We can achieve an energy reset in Puerto Rico

October 19, 2017 by  
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Imagine a fully renewable, hurricane-proof electric grid would also cost less for operators and consumers. The innovation and tools already exist.

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Toronto’s waterfront to undergo major futuristic redesign thanks to Google’s Sidewalk Labs

October 18, 2017 by  
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In collaboration with Sidewalk Labs, a start-up created by Google to “accelerate innovation in cities around the world,” the city of Toronto will embark on a futuristic redesign of its waterfront that will incorporate cutting edge technology and sleek modern design to build an urban gathering place for businesses, locals and visitors. Innovations on the Toronto waterfront may include free public Wi-Fi, automated trash systems, robust renewable energy sources, and self-driving cars . “This project will become a model for others not only in Canada, but around the world,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. It is estimated that the innovations by Sidewalk Labs could reduce typical greenhouse gas emissions by two-thirds, save the average commuter an hour of travel time and put residents of the neighborhood, which has been dubbed “Quayside,” within a very short walking distance from green space. “Over time, “we believe Sidewalk Toronto can demonstrate to the world how to make living in cities cheaper, more convenient, healthier, greener, fairer, and even maybe more exciting,” said former New York City  deputy mayor and current Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff. Sidewalk Labs, acknowledging that “that great neighborhoods aren’t planned from the top down,” has announced a town hall meeting for November 1, 2017 in which citizens can discuss their ideas and concerns regarding the new project. Related: Trees to grow on the balconies of Penda’s timber high-rise in Toronto Founded in 2015 as a subsidiary of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, Sidewalk Labs has been deciding between several locations for a comprehensive feasibility study to test ideas and systems that could be applied in the design of the cities of the future. The announcement by Sidewalk Labs and Toronto follows several months of speculation about the company’s plans, which were rumored to include a “Google Island” city built from the ground up to Sidewalk Labs’ specifications. In its work to redesign Toronto’s waterfront, Sidewalk Labs will use tools like Flow, which the company conceived to identify problems in traffic flow or lack of transportation access. Via Inc. and The Verge Images via Depositphotos

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Episode 96: Blockchain blasts off; cities embrace AVs

October 13, 2017 by  
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In this week’s episode, blockchain approaches its “singularity,” powering Puerto Rico back to life and the chemicals sector seeks a catalyst on climate goals.

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Why these cities are accelerating their autonomous vehicle initiatives

October 13, 2017 by  
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Equity, safety concerns emerge as common threads in urban mobility discussions.

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4 innovations for thriving cities

October 2, 2017 by  
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If managed well, urbanization has many benefits. Managed poorly, cities can choke communities. Here is the path to sustainable urban innovation.

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What civilians can learn from military investments in solar

October 2, 2017 by  
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Power outages aren’t just inconvenient, they could undermine national security.

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Episode 94: C&A talks Cradle to Cradle; urban transport innovates

September 29, 2017 by  
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In this week’s episode, Walmart stays current with safer chemicals and we unravel the threads of C&A’s cradle-to-cradle journey.

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How the U.S. Open aced a sustainable transformation

September 29, 2017 by  
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Efforts involved the U.S. Tennis Association, Billie Jean King and Venus Williams.

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The roots of forest bathing

September 29, 2017 by  
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Power suits, meet “Power Forests.” In Japan, Nissan and Mazda maintain agreements with a Forest Therapy Base.

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Gogoro to launch Smartscooter sharing service in Japan this year

September 28, 2017 by  
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Electric is the future—and Gogoro is paving the way. The innovative electric scooter and battery swapping company just announced plans for expansion in Japan, with their new GoShare Smartscooter sharing service set to launch this year. The news comes hot on the heels of Gogoro’s $300 million in series C funding revealed last week. The new Smartscooter sharing service, called GoShare , will begin its pilot launch in the Okinawan island of Ishigaki this year with expansion to other cities in 2018. GoShare was created through Gogoro’s new partnership with Sumitomo Corporation , a leading Fortune 500 company in Japan that’s also one of Gogoro’s major Series C investors. Although GoShare will begin with the two-wheeled, Smartscooters, its energy network will eventually be used to power a fleet of compact four-wheel electric vehicles in the future as well. The real innovation behind the Smartscooters is the brilliant Gogoro Energy Network. This unique open battery-swapping system comprises GoStations, cloud-connected battery depots, locatable through a smartphone app, where users can swap their used Smartscooter batteries for fresh ones in as little as six seconds—no plugging in to recharge required. The network of battery stations use real-time energy usage monitoring and analytics to charge the batteries when needed, thus lessening pressure on the energy grid and improving overall energy efficiency . In Taiwan, where Gogoro was launched, there is one GoStation every kilometer in dense urban areas of Taipei. Related: Gogoro revs up Smartscooter expansion with $300 million in new funding “The Sumitomo Corporation and Gogoro partnership represent two companies that share a similar vision for making the world a better place through offering sustainable energy solutions that can transition people away from gas and to electric,” said Horace Luke, founder and CEO of Gogoro. “The Smartscooter and Gogoro Energy Network demonstrate how technology innovation can transform an industry and introduce a new urban transportation paradigm.” Gogoro launched in Taiwan in 2015 and recently expanded to Berlin and Paris. + Gogoro

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