Inner West, NSW aims problem waste disposal message at young residents with The CRC Rap
Council officials pursued a creative solution to the disproportionally low use of Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) by residents aged 18 to 34. A Recovery Projects Officer wrote lyrics for the song with staff from council teams participating in the rap. The CRC Rap highlights how the St. Peters and Leichhardt CRCs handle problem waste like electronic devices, paints, and batteries. Inner West placed the full song on its CRC page with a shorter version for social media posts.
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Blacktown, NSW develops first-in-Australia program for Water Sensitive Urban Design compliance
Blacktown's long-standing inspection program proved ineffective at finding mismanaged WSUD device use. The council piloted a new program whereby 20 randomly chosen properties were required to report on the conditions of 337 WSUD devices. This pilot included the development of an education toolkit on legal requirements and device maintenance. Local officials anticipated reductions in pollutants entering waterways thanks to well-maintained biofilters, rainwater tanks, and litter traps.
Detroit, MI introduces the first wireless EV charging roadway in the United States
Detroit worked with the Michigan Department of Transportation and Electreon on installing innovative road technology. Inductive coils underneath 14th Street wirelessly transfer electricity to passing electric vehicles with Electreon receivers. This installation runs through the Michigan Central Innovation District with a Ford E-Transit van used for the first test drive. Once completed, a one-mile stretch of wireless charging road will be used to test the technology's effectiveness.
Surrey, BC monitors progress toward a zero-carbon city with its Climate Action Tracker
Surrey's Climate Action Change Strategy (CACS) calls for a 45% emissions reduction by 2030 on the way to net-zero operations by 2050. The Climate Action Tracker leads with a graph of recent and current emission levels compared to the 2030 goal. Visuals show the city's progress on CACS initiatives including completed, in-progress, and scheduled projects. Users can also investigate goals and targets in six areas like Resilient 15-Minute Neighbourhoods.
Washington, DC collaborates with Eightfold AI on an AI-powered platform for job seekers
Career Ready DC streamlines the hiring process through personalized recommendations to users of the DC Networks job board. The platform evaluates each user's resume for targeted matches with local employers. Additional features include resume customization, application progress tracking, and skill-building suggestions for career changers. Employers benefit from access to applicants with job-related skills, while job seekers experience fewer obstacles to interviews.
Penrith, NSW makes asbestos register data more accessible to workers with QR code signs
The city sought a digitized alternative to the paper-based asbestos register used across 340 council buildings. A QR code sign in each building provides immediate access to the types and locations of identified or potential asbestos. Council teams can immediately update information and produce reports on code access per location from a single resource. This system complies with state workplace safety laws and protects workers from asbestos exposure.
Las Vegas, NV uses Bludot platform for Open Rewards local purchase incentives program
Open Rewards Las Vegas offers 10% cash-back incentives for purchases made at participating small businesses. Residents download the Open Rewards app and link their credit cards or upload receipts to claim their incentives. Business eligibility requirements include local ownership, fewer than 500 employees, and continuous operations since December 2019 or earlier. Las Vegas used $1 million in American Rescue Act funds to operate the program through June 2024.
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New York, NY Street Deliveristas Hubs help growing ranks of app-based delivery workers
Local officials will use a $1 million federal grant on infrastructure for the city's 65,000 delivery workers. Street Deliveristas Hubs turn disused newsstands, outdoor dining spaces, and transit stops into shelter from the elements. Workers can rest, charge their e-bikes or phones, and check their apps without obstructing sidewalks or streets. This first-in-the-U.S. pilot uses feedback from delivery workers during site selection and hub design.
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Arlington, TX undertakes a pilot of multiple technologies for food bank delivery services
Arlington received a U.S. Department of Energy grant for a two-year pilot of autonomous food deliveries. Extensive outreach efforts and route planning will precede two demonstration periods of up to four weeks each in East Arlington. Three hundred boxes of food from Tarrant Area Food Bank will be delivered using an Aerialoop ALT6-4 VTOL Delivery Drone and a CLEVON 1 delivery robot. Project leaders will use the Airspace Link AirHub Portal for drone management and route analytics.
Oxfordshire County Council, GB addresses growing source of waste with Recycle Your Vape program
Oxfordshire, Oxford City, and Cherwell received £40,000 from Material Focus as part of the organization's Recycle Your Electricals effort. Residents can dispose of their single-use vaping products at 60 hot-pink collection spots in local shops and bars. The initiative adds dedicated bins for vape collection at seven household waste recycling centres. Recycle Your Vape also offers kerbside collection of vapes in Cherwell alongside rubbish and recycling.
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Austin, TX evaluates the impacts of Archistar's eCheck assessment tool on permit review times
City officials worked with Archistar on integrating eCheck into its building permit system for the pilot. Permit applicants uploaded their 2D and 3D files through an easy-to-use interface. eCheck uses artificial intelligence to compare building plans against Austin's land-use and zoning ordinances. In minutes, applicants receive compliance reports indicating which areas passed, failed, or lacked sufficient information for approval.
Pitkin County, CO adopts Hexagon's HxGN Connect solution for improved emergency responses
County officials selected HxGN Connect in support of better services to mountain towns. The cloud-based platform automatically maps all incidents reported to local dispatchers and enables rapid cross-department coordination. An AI-powered Smart Advisor feature turns dispatch calls into analytics about linked incidents, personnel needs, and recommended responses. This system may be connected in the future to existing tools like wildfire detectors and public works vehicles.
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Camden, NSW Hook, Line & Measure project works with anglers on research about local waterways
Council officials ask residents to fill out an online form when they fish on local rivers and streams. The form asks for the date, location, and outcome of any fishing activities in Camden. Anglers are also asked for fish species and weights along with photos of their catches. The Hook, Line & Measure website includes an interactive map and data about the most commonly caught fish. Additional resources cover topics like humane harvesting and state licensure.
Birmingham, AL Embrace Mothers pilot supports female-headed households with guaranteed income
Birmingham and Mayors for a Guaranteed Income (MGI) funded a one-year pilot focused on single-mother households. Eligible applicants were female-identifying residents with one or more children under 18 years old without spouses or partners. Embrace Mothers paid $375 per month to 110 participants with another 132 residents surveyed as a control group. A dedicated dashboard hosted by MGI displayed participant demographics, spending patterns, and narratives.
Syddjurs, DK and neighboring cities map employment service processes with AI-powered platform
Syddjurs and four partner cities used artificial intelligence for a process mining initiative. Municipal data on unemployment benefits, city services, and department contacts resulted in maps of user experiences. The resulting platform recommends the optimal path for each resident's employment search based on predictive analytics. Participating municipalities received 4.1 million kroner from a national innovation fund for the project.
Surprise, AZ turns recyclable plastics into useful products with a trial of Automedi nano machines
Automedi selected Surprise as the first municipal partner for its 3D product vending machines. Three nano units will circulate through the city's libraries, community centers, and public buildings during the pilot. Residents request free 3D-printed products like plastic containers, funnels, and utensils using the nano's simple interface. The project is funded by a $100,000 prize won by Automedi at the QBE AcceliCITY Resilience Challenge with no additional cost to the city.
Hertfordshire County Council, GB partners with AWS on AI-powered traffic monitoring platform
County officials wanted a monitoring solution for automated and standardized data collection. Videos from local traffic cameras are sent through an app built on AWS Amplify to the AWS Rekognition tool for analysis. Traffic types, directions, and speeds are documented before image deletion. Twelve-hour sections of video can be correctly categorized in as little as two hours. The platform is easy to access without training and reduces personnel time spent on traffic counts.
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Aalborg, DK and community partners make events more sustainable with a mobile power bank
Aalborg, university researchers, and private-sector partners spent a year evaluating alternatives to generators for outdoor events. The result of this collaboration is a compact trailer with an 80-kilowatt battery and nine exterior solar panels. This zero-emission power source can be pulled by most passenger vehicles and provides enough electricity for concerts and cultural festivals. Municipal officials first introduced the power bank for an October 2023 concert at Skørbæk Søpavillon.
Copenhagen, DK guides prospective educators toward vacant jobs with employment hotline pilot
Fifty-one percent of Copenhagen's teaching vacancies went unfilled in 2022. The hotline - accessible by calling or texting 29 25 55 56 - connects prospective educators to employment experts. Initial conversations match applicants to schools based on career experiences and goals. Applicants of all experience levels work with experts on interview skills and resume development. The pilot involves 50 schools across the city and operates through January 2024.
Aalborg, DK and Rødovre develop AI-powered platform for hospital rehabilitation recommendations
Aalborg and Rødovre spend 3,000 staff hours per year on planning rehabilitation paths for patients admitted to hospitals. A newly designed platform turns data on 18,000 past patients into insights on how future patients should be treated. Licensed clinicians review recommendations and develop treatment plans in collaboration with the platform. The municipalities received 5.9 million kroner from a national innovation fund for the project.
Rødovre, DK paves the way for smarter urban development with Autodesk Forma software
Rødovre's high population density led municipal officials toward a data-driven approach to development. Autodesk Forma produces maps, visualizations, and simulations based on historical data and current proposals. Stakeholders test the impacts of development on factors ranging from road noise to green spaces. Months of internal testing were followed by the formal adoption of the cloud-based software for three urban development projects.