Spokane, Urbanova selected for sustainable infrastructure Smart Cities award

Spokane, Urbanova selected for sustainable infrastructure Smart Cities award

Spokane and Urbanova, a living laboratory collaboration and proving ground to design cities for the future, have been recognized with a Smart Cities North America award.

Winners of the award illustrate best practice examples of urban innovation with a particular focus on the use of technology and data, unique partnerships, funding models and/or community involvement, according to global research and intelligence firm IDC.

Spokane won in the sustainable infrastructure category, along with San Diego, and will be honored at the Smart Cities New York event in May.

Urbanova, located in the University District, harnesses data to gain insights, empower people and solve urban challenges in innovative ways. Outcomes are measured by healthier citizens, safer neighborhoods, smarter infrastructure, a more sustainable environment and a stronger economy.

“This is tremendous recognition for Spokane and Urbanova as a leader in leveraging partnerships to achieve sustainable infrastructure solutions,” Spokane Mayor David Condon said. “The city is very fortunate to work in collaboration with utility infrastructure, smart metering and communications, higher education, energy efficiency, population health and urban planning partners for the betterment of the community.”

Urbanova installed sensors last June on 10 streetlights across the University District and began collecting data that provides insight into energy savings and efficiency while also measuring climate and air quality data. This information is used to investigate how air pollution and events such as wildfires affect the health of cities.

The organization plans to continue uncovering public priorities that smart city projects can and should address.

For more information about Urbanova, visit the non-profit’s website.