(September 26, 2019 - New York City) – The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) today released Steering a Sustainable Community. The new research report shares dynamics, strategies and successful examples of Sustainability in action in fix Intelligent Communities.
Sustainability can be the source of controversy on the national level. But at the local level, it is easier to agree on the need for clean air, clean water, less pollution and the preservation of what we cherish most.
For Intelligent Communities, sustainability means local responses to global changes in ways that make the community a better place to live. Committing to sustainability engages citizens in improving their own, and their neighbors’, lives. When communities make sustainability a goal, they energize local advocates, community groups and neighborhoods with the promise of making a difference. The work of these groups is to set and meet sustainability goals but just as important it strengthens the community’s identity and creates civic pride that powers further positive change.
Steering a Sustainable Community focuses on Binh Duong Province, Vietnam, a Smart21 Community of 2019; Chiayi City, Taiwan, a two-time Top7 Community in 2017 and 2018; Hudson, Ohio, USA, a Top7 Community of 2019; Ipswich, Queensland, Australia, a three-time Top7 Community in 2015 and 2017-2018; Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, the 2017 Intelligent Community of the Year; and Sarnia-Lambton County, Ontario, Canada, a Top7 Community of 2019. The report highlights successful sustainability policies and programs that each of these communities have implemented.
“Cities and towns around the world have sustainability strategies in place and are making their own contributions to a more sustainable world,” said ICF co-founder Robert Bell. “For Intelligent Communities, sustainability is that and more: a means to build community engagement and a more prosperous local economy. This report explores the strategy and programs that make it possible.”
The report is available free for ICF Members, and for purchase for non-members. Click here to get the report.
About the Intelligent Community Forum
The Intelligent Community Forum is a global network with a think tank at its center. It connects hundreds of cities and regions on five continents for collaboration on economic development and for exchange of expertise and information that drives progress. Through this network, ICF researches how Intelligent Communities use information and communications technology to build inclusive prosperity, solve social problems and enrich their quality of life in our connected century. ICF is headquartered in New York City, is a worldwide organization that is renowned for its efforts recognizing Intelligent Community excellence through its annual awards programs, workshops, conferences and other support. Today there are over 180 Intelligent Communities around the world, and growing annually, with Intelligent Community representatives on every continent. The Intelligent Community Forum Foundation (ICFF) is the association of these Intelligent Communities, aimed at working together to share information and develop more Intelligent Communities throughout the world. As ICF’s principles are sought after around the world, there is an opportunity for each country to focus its ICF-related efforts within their region. For more information, visit www.intelligentcommunity.org.
Intelligent Community Forum Contacts
Matthew Owen, Director of Operations, Intelligent Community Forum
Phone: +1 646-291-6166 (x105)
Victoria Krisman, Communications Manager, Intelligent Community Forum