News Release: ​December 15, 2014

Share Your Experiences About Smart Cities

WASHINGTON, DC — The Smart Cities and Sustainability Task Force of the American Planning Association wants to hear from smart city practitioners about their experiences in using technology to address the challenges our communities face today. Share your experiences by taking the task force's survey.

The task force is part of APA's initiative to enhance the planning profession and address the current and future needs of communities to make them smarter, more resilient and sustainable. Startups, private companies, nonprofits and city representatives are invited to take the survey, which is open until February 28, 2015.

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Smart cities is how people come together to solve problems with the assistance of technology.  For example, Chicago uses technology to track and post completed snow plow routes, and to match volunteers with senior citizens who need assistance clearing snow from sidewalks. The success of such programs relies not only on technology and sensors, but

Sharing your experiences and knowledge through the survey will help guide the task force's work over the next several months. The survey focuses on 14 areas of interest: socio-economic disparity, broadband infrastructure, applications of big data; climate adaptation / hazard mitigation; renewable energy and efficiency; green building and site design; public health; public safety; green streets; traveler information/decision making; freight and supply chain; civic engagement and local services; issues in collecting and using big data; and the sharing economy.

Following the survey, the task force will launch an ideation tool to help prioritize APA's planning and technology activities, and an innovation portal to share examples of how communities are using technology to solve problems. The task force will present its white paper focusing on priorities and policy implications for urban planning and technology at the APA National Planning Conference in Seattle in April 2015.

About the Task Force
The Smart Cities and Sustainability Task Force furthers APA's focus on sustainability by addressing recent advances in technology and innovation to cultivate cities that are smarter, more resilient and sustainable. The task force's goals include anticipating and preparing for trends and emerging issues as well as communicating the implications; generating the big ideas to advance our communities; and educating the public and community leaders about best practices and implementing the best practices.

The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning — physical, economic, and social — so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, with almost 40,000 members worldwide in nearly 100 countries.


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