Greenfields progress report: Lessons from 5 of the world's most important new cities

Wed, 2013-08-07 06:10 -- Jesse Berst

Vitally important to the success of the smart cities movement, greenfield projects push the boundaries and encounter numerous challenges. They also provide invaluable feedback. Click for a look at successes and failures from five showcase projects.

Innovator: Zipcar steers a new business model for automobile transportation

Wed, 2013-08-07 06:10 -- Jesse Berst

We tip our hat this week to Smart Cities Council Associate Partner Zipcar for their work pioneering a new business model for automobile transportation. We can't discover and test new ways of doing things without the leadership of innovators such as Zipcar, which just announced expanded "wheels when you want them" services in San Diego.

EDF smart cities: a holistic systems approach to urban sustainability challenges

Wed, 2013-08-07 06:06 -- Jesse Berst

French giant EDF's sustainable cities initiative led by Pascal Terrien is global in nature and seeks to define the ideal role of a utility in urban environments where 75% of the world’s population will reside by 2050. Click to read our Q&A with Terrien, one of Europe's leading experts on energy efficiency and sustainability.

The massive efficiency opportunity under your feet (Hint: heat pumps are hot again)

Tue, 2013-07-23 06:10 -- Jesse Berst

What are the most overlooked energy efficiency opportunities today? We’d put heat pumps on the list -- and apparently we're not alone. Learn why Navigant Research thinks the heat pump market will almost triple in the next few years.