Thomas Jefferson University recently launched the Institute for Smart and Healthy Cities to address pressing issues such as climate change, social equity, rapid urbanization, and health.
The university says it aims to be recognized by leaders and innovators from government, academia, and industry by 2025 as “the primary resource for the development of smart and healthy cities.” The institute will support the research, innovation, and education that is happening across the university that is focused on transforming urban environments into smart and healthy cities.
More specifically, the institute aims to develop understanding of the entire city as a system and solve problems involving urbanization, public health, energy, and transportation. It will research the intersection of environmental conditions, housing, workplace, transit, and public infrastructure.
“The institute is committed to source, develop, deploy and commercialize innovative technologies, products, and services advancing urban environments into smart and healthy cities,” according to a Thomas Jefferson University web site.