AT&T Smart Cities / AT&T Supports the #SDGs / #SmartCities / SDG11

AT&T Smart Cities

By 2030, almost 68% of the world’s population will live in cities. These cities currently account for 60-80% of energy consumption and 75% of carbon emissions worldwide. AT&T is committing our resources and expertise in the Internet of Things (IoT) to create smart cities to support the growing needs of cities, as well as improve quality of life and create new economic opportunities.

In September 2015, AT&T formed a dedicated Smart Cities Organization and in January 2016, we announced the launch of a new Smart Cities framework to help cities better serve their citizens and the environment. We will bring the Smart Cities framework to several initial communities: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Chapel Hill, N.C., and Montgomery County, Md., and Miami-Dade County, Fla., and will partner with local universities, such as the Georgia Institute of Technology, to study the impact of our solutions.

Read AT&T report Ref: https://about.att.com/ecms/dam/csr/sustainability-reporting/PDF/Sustainable-Development-Goals/ATT_SDG%2011.pdf

SDG 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

By 2050, 70 % of the world’s population will live in cities, making cities critical in achieving a sustainable future for the world. Businesses, together with Governments at various levels, and civil society organizations and citizens are collectively engaged in pursuing ambitious objectives to make cities more competitive, safe, resource-efficient, resilient and inclusive. Key areas of need in achieving progress on Goal 11 are; 1) identifying and agreeing the most sustainable ways to achieve the targets- what activities should be ceased and which ones accelerated; 2) building appropriate capacity and skills across these stakeholder groups to deliver; 3) attracting/securing finance, innovative designs and delivery models and projects for integrated city infrastructure– including buildings, energy, mobility, telecommunications, water, sanitation and waste management services, and; 4) ensuring practical processes for multi-stakeholder engagement in all stages of urban development that build consensus, inclusion, resilience and sustainability.

Businesses can help cities navigate these challenges and turn a high-level vision into practical and implementable action plans. Business can play a vital role not only in providing specific infrastructure, technology, services and financing solutions, but also in contributing to the strategy that will support the overall optimization of urban systems to create inclusive, safe, sustainable and disaster resilient cities. Cities seeking to realize their sustainability objectives can benefit from engaging with business early in the planning and strategy development process, leveraging the capability of business to identify innovative and cost-effective solutions to complex, cross-cutting urban sustainability challenges.”

See all page related to #SDG11 https://sdgcompass.org/sdgs/sdg-11/

Discussion: Search for Smart Cities near you and share how local leaders (community, government, and companies) are implementing similar plans similar to AT&T. Add videos, references and links.

Global Learning News Link – https://globallearningnews.wordpress.com/2019/07/13/att-smartcities-sdg11/

Global Energy Perspective 2019 / The Global Energy Perspective Reference Case and the Future of Energy Companies / #GlobalEnergy #SDG7

Global Energy Perspective 2019. The Global Energy Perspective Reference Case provides our view on how the energy transition will unfold. 

See report: “Energy systems around the world are going through rapid transitions that affect many aspects of our lives. The continuation and acceleration of these shifts will bring important changes to the way we fuel our cars, heat our homes, and power our industries in the coming decades. Our Reference Case provides our consensus view on how energy demand will evolve. “

Ref: https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/oil-and-gas/our-insights/global-energy-perspective-2019

SDG 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

” Modern society depends on reliable and affordable energy services to function smoothly and to develop equitably. A well-established energy system supports all sectors from medicine and education to agriculture, infrastructure, communications and high-technology. Intensive development patterns have historically relied on inexpensive and energy-dense fossil fuels, which also happen to be the primary source of greenhouse gas emissions contributing to climate change. However, new, clean technologies are available that can reorient development along a more sustainable trajectory. “

Ref: https://sdgcompass.org/sdgs/sdg-7/ #SDGCompass

Discussion:

What is the future of energy companies? What are the challenges that they are facing today? Add your ideas for solutions. How these solutions add contributions to #SDG7. Add links.

This week we are following EnergYear. An energy Congress in Madrid, Spain that focuses on renewable energies. Several international companies will share their views about the future.

Current News: When Is 5G Coming to the US? (Updated for 2019)

When Is 5G Coming to the US? (Updated for 2019). 5G isn’t yet widely available, but it’s coming! Spain started 5G service in selected cities.

Photo by NASA on Unsplash

5G provides an infrastructure that will change the way you live, supporting faster mobile connections so that you can stream smoother movies, upload videos quicker, and connect more of your devices to the internet with less delays.

Read full report: https://www.lifewire.com/5g-availability-us-4155914

Discussion: How 5G services are going to impact your workplace? What are the benefits?

UN Sustainable Development Courses available for free.

The SDGs and Courses Offered

The SDGs are 17 goals with a total of 169 targets among them, most of which are meant to be achieved by 2030. These goals strive to work towards sustainable economic, social, and environmental development on a global scale. You can read in-depth reports about these goals and the progress being made towards achieving them at https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org. Courses offered through the SDG initiative cover one or more of the goals through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

Coursera is the primary platform where these courses are offered for the general public in the form of online classes with the hope of increasing participation in the work being done towards these goals. The courses often provide a hands-on experience with an NGO or international organization who is working to achieve the SDGs through their work. The participating universities hope to offer a global education on these goals and ways to get involved.

Links to available online courses on each one of the 17 SDGs

#GLOBExSDGs #My4SDGs #Pick4SDGs. Check the list of courses and, based on your interests and priorities, pick 4 SDGs and select one course per SDG. Why are you making this selection?

Equitable Access To Jobs, Education, Clean Water Key To US Sustainable Development / International Business Times

Despite being the largest economic power in the world, the United States is falling drastically short in fulfilling its commitment to reaching the United Nations’ sustainable development goals, or SDGs. Serving as a roadmap to a sustainable future, these 17 goals reflect each country’s responsibility to improving the livelihood of its citizens and the global community at large.

https://www.ibtimes.com/equitable-access-jobs-education-clean-water-key-us-sustainable-development-2781336

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