November 21, 2013
To develop sustainable cities it requires new thinking and innovative leadership. The changing of cites is complex and inclusive harnessing new business, innovation, infrastructure and energy solutions makes for a great mix to meet economic and global demands. One leader, “L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti on Startups, Sustainability and Being a Geek” is providing his viewpoint on sustainable development.
Startups are the life blood of any city. Incubators and business development centers are highly correlated to economic growth proving elastic and synergistic to the overall city’s sustainability. Next, the willingness of Mayors to view these changes and integrate new methodologies that are inclusive and integral to harmonizing energy, environment, infrastructure and economy can spur ideas for growth.
When Mayor Garcetti was asked “What initiatives are you working on for startups?” He replied, “One is looking at talent, two is infrastructure, three is chasing leads.” Further, “I convened all the university chancellors and presidents in the area for the first time ever, to talk about engineer retention and how we bring more ideas from the classroom to the boardroom to take patents and commercialize them. One of them is an initiative retaining engineers. We’re looking at starting an initiative to bring STEM education to high schools, especially in lower income areas to teach coding and entrepreneurialism,” reports Mashable.
He went on to say, “I’m also looking at making L.A. city government a good platform. So if you want to test your product or idea, I want L.A. city to try it. I did it in my district with Parker, the first real time information app on where parking spaces are.”
Garcetti was asked “What are your plans on energy efficiency?” He replied, “I hired the first chief sustainability officer for the city of L.A. We’re looking to make sustainability not an issue area, but a value across all city operations. We’re going to move to have a very aggressive feed-in tariff, which people get for putting solar on their roof. We’re looking to reduce the water we get from the Colorado River by 30% by 2020. We have a 20,000 green jobs program that’s going to launch around water quality, energy efficiency and solar insulations. We have a clean tech corridor that we’ve put together incubating green tech companies in downtown Los Angeles.”
Developing cities require new models and leaders to accommodate change and adopt new processes that shift grey thinking to green implementation.
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- Driverless Cars? Eric Garcetti Spins Visions of the Future at L.A. Tech Summit (blogs.laweekly.com)