Turn The Lights On, Smart Cities and LED Street Lighting

“Build Resilient Infrastructure” is Sustainable Development Goal number 9 out of 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for the world’s cities to achieve by 2032. Flint, Michigan and it’s water security crisis has is just one reason why cities need resilient infrastructure.  Roads, bridges, LEED certified buildings are just some of infrastructure improvements that cities need to make in order to transition to smart cities. I believe one of the first improvements cities have to make is upgrading their high-pressure sodium lighting or mercury vapor lamp street lighting systems to more energy efficient LED lights.  
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Will Smart Cities be Equitable Cities?

In 2015 the United Nations held the Sustainable Development Summit with world leaders who adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. A set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030. The SDG’s help frame the world’s cities goals to build Smart Cities and provide greater connectivity via The Internet of Things (IoT). What cannot get lost in society is still wrestling archaic constructs of race and class. How do we build Smart Cities juxtaposed with systemic issues of police brutality, environmental and social justice?   

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