City of Dubuque: Investing in sustainability for economic development now and in the future. 
By monitoring traffic patterns as well as water and power consumption, Dubuque, Iowa is improving sustainability and engaging its citizens.

City of Dubuque: Investing in sustainability for economic development now and in the future. 

By monitoring traffic patterns as well as water and power consumption, Dubuque, Iowa is improving sustainability and engaging its citizens.

Dubuque Iowa, Building Constituencies on a Smarter Planet (by IBMSocialMedia)

How do you lead change to make things better in a smarter planet? Dubuque Iowa is working together across public and private organizations to drive change … in partnership with IBM. The city of Dubuque has come together and grown from an unemployment rate which was the highest in the United States at 23% in 1984 to having an unemployment rate that’s less than the state average. Running on a sustainability platform in 2005 Mayor Roy Buol was elected and then re-elected by working collaboratively across local, state and federal lines. The city is a model of how to built constituency—one that transformed Dubuque into “one of the 10 smartest cities on the planet”. The leadership lessons of Dubuque extend beyond issues of state and local government and sustainability to what can work for organizations of all sizes public or private, local or global.

89,090 gallons were saved among 151 households over nine weeks, and if extrapolated to a full year, this would be a savings of 514,742 gallons in total, or 3,409 gallons per household annually.

Results from a pilot conducted in the city of Dubuque, Iowa.  Quote found at “Dubuque, Iowa and IBM Combine Analytics, Cloud Computing and Community Engagement to Conserve Water” (via horizonwatching)

(via horizonwatching)

Today, municipalities and citizens more than ever need to understand their patterns of behavior and how to change them. Whether it is in water consumption, traffic patterns or energy use, they need new technologies to enable the change. Our sustainability initiatives in Dubuque prove that, by using advanced analytics, community engagement, and cloud computing, government officials and citizens will have access to real-time data to alter their patterns of behavior, which will save them money. This water sustainability pilot case is a template for communities worldwide that seek to conserve various types of resources.

Quote by Milind Naphade, program director, smarter city services, IBM Research.  Quote found at "Dubuque, Iowa and IBM Combine Analytics, Cloud Computing and Community Engagement to Conserve Water"

IBM’s Smarter Cities New York Event Well Done

ajmacisaac:

I am New Englander born and raised, but I have always enjoyed getting opportunity to go to New York City. Last I was fortunate to take part in IBM’s Smarter Cities New York event and I have to say this was one of the best experience of my 13 year plus tenure at IBM. Cities are fascinating places and  hearing from so many speakers about the dynamics of what needs to be done to make our cities smarter was very educational. A Personal highlight for me was standing along the Hudson River with Mayor Roy Buol from the City of Dubuque, Iowa and hear him explain his motivation for wanting to make his city smart and greener comes down to the fact he has seven grandchildren and he has a  responsibility to them and all children to leave an environment that sustain them in the future.

You can read more about

Mayor Boul and the City of Dubuque here: http://www.businessweek.com/innovate/content/sep2009/id20090918_187656.htm

and about the

Smarter Cities New York Event here: http://asmarterplanet.com/blog/2009/10/live-from-the-smarter-cities-summit.html

Dubuque, a town of 60,000 in northeast Iowa will create, with Smarter Planet partner IBM, a replicable model for viability, livability and equity for communities of 200,000 or less and create a sustainable legacy for generations to come. It will also save residents and businesses money and create an international brand for this community, helping to recruit businesses and workforce, serve as a major recruitment tool for area colleges, and it will accelerate local business growth.

Quote by Roy D. Buol, Mayor of Dubuque, Iowa.  Source: IBM and Dubuque, Iowa Partner on Smarter City Initiative