Bill Gates buys a huge chunk of land in Arizona to create a ‘smart city’

November 13, 2017 by  
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Bill Gates  is purchasing 25,000 acres of land in the West Valley area of Arizona, 45 minutes west of Phoenix, with the intent of building a high-tech “smart city” named Belmont. “Belmont will create a forward-thinking community with a communication and infrastructure spine that embraces cutting-edge technology, designed around high-speed digital networks, data centers, new manufacturing technologies and distribution models, autonomous vehicles and autonomous logistics hubs,” said Belmont Partners, the real estate firm involved in the purchase, in a press statement. The purchase, made by an investment firm run by Gates, cost $80 million and will be developed along the proposed freeway I-11, which would connect Belmont to Las Vegas and other major hubs of the region. Although Gates has given the project a new boost of funding and publicity, the planned community of Belmont, Arizona has been in the works since the 1990s. Although the housing crash put a damper on the city’s development, the regional real estate market has since recovered. The city also is banking on the parallel development of I-11, a proposed interstate highway that would run through Belmont to Las Vegas. The first section of I-11, near Boulder City, Arizona, was opened in August 2017. Related: Bill Gates launches $1 billion clean energy fund to fight climate change 3,800 acres of the proposed community will be used for office, retail and commercial space while an additional 470 acres will be set aside for public schools . The remaining space is enough land for 80,000 residential units. “Comparable in square miles and projected population to Tempe, Arizona, Belmont will transform a raw, blank slate into a purpose-built edge city built around a flexible infrastructure model,” said Belmont Properties in a statement. When completed, Belmont will join Arcosanti , an ecologically-inspired experimental town to the north of Phoenix, as one of the region’s most high-profile planned communities. Via Popular Mechanics and The Republic Images via Gisela Giardino/Flickr and  Depositphotos

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Episode 23: Singapore’s smart nation push; Reporting goes high tech

April 1, 2016 by  
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This week on the GreenBiz 350 podcast: A shift toward real-time corporate sustainability data, how Singapore plans to get ahead on smart city tech, and a wave of apps for urban resilience.

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Will some states be left out of clean energy’s economic boost?

April 1, 2016 by  
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As clean energy development becomes an economic driver, those states that eschew renewables could be left behind.

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INFOGRAPHIC: How smart cities are creating a greener future

December 3, 2015 by  
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Advances in technology are quickly paving the way for smart cities. A smart city is an urban center that harnesses technologies, such as IT, to improve the quality of life of residents, manage available resources such as roads and water in economically sustainable manner, and reduce environmental pollution . According to figures published by the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), smart city technologies will grow to an industry worth $27.5 billion by 2023. In addition, the world will be home to about 88 smart cities by 2025. To learn more about smart cities of the future and how big data will play a role in improving the efficiency and sustainability of urban living, checkout the infographic below created by the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Online Masters in Computer Science program . Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: How smart cities are creating a greener future

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With new readiness guide, city leaders get smart

December 11, 2013 by  
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A smart city future requires a holistic approach focused on the economy, environment and quality of life. 

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Infographic: Futuristic Technologies Coming Soon to a City Near You

October 15, 2013 by  
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What will the smart city of tomorrow look like? Sagentia just launched a new infographic that details some of the cutting-edge technologies that will make cities more efficient, healthy, and enjoyable places to live. From innovative power solutions like photovoltaics and kinetic energy harvesting to smart transportation and agriculture, read on for a glimpse of the future of urban design. Read the rest of Infographic: Futuristic Technologies Coming Soon to a City Near You Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative energy , clean tech , green design , infographic , renewable energy , sagentia , smart city , sustainable design , sustainable living , Urban design , welcome to energy harvesting        

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To demystify the supply chain, know the risks and costs

June 27, 2013 by  
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Leverage can make things happen, no matter the size of your company. Here's how to boost leverage to bring sustainability into your supply chain.

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What the Army can teach smart city planners

June 27, 2013 by  
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The military is evaluating new priorities for sustainable development that will directly impact communities across the United States.

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VERGE Virtual: Cities 2.0

June 24, 2012 by  
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A three-hour, interactive webcast focusing on how cities are embracing smart city strategies to leverage information and technology to drive sustainable economic growth.

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Carbon Professional Path – Fast Track

June 18, 2012 by  
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HRCarbon’s Carbon Professional Path – Fast Track is designed for ‘Climate Change aware’ participants who have an interest in obtaining a globally recognized credential that sets them apart.

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