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Smart Cities 3.0

At the U.S. Conference of Mayors Annual meeting is Washington, DC last month, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson introduced the concept of “Cities 3.0”, which means that cities must function and be governed in a more innovative, efficient and effective way. This sounds a lot like the Smart Cities concept that energy and cleantech industry leaders are driving toward.  Let’s take a closer look at what Mayor Johnson and many top municipal leaders are striving for. First some background. “Cities 1.0,” were built around ports, rivers, rail and transportation routes. They served as centers of commerce and trade for our new nation. The second generation of American cities, or “Cities 2.0,” arose later

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