Projects

Forrest City, AR breaks ground on solar plants to power all of the city's operations

Forrest City, AR Solar Plants City Operations
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Forrest City, AR
City officials and Scenic Hill Solar are developing three solar plants powered by 7,000 panels. The plants are slated to replace other energy sources for Forrest City's buildings and daily operations. The 3.46-megawatt solar facilities are expected to create 5.8 million kilowatt-hours per year. Forrest City also moves toward carbon neutrality by eliminating 115,952 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
Energy Solutions+2
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Philadelphia, PA seeks AI innovations in pavement repair evaluation through Pitch & Pilot request

Philadelphia, PA AI Pavement Repair Evaluation
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Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia's Office of Innovation & Technology requested pilot-ready technology from private sector applicants. The successful applicant will receive up to $34,000 to evaluate local roads and provide prioritized recommendations for repairs. The AI-enabled software or system will also create a road signs inventory and a map of manholes and grates. Philadelphia previously used the Pitch & Pilot program to find smart solutions for water quality and waste management issues.
Smart City+4
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Darwin, NT expands myDarwin discount voucher program with help from Northern Territory

Darwin, NT myDarwin Discount Voucher Program
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Darwin, NT
This voucher program offers $40 in discounts per day to more than 350 registered local businesses. Customers show digital codes at checkout ranging from $2.50 off for purchases of $10 or more to $20 off for purchases exceeding $80. An initial fund of $300,000 was exhausted in less than one month due to the program's popularity. Territorial officials provided $200,000 to continue myDarwin along with $1 million in matching funds to other councils pursuing comparable programs.
Community Currency+3
Project Succeeded
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London Borough of Haringey, GB developed the Haringey Procurement and Contract System portal

London Borough of Haringey, GB Procurement/Contract portal
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London Borough of Haringey, GB
London Borough of Haringey developed the Haringey Procurement and Contract System (HPCS) portal to advertise procurement opportunities not covered by the Council's Dynamic Purchasing Systems. Any suppliers active within the past 18 months were automatically registered while inactive or new suppliers must complete the accreditation process. Users receive customized alerts for council contract opportunities based on their selected Goods, Works or Services categories.
Procurement+2
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London Borough of Haringey, GB Dynamic Purchasing System e-procurement tool for local businesses

London Borough of Haringey, GB Dynamic Purchasing System
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London Borough of Haringey, GB
London Borough of Haringey partnered with adam HTT to developed its Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) to proactively support local businesses. The Council uses this electronic procurement tool for professional services, minor works, adult care, temporary accommodations, parks, leisure, and transport. The DPS allows suppliers, who have completed a one-time accreditation process, to bid for local opportunities within their service category.
Procurement+3
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London Borough of Haringey, GB "Haringey Connected" app helps migrants integrate into the community

London Borough of Haringey, GB "Haringey Connected" app
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London Borough of Haringey, GB
London Borough of Haringey developed the "Haringey Connected" mobile app to provide practical support and key information to new residents. The app was designed as part of the Council's Connected Communities programme to help migrants successfully integrate into Haringey. The app includes information in multiple languages on local services and resources, cultural tips for living in the UK, local news, event details, etc.
Mobile App+2
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Cornwall Council, GB adds to renewable energy portfolio with a new wind turbine and battery

Cornwall Council, GB Wind Turbine Battery Renewable Energy
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Cornwall Council, GB
The 2.3-megawatt turbine is the first in Cornwall to be connected to a smart grid. The power generated by the turbine is distributed based on current energy demands. Council officials estimate that the turbine can power 1,180 homes every year. A 1-megawatt battery built by Centrica provides backup power in case the area grid falters. These developments will help the council achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.
Resiliency+3
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Stoke-on-Trent City Council, GB leads housing pod creation for homeless population during COVID-19

Stoke-on-Trent City Council, GB COVID-19 Housing Pods
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Stoke-on-Trent City Council, GB
Twelve wooden pods were added to a converted Regent Road warehouse to serve Macari Centre patrons. Each pod includes a lockable front door, bed, television, and eight square meters of open space. The council worked with repair company Unitas to convert warehouse space into restrooms, a kitchen, and laundry facilities. City officials and Unitas expected to add 12 more pods to the facility for increased capacity.
Homelessness+2
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Dorset Council, GB incorporates low energy asphalt into resurfacing and new road projects

Dorset Council, GB Low Energy Asphalt Road Projects
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Dorset Council, GB
The council previously used low energy asphalt (LEA) with up to 30% recycled materials in base layers. Thirty-seven resurfacing and repair projects in 2020 use LEA as the surface layer. Council personnel can apply LEA at 140 degrees, 40 degrees below standard surfacing materials. This process creates 15% fewer carbon emissions than high-temperature applications. Dorset Council and Hanson UK source LEA from the Whatley Quarry.
Road & Traffic Management+1
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Dorset Council, GB used its Low Carbon Dorset initiative to create eco-friendly village hill

Dorset Council, GB Low Carbon Dorset Village Hall
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Dorset Council, GB
Dorset's three-year emission reduction program started with a £10,000 grant for a new village hall in Charlton Marshall. Council officials selected this project because the hall replaced an inefficient 85-year old building. The grant paid for LED lighting and solar panels that power an air-source heat pump. The new building cuts carbon emissions by 5 tons per year with a 30% reduction in carbon footprint.
Energy Solutions+2
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Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, GB encouraged entrepreneurs with town center market pilot

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, GB Town Market Pilot
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Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, GB
Businesses in the St. Thomas ward were invited to a workshop hosted by the council's Business First service and Tudor Markets. Attendees received assistance with operating in the Tudor-run market in the town center. The event also included applications for up to 10 market stalls each with three months of subsidized rent. Business First issued grants up to £500 for businesses to implement workshop advice in their new locations.
Business Engagement+2
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Kent County Council, GB worked with Go-Coach to convert bus routes into on-demand transit pilot

Kent County Council, GB On-Demand Transit Pilot
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Kent County Council, GB
The Go2 service replaced seven fixed routes as public transit use declined due to COVID-19. Kent County Council and Go-Coach wanted to facilitate essential trips for residents and medical personnel. This three-month program uses the ViaVan app to connect commuters with rides six days a week. App users can travel to any destination in the Sevenoaks area with pickups completed in less than 30 minutes. Fares range from £2.20 for trips under 2.5 miles to £6.50 for trips more than 8 miles.
Pilot / POC+3
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Cheshire West and Chester Council, GB resurfaced roads with emission-free treatment

Cheshire West and Chester Council, GB Emission-Free Roads
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Cheshire West and Chester Council, GB
The council selected an innovative micro asphalt treatment to resurface roads in 12 areas. This sealant is applied without heat or machine exhaust and sets within an hour of application. Roads treated with micro asphalt can last up to seven years longer than typical roads as the sealant fills cracks and potholes. Council officials hope micro asphalt can reduce traffic impacts while helping it reduce emissions from public works.
Road & Traffic Management+1
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London Borough of Hackney, GB improves household energy efficiency with Hackney Green Homes

London Borough of Hackney, GB Green Homes Household Energy
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London Borough of Hackney, GB
Hackney Green Homes provide free insulation to private homes and apartments without regard for income. Surveyors evaluate walls, lofts, and floors for targeted installation. The program is the first among London boroughs to expand efficiency efforts into privately owned buildings. This initiative also offers grants for low-emission heating and cooling upgrades like boilers powered by hydrogen cells.
Utilities+3
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Cheshire West and Chester Council, GB created a renewable energy supplier to cut household emissions

Cheshire West and Chester Council, GB Renewable Supplier
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Cheshire West and Chester Council, GB
Qwest Energy was founded by the council in partnership with Qwest Services and ENGIE. The provider acquires 100% of its electricity from wind and solar sources. A comprehensive energy package includes heating gas from organic fuel sources. An estimated £120,000 per year in profits are reinvested into discounted tariffs and energy retrofits for low-income customers. Qwest Energy and the council's use of solar energy for public buildings work toward a net-zero emission goal in 2030.
Utilities+2
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Central Bedfordshire Council, GB is conducting a trial of kinetic pavement panels to capture energy

Central Bedfordshire Council, GB kinetic pavement panels
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Central Bedfordshire Council, GB
Central Bedfordshire Council is conducting a trial of kinetic pavement panels that capture energy created by pedestrian footfall. The weight of pedestrian stepping on the pavement panels will generate off-grid electricity via electromagnetic induction generators. The energy generated through these kinetic pavement panels will power streetlights and electronic road signs.
Pilot / POC+2
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Central Bedfordshire Council, GB is conducting a trial that captures solar energy along roads

Central Bedfordshire Council, GB solar energy roads
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Central Bedfordshire Council, GB
Central Bedfordshire Council is conducting a trial of a special surface that captures solar energy along roads, pavements and cycleways. During the summer, the captured heat can be used to power streetlights, electronic road signs and nearby buildings. During the winter, the stored heat can be used to prevent icy conditions by warming the road surface.
Energy Solutions+3
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Central Bedfordshire Council, GB trials new technology to repair roads with existing road surface

Central Bedfordshire Council, GB trials road repair tech
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Central Bedfordshire Council, GB
Central Bedfordshire Council is conducting a trial of new technology to repair local roads. The process involves heating the existing road surface to 200 degrees Celsius at a depth of 30mm. The road is then flattened by a roller followed by the addition of a hot thin surface. This innovative method reduces waste and saves the Council time and money by recycling existing road surface.
Road Safety+2
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Newcastle upon Tyne City Council, GB designated "No Cold Calling Zones" to prevent front-door crime

Newcastle upon Tyne City Council, GB "No Cold Calling Zones"
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Newcastle upon Tyne City Council, GB
Newcastle upon Tyne City Council designated three districts as "No Cold Calling Zones" to protect vulnerable residents with an awareness campaign. The zones were established to prevent unwanted callers, salesmen, fake workers, and distraction burglars from committing front-door crime. Every household within these zones received a "No Cold Calling Zone" window sticker and information packet.
Public Safety+2
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Newcastle upon Tyne City Council, GB website checks social distancing capabilities of city centre

Newcastle upon Tyne City Council, GB social distancing
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Newcastle upon Tyne City Council, GB
Newcastle upon Tyne City Council partnered with NE1 and the National Innovation Centre for Data to develop the "How Busy is Toon" website. The website allows residents to check the number of pedestrians in the city centre to determine how difficult it would be to social distance. The real-time information is provided by measuring footfall levels and parking spaces in the city centre. The website uses a traffic light system to alert residents to low, average, or high levels of traffic.
Outbreak+5
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Newcastle upon Tyne City Council, GB is providing businesses with expert support during COVID-19

Newcastle upon Tyne City Council, GB expert business support
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Newcastle upon Tyne City Council, GB
Newcastle upon Tyne City Council has developed a free support package for small and medium-sized enterprises impacted by COVID-19. The Council partnered with Business & IP Centre Newcastle and NewcastleGateshead Initiative for expert professional services. The Council is providing eligible businesses with free personalized advice and workshops from a wide range of "Citylife Experts". Businesses have access to eight hours of free support from over 20 experts.
Outbreak+4
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London Borough of Hackney, GB instituted Ultra Low Emission Vehicle streets to improve air quality

London Borough of Hackney, GB Ultra Low Emission Vehicle
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London Borough of Hackney, GB
The designated ULEV streets are enforced during weekday morning and afternoon commutes. Vehicles powered by gas or diesel along with early-model hybrids are captured on camera and issued fines. Borough officials define ULEVs as vehicles that can operate without emissions for at least 10 miles. Business owners and residents who require access during ULEV periods can use discounted taxi and delivery options from the Zero Emissions Network.
Road & Traffic Management+2
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Orange, NSW stimulates the local economy following COVID-19 shutdown with Retail Recovery initiative

Orange, NSW Retail Recovery Stimulate Economy COVID-19
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Orange, NSW
The council holds a weekly drawing for $10,000 AUD worth of Shop Orange cards redeemable at participating retailers. Two hundred winners are selected from online and mailed entries to receive $50 AUD each. Shop Orange cards generate traffic to local businesses and encourage additional purchases that help with economic recovery. Orange officials invested in the Retail Recovery plan after estimating a strong return on investment following five weeks of drawings.
Business Engagement+4
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Wodonga, VIC invests in a 3-megawatt solar farm to power its sewage treatment plant

Wodonga, VIC Solar Farm Investment Sewage Treatment Plant
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Wodonga, VIC
The western Wodonga farm will use 10,000 solar panels to power a facility that consumes 25% of the council's energy. Wodonga approved a solar farm with excess capacity to anticipate plant expansion. The water treatment plant will receive surplus solar energy in the meantime. Renewable sources will comprise 50% of the energy used in council buildings and facilities when the farm opens. The council is working toward net-zero emissions by 2050.
Energy Solutions+3
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