Developing green and smart infrastructure solutions in communities, municipalities, and global contexts requires a multi-disciplinary approach and collaboration among various stakeholders, including policymakers, urban planners, engineers, architects, community groups, and citizens. The goal of this summit is to articulate ways that we might co-create responses to inequities in these spaces in order to support the inclusion of marginalized populations equitably in public policy decisions and generate lasting impact.
Los Angeles Green New Deal is one of the most ambitious and comprehensive programs for greening a metropolitan area. Aiming at carbon neutrality and sustainability generally requires utilizing extensive digital networks, efficient and inclusive data economy applications, and smart city solutions. Green and digital transition can be mutually supportive and complementary in building a more sustainable and efficient urban infrastructure. However, achieving synergies between green and digital transitions is not automatic but requires strict policy coherence starting in the planning phase and continuing to the end of implementation. Ensuring that the citizens can enjoy the benefits of green and intelligent solutions on an equal and equitable footing sets high criteria for including citizens, understanding diversity, and supporting interfaces between different communities. The panel will focus on a limited number of concrete themes demonstrating how green transition is part and parcel of digital transition and how including all citizens is the prerequisite for successful projects.