Planning for Smart Cities in Japan
6:00PM - 8:00PM
Galbraith Building, Room 120, 35 St. George Street, University of Toronto
Many cities in the world are undertaking initiatives to improve environmental performance. The ‘Smart City’ concept and approach are exactly in line with this challenge to make urban areas sustainable through innovative technologies and plans to promote efficient energy use, recycling and environmentally friendly traffic management. Yokohama and Kitakyushu are examples of cities that are actively working to become smarter. They are linking environmental policies with policies relating to economic revitalization, urban planning, health, and welfare, particularly post 3/11. They are also promoting cooperation with other Asian cities to share environmental management experience and knowledge.
Professor Hidefumi Imura will discuss shifts in Japanese perspectives on energy management and smart technology investment, not only for the creation of low-carbon cities and a green economy, but also for disaster recovery.