Smart Green Cities
Smart Green Cities
Centre for Smart Green Cities is a collaborative hub which connects industry, government, researchers and community to create liveable urban environments by inspiring change through evidence-based problem solving.
The rate and pace of urbanisation is changing the shape and composition of our cities - putting major pressures on our human health and well-being, water and energy resources and the environment.
Advances in technology provide us with a glimpse into a possible future of positive, balanced urban growth. In this future, we have the opportunity to create better places to live, work and play.
To seize these opportunities, while managing the challenges of urban growth, we must make decisions that will ensure our cities remain resilient and liveable spaces for our future communities, particularly under a changing climate.
Unlike traditional research Centres, Smart Green Cities is focused on engaging with government, industry and community to build smart solutions for end-users. Our key objects are:
To develop transformative and agile research to meet the dynamic needs of our external partners and beyond.
To facilitate collaborative partnerships to deliver solutions for social, environmental and economic impact.
To provide opportunities to develop networks, knowledge and skills to maximize impact and increase commercialisation opportunities.
Our key areas
The global trend of people moving to cities and surrounding urban areas to live and work continues. This increase in urbanisation has forced Australia, and many other countries, to rethink how we can turn our cities into sustainable and liveable spaces that will accommodate a greater population by integrating nature into the urban environment.
Established in 2017, the Centre for Smart Green Cities was founded on the high research of its members focusing on the following research streams:
With growing public and private investment focused on infrastructure and accelerating urban renewal, it is essential that innovative partnerships are utilised to maximise the environmental, social and economic returns of natural assets such as public and private green spaces within cities.
By integrating nature based solutions into mainstream urban policy and planning, construction and maintenance, our society will not only realise the co-benefits of green infrastructure, but we will create liveable cities for the future.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the logical end to the journey of two technologies: the internet and wireless communications. IoT enables every object in our everyday lives to be connected to the internet. It thereby enables the mass collection, exchange and analysis of data.
The clarity and insight offered via IoT enables better decision making and dynamic planning for complex issues, such as transport management, energy optimisation, green space and natural asset maintenance and the user experience of urban spaces.
Sustainable Energy Solutions
Urban growth and climate change are demanding innovation in the energy sector and the switch from fossil fuels to affordable, accessible, reliable and sustainable energy resources. The integration of renewable energies into urban environments can be constrained by an imbalance between demand and supply.
Solutions such as micro-grids, renewable energy integration, battery energy storage systems, electric vehicles and intelligent control all provide pathways for our future sustainable cities.