Browse Exhibits (8 total)

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MSU Solar Array Carport Project

To support a growing campus, Michigan State University aims to go green, better utilize renewable energy, and save on unnecessary costs. As a result, their Board of Trustees approved the MSU Energy Transition Plan in 2012. This plan revolves around three main goal criteria to assist MSU at going green (improve the physical enviroment, invest in sustainable energy research & development, and become an educational leader in sustainable energy). 

To effectively reach all goals of the Energy Transition Plan, the MSU Solar Array Carport Project was born. Upon completion, this will be the largest solar array carport in all of North America. The project uses advanced technology to implement goals of the ETP plan - saving the university money, and bringing numerous additional benefits to MSU.

Below is a breakdown of each Energy Transition Plan goal:

1. Improve the physical environment

    a. Avoid wasteful & carbon intensive practices

    b. Improve energy efficiency

    c. Replace high carbon energy sources with lower carbon energy sources

    d. Offset emissions that cannot be avoided, reduced or replaced

2. Invest in sustainable energy research & development

    a. Position campus as a living-learning laboratory for research

    b. Support sustainable energy research programs

    c. Demonstrate sustainable energy projects on campus

    d. Streamline facilities, policies, and systems to enhance cross-disciplinary collaboration

3. Become an educational leader in sustainable energy

    a. Educate stakeholders

    b. Share energy transition process

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Chicago Smart Lighting Program

“This project is a win-win  it will deliver one of the largest lighting modernization programs in the country while addressing one of the top reasons residents call 311.”

—Mayor Rahm Emanuel

The Chicago Smart Lighting Program is a four-year city-wide lighting initiative designed to convert over 270,000 outdated high pressure sodium (HPS) light fixtures to energy-efficient LED streetlights.

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Smart Parking in Les Mureaux

The following is a complete overview of a smart city project in Les Mureaux, France designed to make parking more effiecent and effective for those who drive in the city. 

The project's goals, methods, and resources are all included, along with pages diving deep into the uses of technology, benefits of the project, decision making that went into the implementation, and ethical principles involved as well. 

This project is specifically relevant because it is applicable to all cities dominated by car and motor vehicle travel. It also has a global relevance, as there are other major cities in Europe and the US following suit. One example being Barcelona, who also has implemented similar sensor technology to monitor and display available parking. 

Read on to see what Les Mureaux is doing, and you can also find more information regarding the project here

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North Branch Framework Plan

The North Branch Framework is a land use plan for 760 acres along the Chicago River between Kinzie Street and Fullerton Avenue. The plan calls for a major transfer from traditional industry to advanced manufacturing, better access for all transportation modes, and leverage the land's unique environment. 

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AT&T Smart Cities Program Chicago

AT&T has launched a Smart Cities Pilot Program has been launched in cities and regions across the United States including Atlanta, Chapel Hill, Dallas, Miami-Dade County and the Windy City, Chicago. Their goals for the Chicago program are to "keep Chicago residents and tourists more productive, engaged and informed as they move about town."

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Lansing Smart Grid

To work with a big need to save money and energy Lansing has been working at two main projects: Smart Lighting and the Smart Grid. Through the Lansing Board of Water and Light, LBWL for short, the more newer changed are being managed through. Lansing government approved a small trial for the initial run for smart lighting back in 2008, and with such an overwhlming positive responce they decided to continue with it. General Manager J. Peter Lark has stated that the company has been thinking about the Smart Grid program for many years as well, and this was announced back in 2014.

Each one of these tackles a different way to address the problem:

By using smart lighting, the city of Lansing wants to address their outdated technology and replace it with better, more energy efficient technology, as well as make Lansing  much safer place to be.

By using the smart grids, the city of Lansing wants to monitor energy and water output. This will also result in cheaper and fewer bills as well as safe, responsive repair times.

Both of these projects deal with sophisticated technology and bring many benefits to both the city and its users. Through careful decision making and consideration of ethical problems these projects will bring light to Lansing.

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Smart City project in NYC to bring a "new communications network that is replacing New York City pay phones with state of the art kiosks called Links" ( These Links provide free wifi and calls to citizens and tourists alike.

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Predictive Profiling

With the concept of smart cities on the rise, it is interesting to explore the efforts that go into making a city accommodating for the people living in it. Cities are complex – only working best when their different parts come together to create a diverse and culturally-rich environment. These different elements are brought to a space by the experiences of the people living there. The communities and decision makers are the forces that built up the voice of a city – giving it its character and determining what the city will be known for. The most influential cities in the world are meccas of technology, culture and the arts – the New Yorks, Londons, and Shanghais of the world. While these cities stand out as superstars compared to the rest, they aren't designed for everyone. It’s impossible. With so many different people with different experiences out there, it is impossible to design a city that is the best for everyone. Not everyone is cut out for the traffic and fast-paced lifestyle of large cities, while others aren’t comfortable in the quiet and demure life in the suburbs. Then why is such an effort made to create smart cities that will benefit everyone?

Looking historically at how cities have been strategically planned to accommodate certain demographics based on income, race or even political beliefs, it is clear that not much can be done to avoid designing a space that excludes someone. This principle explores the idea of predictive profiling – what it is, how it is used, and how it has changed the way the cities are constructed.

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