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Yorkville University Smart and Sustainable Cities Responses


While most cities in which we live are far from being fully smart and sustainable, things like the smart grid and smart transportation are becoming more mainstream, so much so that the EV city casebook (Beeton & Holland, 2014) and the Danish EnergyPlan (2014, November 18), which are both from 2014, might seem rather dated. Are any of these smart and sustainable energy technologies, or similar ones, operating in your city or a city near you? On the other hand, what types of technologies/programs might require a complete transformation of the status quo?


Many smart and sustainable energy technologies are operated all over the globe. Right now, am living in Canada so, I would like to go with the smart and sustainable energy technologies of Canada for answering the first question. The electricity of Canada is produced from renewable energy resources like wind, biomass, solar, hydro, and marine. Canada is a global leader in producing and using renewable energy and renewable energy is 17% of Canada’s total energy supply. British Columbia generates almost all of its electricity from flowing water and the rest of the electricity is produced from forest biomass, wind, natural gas, solar, and landfill gas. The renewable capacity is 16,000 MW. Between 2009 to 2014, four wind plants were built in BC, and wind capacity increased from 0 to 488MW between 2005 to 2015.

Information technologies require a complete transformation of present situations to improve efficiency and delivery in the digital economy. Digital technologies require to challenge the present way of technologies in the organization or somewhere else in order to come up with different and improved types of technologies. The main areas of digital transformation are technology, data, process, and organizational change.

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Hang Ren:

I live in Shanghai in China, which is the financial center of China. In order to promote economic transformation and upgrading. Shanghai focuses on intelligence. It focuses on cultivating emerging industries such as intelligent connected cars, industrial robots, CNC machine tools, and wearable devices. Shanghai has comprehensively improved the level of manufacturing intelligence. Form a group of emerging industries (Zhou, n.d.) that have technological leadership, operate the entire industry chain, and rank among the forefront of the world. Shanghai uses technology to promote the modernization of urban governance. By 2020, Shanghai has achieved all administrative examination and approval matters online, and the openness of public data is leading domestically. Accelerate the advancement of intelligent monitoring and visualized management of urban “lifelines” such as water, electricity, and gas. Improve the food safety information traceability system, strengthen social security big data application, and comprehensively improve public safety emergency monitoring, early warning, and emergency response capabilities.

Speaking of the need to change the status quo, I think it is the traffic in Shanghai. Every time people go to work in the morning, and when they leave work at night, the road will be very congested. Including public transportation, there are many people on the subway. I think the Shanghai Municipal Government can improve the situation of public transport and increase the amount of public transportation.


Zhou, N. (n.d.).


I would like to talk about the smart and sustainable technologies which is used by Canada. Hydroelectricity is by far the most important form of renewable energy produced in Canada. Wind and bioenergy also make an important contribution to Canada’s energy mix. Wind and solar photovoltaic power are experiencing the highest growth rates. Canada is a world leader in the production and use of energy from renewable resources. Renewable energy sources currently provide about 18.9 per cent of Canada’s total primary energy supply. A wide range of energy-producing technologies and equipment have been developed over time to take advantage of these natural resources. As a result, usable energy can be produced in the form of electricity, industrial heat, thermal energy for space and water conditioning, and transportation fuels.

AI can be a net positive contributor to environmental sustainability in many industries. Here are some examples: In agriculture, AI can transform production by better monitoring and managing environmental conditions and crop yields. AI can help reduce both fertilizer and water, all while improving crop yields. AI has the potential to accelerate global efforts to protect the environment and conserve resources. AI can be harnessed in a wide range of economic sectors and situations to contribute to managing environmental impacts and climate change.


Janik, A., Ryszko, A., & Szafraniec, M. (2020). Scientific landscape of smart and sustainable cities literature: A bibliometric analysis. Sustainability, 12(3), 779.


It is true that many cities are far from becoming smart cities but with time and technology cities all around the world are following the path to becoming a smart city. According to me for any smart city it is must to have a fast and reliable transportation. I live in surrey and the transportation here is good but not fast. Hyperloop one is a transportation technology which is very promising and futuristic.

So basically, Hyperloop one Is a super fast mode of transportation for passengers and freight and the top speed is around 1000 km/hr. It consists of pods which move at a very high speed with the help of magnetic plates. Currently Hyperloop one is Being developed in India from Pune to Mumbai. After its completion the traveling time between both the cities will be reduced to 30 minutes from 4 hours. Hyperloop is fully electric and has zero emission. Having such mode of transportation in any city will need years of construction build up from scratch but after completion it will be one of the most reliable, fast and sustainable mode of transportation a smart city needs.

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Our Bureau. (2020, November 17). Virgin Hyperloop onboards its first Indian passenger. @Businessline; The Hindu BusinessLine.,in%20bringing%20hyperloop%20to%20India.&text=With%20speeds%20of%20up%20to,according%20to%20the%20preliminary%20analysis.