ABOUT THE CONFERENCEOnce regarded as sources of environmental degradation, cities are now widely recognized as part of the solution to living within “planetary boundaries.” But what makes a sustainable city? How can cities function in a way that enables residents to enjoy urban life to the fullest without imposing unreasonable burdens on limited resources?The Smart and Sustainable Cities Conference will provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge and experience between the US – especially California – and Israel, which share many of the same environmental challenges. With a focus on “what’s new,” leading academics and practitioners from both countries will present the most innovative models for urban sustainability. They will address the policy, design and technology experiments being implemented today; consider what holds the most promise; and propose future directions for city management and development to move us toward a more sustainable future.Panel sessions will cover the key areas of energy, water, transportation, the built environment (sustainable architecture, affordable housing and public spaces), and the digital city & sharing economy, exploring the evolving values and lifestyles made possible by digital communications. A closing session will pull together key ideas from the preceding panels and discuss “how to make it happen”: the new forms of organization and citizen involvement that may be needed for the innovative technologies and policies to take hold.WHO SHOULD ATTEND?Environmental researchers, professionals from industry and non-profit organizations, government officials, educators, students, and members of the general public who wish to learn about the latest developments in urban sustainability.Click here to register and for additional details.