global system of cities that seek to...

Improving Cities’ Ability to Pilot Smart Solutions

Cities are aware of less than 10% of the solutions available to them, yet almost 90% of cities do not trust information from providers, according to Citymart.com. So how to solve this mismatch? The Living Labs Global Award (LLGA) held their Cities Summit in San...

2013 Innovative City of the Year

What does it take to be crowned the “Innovative City of the Year”? An outdoor escalator system stretching 28 stories? A Barefoot Park featuring water and massaging stones set among bamboo groves? Or is it the tight social fabric needed to turn around a place once...