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Earlier this week, Verge @ GreenBuild, a two-day event that brings together business innovators, entrepreneurs, and leading public officials to discuss opportunities in technological advancements in energy, buildings, and transportation, took place in San Francisco. Smart Planet wrote about smart cities practices discussed at Verge, including how a successful business model is necessary to implement smart city practices. These business models must consider energy information, demand response and better control for smarter municipal infrastructures surrounding healthcare, transportation, and supply chain management. Verge also cites Northern California utility PG&E as an example due to their innovative business plan which involves building a new grid from scratch made up of new energy sources, including hydropower, gas, and nuclear.
Elsewhere, Fast Company Co.Exist published a list of the top 10 smartest cities in Europe. Author Boyd Cohen, who has authored a series of posts this year on global smart cities, created a metric called the Smart Cities Wheel, which contains six key components of Smart Cities (Smart People, Smart Economy, Smart Environment, Smart Government, Smart Living, and Smart Mobility) and three key drivers for each component. Topping the list is Copenhagen, a city with a bold goal of becoming the first major capital city to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025. The city was also ranked first for the Smart People category due to its strong human capital ranking in the Citigroup/Economist Intelligence Unit Global City Hotspots report. The remaining nine spots on the list belong to (in order) Stockholm, Amsterdam, Vienna, Paris, Berlin, London, Barcelona, Munich and Frankfurt. Fast Company Co.Exist will be releasing the top 10 smartest cities in North America next month.