Category: Corporate Leadership

Sustainable Cities More Livable At the close of its second think-tank event called the Networked Society Forum (NEST), Ericsson announced its commitment to promoting industry-wide collaboration to improve city life.   The theme of NEST was “Reinventing Urban Life,” and for two days, a range of leaders from government, planning, public opinion, and telecommunication, including […]

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India Could Become Green Giant By Cisco’s CEO, John Chambers (as it appeared in the Business Standard this week). In a fast-urbanizing world, India is setting the pace. Over the next ten years, more than one hundred million Indians will move from villages to cities, seeking schools for their children, health care for their families, […]

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 Bottom-Line Partnerships Critical To Success Many cities have a vision for what a sustainable and resilient urban environment and community look like, but openly acknowledge shortages of capital, employee bandwidth and political cover to pull it off alone.  “What unites us on an urban level is more unifying than divisive,” – Paul Hawken. If you were to […]

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Mayors from 30 countries will convene in Nantes, France Under the patronage of François Hollande, President of the Republic of France and with the support of the French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, over 100 mayors from 30 countries will convene in Nantes (France) on 27 – 28 September 2013 to take part in the World Mayors […]

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Resources For Sustainable Cities While there are lots of incubators for startup companies to help them get their businesses off the ground, for the first time there’s an incubator that helps cities learn how to implement sustainability initiatives. Portland State University has selected the first “class” for its Urban Sustainability Accelerator, a year-long program designed […]

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US software giant Microsoft launched a new initiative called CityNext to spur innovation and encourage leaders to create sustainable cities at its annual Worldwide Partner Conference in the US city of Houston on Wednesday. Laura Ipsen, vice president of Microsoft’s Worldwide Public Sector, announced the initiative in her keynote at the Toyota Center in downtown […]

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In Las Vegas, everything is on a grander scale, so it should come as no surprise the gambling capital of the world soon will be home to one of the world’s largest rooftop solar systems. NRG Energy last week announced plans to install a 6.2 megawatt (MW) installation on top of the Mandalay Bay Resort […]

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By Allen Hershkowitz As I listened to President Obama present his important plan to meaningfully reduce the carbon we spew into the atmosphere each day, (and stimulate new jobs in doing so), I was struck by how far along on this issue the sports industry already is. According to Scott Jenkins, the Seattle Mariners VP […]

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Several corporate leaders, including Kohl’s, HEI Hotels and Resorts, Staples and Walgreens, have volunteered to reduce energy use 20 percent by 2020 as part of a challenge initiated by President Barack Obama. But that’s not the big deal. The big deal is that they have agreed to publicly disclose how they’re doing it. Factories, data […]

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Nice, the Mediterranean seaside resort and France’s fifth largest city, is embarking on a year-long smart city proof-of-concept. It’s partnering with Cisco and several companies involved with sustainable urban development through an alliance called Think Global. The project, “Connected Boulevard,” is testing multiple applications such as smart parking, waste disposal, lighting efficiency and environmental monitoring. […]

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