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Autodesk and Vulcan Help to Take Urban Sustainability to the Next Level

Posted by Brianna Esteves at May 17, 2016 11:00 AM |
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BICEP members Autodesk and Vulcan Inc. are putting their money (and talents) where their mouth is when it comes to climate change. Each is using their expertise and resources in supporting the USDOT’s Smart City Challenge.
by Brianna Esteves, Associate, Policy Program Ceres Posted on May 17, 2016

BICEP members Autodesk and Vulcan Inc. are putting their money (and talents) where their mouth is when it comes to climate change. Each is using their expertise and resources in supporting the USDOT's Smart City Challenge.

Led by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), the Smart City Challenge is designed to encourage the adoption of innovative technologies and strategic design to improve safety, enhance mobility, and address climate change in U.S. cities. Under this initiative, mid-sized cities compete by putting forward their best and most creative ideas for innovatively addressing the growing challenges faced by modern cities. Increased use of the electricity grid, and deployment of autonomous vehicles are just some of the elements that can make a modern city a "smart" one.

Identifying the importance of this initiative - and the potential it could bring to modern urban infrastructure - Vulcan Inc. and Autodesk have pledged their support. Alongside USDOT's $40 million commitment, Vulcan has pledged up to an additional $10 million for the winning city, in addition to providing technical assistance and guidance to the finalist cities. Autodesk, meanwhile, has committed to outfit the finalist cities with complimentary access to its 3-D design technology software - including software training and technical support for all the finalists - to help better define the cities' visions.

Seven Smart City Challenge finalists were announced in March, and the winning city is expected to be announced this June.

You can learn more about the Smart City Challenge here.

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