Resilience

Although city leaders are increasingly prioritizing resilience planning in the face of climate change, food systems have been largely left out of the conversation. Our new research finds that natural disasters could create extended food supply disruptions in U.S. cities, especially in neighborhoods with limited food retail options and food insecure populations.

The City of Pittsburgh was joined Monday by representatives from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and Intermedix to host an emergency preparedness resilience workshop as a part of the ONEPGH initiative, which is a partnership with 100 Resilient Cities- Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation.

As a technology executive, I've overseen the buildout of multiple data centers in my career. Without exception, all were designed with an uninterrupted power supply (UPS) and backup power. In fact, I can't imagine a data center of any consequence being built without these safeguards in place.

All 156 outdoor emergency sirens throughout the city of Dallas wailed for more than an hour last Friday night and early Saturday morning, the result of what officials said was a hack that forced the system offline and caused a flood of 9-1-1 calls.

The cyber breach revealed just how vulnerable cities’ information and communications technology is, especially when poor cybersecurity protocols are in place.

 

When it comes to energy and environmentally friendly buildings, no way of keeping score is more familiar than LEED, the venerable Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification and rating system. The nonprofit U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its first version of LEED in 2000, which was "technology light," relying on paper-based reports to support certification.

For some, a power outage is a reminder of our dependence on aging infrastructure. For others, it can be life-threatening. Continuity in daily utilities can be absolutely critical when the public’s health is at stake, which is why medical centers are always looking for ways to increase their resiliency.

Dallas officials blame computer hacking for setting off emergency sirens throughout the city early Saturday. Rocky Vaz, director of Dallas' Office of Emergency Management, said all 156 of the city's sirens were activated more than a dozen times.

If you complain about your commute, be thankful you aren't in Atlanta. It's first full work week without a heavily traveled section of Interstate 85 that collapsed Thursday evening following a fire that started underneath a viaduct about six miles north of downtown.

AT&T plans to spend about $40 billion over the next 25 years to build a broadband network reserved primarily for public safety officers. A Commerce Department agency that functions as a public-private partnership is awarding AT&T about $6.5 billion to over the next five years to build, deploy and maintain the network.

AT&T has expanded its Smart Cities program by partnering up with the Dallas Innovation Alliance (DIA) - a public-private partnership dedicated to the design and execution of a smart cities plan for the City of Dallas - to launch the DIA Smart Cities Living Lab.

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