Sustainability Innovation Inventory

MIT has produced a collection of innovative Connected Urban Development practices to serve as a foundation for engagement with the CGI cities. The Sustainability Innovation Inventory ("SII") draws from the MIT designers, secondary research, and the extended ecosystem of MIT experts. For each innovation identified, MIT has developed a brief summary including goals, the scope of the project, a timeline, approach, the role of technology, lessons learned, results to date, etc.

The SII is intended as a web-based repository of best practice globally towards sustainable innovations and is intended to become a "living" body of sustainability innovations, recognized and utilized by third-party experts globally.

Nissan’s “Eco-Drive and You” CARWINGS Service

sm-Eco-Drive.pngA service to make drivers more knowledgeable about their environmental performance while they are on the road.

The E-Street Project (Oslo, Norway)

sm-E-Street.pngEuropean partnership of companies and government organizations from eleven countries committed to improving the efficiency of street lighting to decrease energy consumption and improve local environmental quality. Oslo is currently in the process of retrofitting over 50,000 city streetlights with communications and remote control technologies.

Google Employee Shuttle

sm-google.pngThe Google shuttle system is managed adaptively to allow revisions to bus routes based on regional traffic data and changing employee demographics. Because Google tracks and records real-time information about its bus fleet, employees can get updates on bus delays and schedules via their computers or cell-phones.

Intermittent Bus Lane System (Lisbon)

sm-Lisbon.pngThe Intermittent Bus Lane System is a traffic management system that improves the efficiency of public transportation without significantly curtailing available road space for other vehicles.

Solar-Powered Personal Rapid Transit (Masdar City, Abu Dhabi)

sm-AbuDhabi.pngIn Abu Dhabi, construction is currently underway on a six square kilometer zero-waste, zero-emissions, and zero-car concept city called Masdar. The Masdar Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system will consist of a fleet of small, solar-powered electric vehicles capable of carrying up to six passengers directly between any of the city’s approximately 1500 planned transit stops on a flexible, ad-hoc basis.

San Francisco Parking Meter Pricing

sm-sfpark.pngSan Francisco will be rolling out a pilot program in 2008 to price public parking spaces at market rates. The new program, SFpark, will update parking in San Francisco with a number of new technology-enabled features to facilitate “demand responsive” pricing

Virtual Carbon Footprint Map / Orbiting Carbon Observatory

sm-CarbonFootprint.pngReal-time CO2 mapping at the city level can help policy-makers understand regional contributions to global warming and evaluate the impact of local sustainability programs. The Vulcan Project is working on a virtual carbon footprint map of the United States that will be able to identify sites of significant emissions “at the scale of individual factories, powerplants, roadways and neighborhoods.”

Yellow Arrow Project

sm-yellow.pngThe Yellow Arrow project is a “massively authored artistic publication” that allows anyone who wants to do so tell mini-stories about different locations around the world. The system of creating accessible links to virtual information in physical space is a tool cities could use for supplying information about a variety of issues related to sustainability.