Smart city technology drives efficient disaster response and recovery

Permaculture programme seeds self-sufficiency, job skills for green economy

Established in 2000, SEED started as a food programme serving various Cape Flats schools for 14 years. The now youth resilience programme has been based at Rocklands Primary School for six years.

SEED offers a 15 week applied permaculture and design training course broken down into modules. Permaculture is defined as the growth of agricultural ecosystems in a self-sufficient and sustainable way.

Founding director Leigh Brown said the aim of the programme is to build personal resilience and connect young people to work opportunities within the green economy.

“For young people, it’s essentially about: What are my gifts? How do I apply it with what the world needs? How do I take care of my basic needs and then also, what are the right livelihoods? It’s about connecting people to work that makes sense, that the planet needs….READ ON

Smart city technology drives efficient disaster response and recovery

From heatwave-induced wildfires in the West to unrelenting hurricanes in the Southeast, natural disasters are increasing in frequency and severity due to climate change. As evidenced in 2020’s historic year of extreme cases, totaling 22 separate billion-dollar weather and climate disasters, we can expect this trend to continue. Today, wildfire season is longer and more severe than any other time in our nation’s history, in addition to hurricanes generating more destructive power.

Rather than having a centralized system that handles all controls, using edge intelligence enables a decentralized utility-run microgrid.

As storm severity grows over time, how city and state governments prepare, respond and recover is critical for building communities back to better than they were before the disaster struck.

Building in more resilient infrastructure and technologies, such as smart sensors and advanced utility metering analytics, has never been more critical as areas of the country battle the whirlwind of challenges that may arise without proper planning. Municipalities cannot prepare enough for these inevitable events. By investing now in smart technologies, city leaders can better predict, prepare and respond to these disasters as they arise…READ ON

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