Gresham, Smith and Partners is proud to announce that Sam Mehta, P.E., senior vice president in the firm’s Water + Environment market will participate in a panel discussion at the Smart Cities Connect Conference on March 28 in Kansas City, Mo. He will join fellow panelists Dan Kirby, principal at Jacobs Engineering, Erik Caldwell, economic development director for the City of San Diego, and Chris Castro, director of sustainability for the city of Orlando, Fla., as well as moderator Alexa Stone, LEED AP O+M, ENV SP, president of ecoPreserve, to discuss how cities can utilize Smart Cities data to drive sustainability and resiliency goals.
“Cities have a unique opportunity to turn information into key insights that drive their sustainability initiatives as data becomes increasingly available,” commented Mehta. “San Francisco International Airport was able to effectively use data to improve performance while enhancing the passenger experience. I look forward to discussing my experience at the Smart Cities Connect conference.”
A summary of the panel discussion follows.
How Smart Cities Data Supports Climate Action and Sustainability Goals
Presentation by Sam Mehta, P.E., Dan Kirby, Erik Caldwell, Chris Castro and Alexa Stone, LEED AP O+M, ENV SP
Massive urban population growth has necessitated the development of nontraditional approaches to municipal services. The Smart Cities movement, based on the premise that data is the foundation of continuous improvement, takes a data-driven approach to improved sustainability and resiliency. Cities are preparing with real-time, comprehensive data enabling information sharing between stakeholders and effective decision making in the wake of continuous change. This panel discussion will explore the challenges and opportunities that government officials face in designing and implementing urban sustainability programs. The panelists will explore lessons learned in translating data into meaningful information for decision makers, providing real life examples of current and future implementation efforts and challenges.