Workshop on “Building Smart Cities through Educational Linkages”

IIIM organized a workshop on “Building Smart Cities through Educational Linkages” in collaboration with United States’ Embassy. Mr. Karl R. Rábago, Executive Director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center, at the Pace Law School in White Plains, New York was the resource person for the workshop.

He highlighted that to cope with rising urbanisation and climate change issues, innovation and digital technology must be leveraged to minimise energy consumption and improve quality of life. Innovation must be combined with energy, digital technology and information and communications technology to address urbanisation challenges and ensure sustainability. He also explained ‘Sustainability’ in context of not only the environmental aspect but also social equity and economy.

He highlighted the various opportunities present for businesses for reducing cost and producing better products with the help of conservation of energy. He emphasized that there are plenty of business opportunities where non-renewable source of energy can be replaced with renewable sources of energy, leading to low cost structure and contributing to greener environment.

He told that the concept of a smart city must be merged with sustainability for the welfare of people and our planet as a whole. Smart sustainable cities will lay the foundations for a better future—a future where cities care for people, the earth, air, water and the environment.