Sustainable City Planning

Solar Panels in TampaA pair of sustainable projects in Florida and Colorado could serve as the blueprint for the development more “smart” cities in the U.S., The Guardian reported. These projects are considered to be small in scale, although that could be an advantage given the futile attempts to deploy large sustainable city developments in the United Arab Emirates and South Korea.

The American projects comprise the Bobcock Ranch in southwest Florida and the Peña Station NEXT near the Denver International Airport. Dubbed the first solar community in the U.S., the Bobcock Ranch seeks to have the capacity supporting around 50,000 inhabitants within a site similar to the size of Manhattan in New York City.

Apart from solar energy, there are other energy-efficient sources that can help save costs and the environment. For example, service providers of commercial lighting in Tampa, Fla., offer LED products that are known to be a viable alternative to traditional lighting sources.

Pushing the Envelope

The design of the Peña Station Next in Colorado hinged on the use of modern technologies, which play an important role for defining smart cities. For instance, smart street lighting and high-speed internet are just some of the innovative features of such communities.

Panasonic took the lead in developing the Peña Station Next as a U.S. “aerotropolis,” according to The Guardian. The project drew inspiration from a mixed-use project in Japan, the 45-acre Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town with 1,600 homes outside Tokyo.

Street Smart

Smart lighting solutions are well on its way to Lancaster, N.Y., with expectations of saving money, according to The Buffalo News. The small town’s streets could get a facelift when it decides to choose between two proposals involving the installation of LED lights Village leaders are expected to discuss the matter on Aug. 16.

According to an expert from AMPRO, As more sustainable and other alternative sources of energy become more mainstream, it definitely won’t take long until the practice gains traction nationwide.