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Former US mayors provide municipal expertise to smart city specialist

The thought leaders will help the organisation progress its long-term sustainability and quality of life goals

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Former mayors join the mission to reduce waste and build more sustainable cities
Former mayors join the mission to reduce waste and build more sustainable cities

Two former US mayors are providing smart city and sustainability insight and expertise to smart solutions provider Rubicon Global.

 

Former Indianapolis mayor and recognised smart city expert, Stephen Goldsmith, has joined Rubicon’s board of directors and former Philadelphia mayor and sustainability policy champion, Michael Nutter, has joined Rubicon’s advisory board.

 

The RUBICONSmartCity platform provides comprehensive waste, recycling and community infrastructure data that enables cities to reduce operating expenses, divert waste from landfills, implement and improve recycling programmes, track metrics, and work towards long-term sustainability and quality of life goals. It is used by more than 25 cities across the US.

 

Smart and sustainable thought leaders

 

Nate Morris, Rubicon global’s chairman and CEO, said the two thought leaders bring a wealth of smart city and sustainability experience from the municipality point of view: “Our Rubicon board of directors and advisory board have an experience level in sustainability, technology and policy that is unmatched in the waste and recycling industry.”

 

Goldsmith was the 46th Mayor of Indianapolis, Indiana, from 1992 to 2000. An early smart city expert, he has written nearly a dozen books and chapters on issues related to data-driven government and making technology work better, faster and cheaper in the municipal world. These include The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance and his latest A New City O/S: The Power of Open, Collaborative and Distributed Governance.

“Throughout my career, I’ve looked to solve civic problems through data, efficiency, and performance optimisation”

His blog, Better Faster Cheaper, hosted on the Governing.com site covers smart city innovation in the world. He is currently the Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and the Director of the Innovations in American Government Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

 

“Throughout my career, I’ve looked to solve civic problems through data, efficiency, and performance optimisation and Rubicon is a technology company that is taking smart city innovation and applying it in truly unique ways to solve the quality of life challenges we face in cities of all sizes,” said Goldsmith.

 

“I was thrilled to be asked to be a part of the Rubicon board of directors, where we can exchange ideas about the future of smart cities, managing waste and recycling, and policy initiatives that are driving a more citizen-focused public service experience.”

 

Joining the mission to end waste

 

Michael Nutter was the 98th Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and issues related to the environment and sustainable development were a cornerstone of his administration. He created the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability during his very first term, and led the development of the city’s comprehensive sustainability plan, Greenworks Philadelphia. His recent book, Mayor: The Best Job In Politics dives into the collaboration and achievements that can be earned between a mayor and its citizens.

“We only have one planet so we need to be sure that we take active roles in promoting sensible environmental policy and drive more sustainable outcomes”

Currently, Nutter serves in multiple roles around government and civic life including senior advisor at Dentons US LLP Public Policy group and a member of its local government solutions team, senior advisor for the Bloomberg Philanthropies What Works Cities programme, and the David N Dinkins Professor of Professional Practice in Urban and Public Affairs at Columbia School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).

 

“We only have one planet so we need to be sure that we take active roles in promoting sensible environmental policy and drive more sustainable outcomes as future generations will inherit our challenges,” said Nutter.

 

“Rubicon is an amazing company with a mission to end waste, and to be a part of the advisory board and talk about how waste, recycling and sustainability challenges can be solved in cities large and small through technology is a fantastic opportunity.”

 

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