Browse Exhibits (14 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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Smart City Challenge Winner: Columbus, Ohio

"Columbus has a bold vision to be a community that provides beauty, prosperity and health for all of its citizens."

#SmartCityPitch: Columbus, Ohio

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Open Data in Edmonton, Canada

Edmonton is a small city in Alberta, Canada on the North Sasketewan River; The city has a smart city focus on data, turning garbage to biofuels, and is working towards becoming a carbon neutral community. The Open Data Initiative in Edmonton makes all of the city's data accessible to the public. The general goal of this is to better connect citizens and the government and facilitate a more responsive government. 

Edmonton’s Open Data Initiative allows it to function as a smart city in many ways...

  • The project itself focuses on making government data accessible to the public, and creating a culture of accessibility and accountability between the government and its citizens.
  • The project uses apps to curate user generated data, the Edmonton Public Library’s resources and metadata system, and a database to house and implement this data.
  • The projects main benefits are that it is sustainable, it informs the choices of citizens, and ultimately leads to a safer city.
  • As the goal of the Open Data Initiative is to increase flow of information and trust between the public and the government, the primary stakeholders and decision makers are the government and city managers themselves as well as the average citizen and other users of the city, including visitors.
  • Ethical complications of this project include the ever-expanding definition of social contract theory, and the implications of collecting data about those who may not realize this data is being collected. In addition to this, it is important to consider how various correlations may be used, and to be aware that data is ultimately correlational. 

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Berlin Smart City Moblity

Germany's capital, Berlin, is looking to become a Smart City. One project to reach that goal is to improve their mobility and traffic.

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B'Smart Baltimore Smart City Project

What technology is used?

Urban automation, connected vehicles, urban analytics, connected citizens, architecture, efficient ICT, smart land use


What are the benefits of the project?

Safety, mobility, sustainability, equity, job creation


Which groups in a city benefit  from the project?

Citizens living in Baltimore, people who commute to Baltimore for work, workers working towards the improvement of their city


What groups make decisions about the project?

The City of Baltimore, USDOT



  1. How local universities are assisting in the planning.

  2. More on how local universities are assisting in the planning.

  3. Baltimore Task Force vision statement and strategic plan.

  4. EPA Smart City Air Challenge winner.

  5. Vision for the future of transit in Baltimore.

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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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Smart Cities for All

            Smart Cities for All (SC4A) is a program created by G3ict (the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies) and World Enabled (a non-profit that advocates for the rights of those with disabilities). G3ict and World Enabled began Smart Cities for All to both bring accessibility to the forefront of smart city discussions and make accessibility guidelines easier to understand and follow. They plan to “eliminate the digital divide for persons with disabilities and older persons in smart city programs worldwide” ( To do so, Smart Cities for All has acquired a network of support, from Microsoft to AT&T, to effect change from within smart cities.

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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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