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Scroll down to read the latest news and trends in the smart cities space. Also check out timely articles about Compassionate Cities.

Why smart buildings are even more valuable than you think

08/07/2013

If you are serious about making the case for smarter buildings in your city, you'll want to read a recent post by the Rocky Mountain Institute. Most people, RMI notes, try to cost-justify the technology merely on the basis of energy savings. But as you'll see, there's much more to the value stream for building owners and cities.

Greenfields progress report: Lessons from 5 of the world's most important new cities

08/07/2013

Vitally important to the success of the smart cities movement, greenfield projects push the boundaries and encounter numerous challenges. They also provide invaluable feedback. Click for a look at successes and failures from five showcase projects.

Innovator: Zipcar steers a new business model for automobile transportation

08/07/2013

We tip our hat this week to Smart Cities Council Associate Partner Zipcar for their work pioneering a new business model for automobile transportation. We can't discover and test new ways of doing things without the leadership of innovators such as Zipcar, which just announced expanded "wheels when you want them" services in San Diego.

China and U.S. agree smart cities are key to combating climate change

08/05/2013

A new post from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace suggests that U.S.-China climate change cooperation is climbing to the next level -- and that smart cities will be the focus. Find out why -- and what to expect when the action moves from the laboratory to the real world.

EDF smart cities: a holistic systems approach to urban sustainability challenges

08/07/2013

French giant EDF's sustainable cities initiative led by Pascal Terrien is global in nature and seeks to define the ideal role of a utility in urban environments where 75% of the world’s population will reside by 2050. Click to read our Q&A with Terrien, one of Europe's leading experts on energy efficiency and sustainability.

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