by Jodi Summers

The Smart City Wheel is not a unicycle to efficiently get you from place to place. It is a customizable plan for a broad, integrated approach to improving the efficiency of city operations, the quality of life for its citizens, and growing the local economy.

The key is to focus on having smart key elements > economy, environmental practices, governance, living, mobility, and people. The elements bond together in a molecular variety of combinations to suit their specific greening needs.

May we present the Smart Cities Wheel…

The Smart Cities Wheel, designed by Boyd Cohen, Ph.D., LEED AP, is a climate strategist helping to lead communities, cities and companies on the journey towards the low carbon economy


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  1. Good morning –

    Penske Truck Rental, a leading global transportation services provider, today announced its annual list of top moving destinations within the United States. The list is compiled through online consumer truck rental reservations and through Penske Truck Rental call centers.

    Atlanta has topped the list for each of the three years that Penske has compiled this ranking. The Dallas/Fort Worth area made the jump from fourth to second place. Four markets (Chicago, Houston, Denver and Seattle) retained their rankings from 2011.

    “This list fits the general geographic shifts of the country’s population with our customers being drawn to the Southeast and Southwest regions,” stated Don Mikes, Penske senior vice president of rental.

    Parameters used to compile this information were based on requests for one-way moves in 2012. The full list is outlined below for your reference.

    2012 Top 10 Moving Destinations:
    *Please Note: The previous year’s ranking is noted in parentheses
    1. Atlanta (unchanged)
    2. Dallas/Fort Worth (4)
    3. Phoenix (2)
    4. Orlando, Fla. (3)
    5. Chicago (unchanged)
    6. Houston (unchanged)
    7. Denver (unchanged)
    8. Seattle (unchanged)
    9. Charlotte, N.C. (10)
    10. Sarasota, Fla. (9)

    For more information about Penske Truck Rental, visit

  2. Globalization and profit motive are altering a once patriotic concept into this: Producing enough oil and gas so that we export more to our trading partners than we import. While this new energy independence framework may help some companies’ profits, it stands to hurt many Americans’ pocketbooks, water supply and overall health.

    Fracking is an unregulated process that uses dozens of potentially harmful, undisclosed chemicals and millions of gallons of fresh water injected into horizontal drilled wellheads. This process has pushed the domestic price of natural gas so low that producers are looking to foreign markets — particularly Europe, Japan, and other points east — to boost profit margins. Companies are rushing to use this new definition of energy independence to justify exploitation of large shale-gas and shale-oil reserves in the U.S. Before we embrace this notion, we need to examine more closely the potential for harm to health and the environment and the dragging impact rising energy costs for both consumers and manufacturers will have on our economy.

    What does the pursuit of this new definition of energy independence mean for everyday Americans?

    It means continued use of billions of barrels of oil and trillions of cubic feet of natural gas and the water resources, which are destined to diminish from overuse and climate change, necessary to extract them. It means potentially devastating impacts on local economies and resources from fracking operations in the form of more air and water pollution and public health and infrastructure costs. It means priming the pump of climate change more so than we’ve already managed, which is apparent in our current weather patterns of late.

  3. On March 22, Hines will celebrate the topping out of LPL Financial at La Jolla Commons. Property management VP Brian Plymell tells us the 415k SF, 13-story project will be the nation’s largest net-zero-energy office building in the country. It’s designed to generate 5M kilowatt hours of electricity annually—enough to power 1,000 San Diego homes—while consuming roughly 4M kilowatt hours. The energy will be produced by biogas-fueled fuel cells (the back-up generator will be a couple of politicians).

  4. Good day

    i am so interested about the smart city wheel. it is really indicating new view for cities, but how can planner choose the smart people to live in the smart city. actually, planners try to create smart city to reserve environment. then, the impact of the smart city should be reflected in producing smart people.

    any way the wheel is very nice.

    i am trying to make a research about new housing projects in Kurdistan. my objective is to increase the sense of smart cities in my region, since the tremendous number of housing projects are delivered regardless to what is going on gust next to our region.

    i am an architect that’s why i my have different view for the smart city. it is simply for me is efficient compact aesthetic mix-use with up to date technology. as a urban planner it is livable and workable

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