6 Steps to Building Climate Smart Cities

World Bank says that much of the power to reduce climate emissions now lies with cities rather than national governments.  The following are 7 steps cities can use to sustainably move towards building climate smart cities.

1. Start Small ⇒ Start Modular

2. Avoid High First Costs & Encourage      Innovation

3. Avoid Single Points of Failure

4. Control Critical Success Factors

5. Building on Environmental

6. Accelerating Environmental Change


1. Start Small ⇒ Start Modular

Modular deployment of waste to energy, water reclamation, energy recovery and renewable power generation systems allow for the incremental roll-out of systems that can enable communities to rapidly respond to climate change.

2. Avoid High First Costs and Encourage Innovation

Modular deployments avoid large up front capital costs, which has numerous benefits to enabling cities to build climate smart communities, including:

Reducing the complexities of deployments and site specific issues

Simplifying the deployment process

Standardizing the metrics used to define and measure success

Improving results

Allowing a greater array of participants worldwide

Increasing the collective experiential database and trained resources

Enabling just-in-time delivery of infrastructure

Reducing risk and improving quality and efficient investment

Allowing innovation to be plugged in and old technologies to be redeployed

Accelerating penetration into Climate Smart Cities

3. Avoid Single Points of Failure

Over the last 10 years it has become abundantly clear that large central power plants, water treatment and reclamation plants, waste to energy plants  and nuclear power plants represent major single points of failure.  Climate change has lead to significant storm events that have led to disasters like Hurricane Sandy where large centralized utility infrastructure went down, and it was only the smaller modular plants that continued to operate.  Earthquakes have also brought power plants down and disrupted water and natural gas services.

By building distributed, modular systems that are as close to the area of service as possible these issues can be minimized or eliminated.                

Those that fail to learn from history,
are doomed to repeat it.

- Winston Churchill

 4. Control Critical Success Factors

By starting small, then adding modules to match capital costs with real demand allows for the most efficient use of capital.  Startup problems and ongoing operational challenges become more manageable and can be remedied as they occur with minimal costs and time, accelerating a community’s progress to meaningful positive climate change.

5. Building on Environmental Cornerstones for Positive Change

Creating a step change in environmental performance requires establishing strategic environmental outcomes, and then breaking down these outcomes into individual goals and priorities followed by  definable metrics for each incremental outcome.

By doing this you end up with environmental cornerstones for sustainable change, that can be replicated simply, measurably and cost effectively.  Unlike large centralized facilities, if done properly these cornerstones can be realized through the deployment of modular systems, allowing for the rapid measurement and manageable adjustments, resulting in a step change towards strategic objectives and tangible  environmental benefits.

6. Accelerating Positive Environmental Change

 There is no magic to accelerating change towards strategic environmental goals.  Just like there is no magic to making of athletes.  Accelerating change is simply a discipline, replicating lessons learned, building on successes, and repeating.  What you will find as you build on each environmental cornerstone is that incremental outcomes build on each other, and become easier with each replication, just like each rep and athlete does in their training.  This in turn will drive the inspiration and confidence to embrace and accelerate change even further.

About Erik Lindquist

Erik’s sincere passion for changing the way communities are developed has opened the doors to some of the most innovative renewable energy and water reclamation projects. His ability to develop practical business and financial models that prove out cost efficient strategies for environmental responsibility and alternative energy has ensured the engagement of developers and municipalities.

About Erik Lindquist

Erik is the founder of TITUS Infrastructure Services Limited and over the last seven years he has been responsible for the development of several patent pending technical innovations in the area of integrated district energy and water recovery utilities. These advances have reduced: community energy supply requirements by 60%, water supply requirements by 40%, the capital and operating costs of green infrastructure by more than 30%, and the greenhouse gas emissions by over 70%. Erik established TITUS to commercialize these technologies by integrating them with practical business and financial models that makes the renewable utilities profitable. Combined with a sincere passion to partner with his clients and members of the delivery team, Erik’s focus is building renewable utilities that benefit all stakeholders.
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