From: FutureStructure
To: David Lifferth,
Subject: FutureStructure Newsletter: Farm-to-Fork-to-Fuel, High-Speed Rail, Water Crisis
Date: Wed Jan 29 14:40:27 MST 2014
JANUARY 29, 2014

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FROM FARM TO FORK TO FUEL: At FutureStructure we describe this new framework in several ways, such as thinking of a “cities as systems” and as the intersection of soft infrastructure, hard infrastructure and technology. At the heart of the matter is the idea that the components of a city are deeply interconnected and that by better understanding these connections we can make better the lives of those who live in a particular city or region.

This story from Sacramento typifies what FutureStructure means – a system of systems that in this case eliminates waste, creates fuel, and fertilizes farms. It’s a case study on what FutureStructure is about. [more]

More out of California’s Capital City:Sacramento’s Renaissance Might Hinge on Modern Day Coliseum

U.S. MAYORS SAY “YEA” TO ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND NEW TECH: Results of the Energy Efficiency and Technologies in America’s Cities survey were revealed at the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting last week.  

Said Shane Bemis, USCM Energy Committee Chair and Mayor of Gresham, Ore., “Mayors remain optimistic about the energy technology marketplace, with two in three cities anticipating increased investment, whether it is for state-of-the-art lighting or solar energy systems." [more]

Related:Also of interest, the folks at list their 5 Top Tips for Laying the Foundation of a Smart City.

TRAIN TALK:Better places to live mean better transportation options. At FutureStructure we see transportation as a lynchpin in building great communities. Trains, high-speed and otherwise, play a big part. Rail enthusiasts, check out these stories.

Will the Next Generation of Locomotives Run on Natural Gas?[more]

Amtrak in Market for Dozens of High-Speed Trains[more]

CALIFORNIA WATER CRISIS:It’s been called the driest winter in California on record. Water has shaped much of the Golden State’s history and a historic drought looks to force city and state officials into unprecedented action. Read more about the “Stormy Seas Ahead for the California Water Debate.” [more]

HAWAII'S $700 MILLION UNDERSEA CABLE:A proposal to connect the electrical grids of Maui and Oahu with an undersea cable would save utility ratepayers on both islands an average of 6 cents a kilowatt-hour. [more]

Via Biztech: What Does the Internet of Things Mean to the Average Person?
Via Metropolis: Who Will Control the Internet of Things?
Via The Guardian: The Internet of Things and the role of trust in a connected world.

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