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What is the Smart City Challenge?

The Smart City Challenge — a partnership between the U.S. Department of Transportation and Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Inc. — aims to catalyze cities across the country to demonstrate “what’s possible” through scalable solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create innovative and practical climate change solutions.

Cities and transportation are major contributors to climate change — transportation alone is responsible for 26 percent of U.S. carbon emissions. By changing how cities transport people and goods, we have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change — one of the most urgent challenges facing the world.

The Smart City Challenge leverages data, technology and innovative ideas to spur large-scale change. The U.S. DOT will award one city up to $40 million to bring its vision to life, and Vulcan Inc. will contribute up to $10 million in funding and support. Learn more about the Challenge.

THE SMART CITY COLLABORATIVE

Vulcan Inc. and the U.S. DOT are leading a collaborative effort to provide additional funding and support to all of the Smart City Challenge finalist cities in realizing their transformational plans.

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MEET THE FINALISTS

Seven cities were selected as Smart City Challenge finalists. Learn more about their proposals for the future by clicking on the links below.

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THE FACTS

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of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation — the second largest source after electricity generation.

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barrels of gasoline are used per day for personal transportation.

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of the world’s population lives in urban areas.

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of urban traffic is from people looking for parking spaces.

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