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 27 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 has awarded Columbus, Ohio, up to $40 million to bring its vision to life, and Vulcan will contribute up to $10 million in funding and support. Learn more about the Challenge.
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.
of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation — the largest source as of 2016.
barrels of gasoline are used per day for personal transportation.
of the world’s population lives in urban areas.
of urban traffic is from people looking for parking spaces.