Around the country, a new conversation is emerging among municipal leaders and utility executives as they explore the energy/water nexus. While Senator Murkowski started the discussion at the federal level in 2014, local leaders are just beginning to question the impact of the energy/water nexus. The water/energy nexus deals with the need for water to produce energy, and for energy to treat and distribute clean water. Water infrastructure is an essential public service in any
More than 45 million people, or 14.5 percent of all Americans, lived below the poverty line in 2013, the Census Bureau reported. Median household income barely budged that year, edging up to $51,939 from $51,759 in 2012, the Census Bureau noted separately. Homelessness, poverty and income inequity are apparent in every U.S. city and while serving with a street ministry last week, I pondered the effects Smart City initiatives have on our citizens living below the poverty line.