IBM on pedestrian safety and what cities are doing about it: Traffic fatalities may be falling, but an article from Council Lead Partner IBM points out that pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. are steadily rising -- and 2013 was one of the deadliest years for pedestrians in some time. Fortunately, the article also outlines ways that cities are taking innovative approaches to improve pedestrian safety. Some like Brussels are considering car-free zones in their downtown areas. Others are looking at road and curb design to better buffer pedestrians from cars. But also interesting is how cars themselves may provide a solution. IBM notes that Volvo has released technology that uses radar and cameras to scan the road for pedestrians and if one should step in front of the car it automatically applies the brakes.
ABB wins Zayed Future Energy Prize 2014:Council Associate Partner ABB has been awarded the Zayed Future Energy Prize 2014 in recognition of its efforts to drive innovation, renewable energy and energy efficiency. The award in the category ‘Large Corporations’ was presented (see accompanying picture) to ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer by His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates at a glittering awards ceremony in Abu Dhabi. Launched in 2008, the prize recognizes the very best solutions in renewable energy and sustainability. It was named in honor of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who was a founder of the UAE, ruler of Abu Dhabi, and the UAE’s first president from 1971 until his death in 2004.
Japan model city taps PDC expertise: The Portland Development Commission, a Council Advisor and sponsor of Portland, Oregon's We Build Green Cities Initiative, will work with a group of 27 Japanese and global corporations that is developing a next-generation model city near Tokyo. The PDC sponsors the green cities initiative as a way to spread the word about how cities can develop more environmentally responsible plans. As PDC Executive Director Patrick Quinton explained, "With the Tokyo Olympics on the horizon, Portland companies will have many more opportunities to participate in projects where our expertise is invaluable. We welcome the involvement of more local businesses in the We Build Green Cities initiative, which calls for export-readiness and a willingness to commit financially to innovative partnerships like this one."