If you're in the business of building smart, sustainable cities, you're probably thinking about tech, internet access and social media. Yet with so many topics to pay attention to, it may be hard to build a social media network that's not overcrowded.
To help clear out some of the noise, we've compiled a list of 10 smart cities-related Twitter accounts, full of informative and inspiring personalities to keep readers up-to-date on the latest smart cities news and analysis. (And, of course, don't forget to follow @SmartCitiesDive, @kristinmusulin and @codyboteler on Twitter as well.)
Description: "Coalition of leading companies that seeks to advance the livability, workability and sustainability of the world's cities."
Why you should follow: The minds behind Smart Cities Week, direct to your Twitter feed. In addition to news and updates about the council and conference, Smart Cities Council tweets updates and information from events the team attends and useful links to keep followers connected to smart cities developments around the world.
We're in @citybeautiful today, helping Orlando build its #smartcities blueprint. It's one of our Readiness Grant winners. pic.twitter.com/C68RcMqItA— Smart Cities Council (@smartccouncil) June 6, 2017
Description: "Helping leading cities across America use #data and #evidence to improve results for their residents. Launched by @BloombergDotOrg in April 2015."
Why you should follow: What's a smart city if it's not in the business of using data to improve the lives of its residents? What Works Cities was launched with that goal in mind, making it an important, if not critical, group to keep up with.
This new 1-stop shop in @CityofDurhamNC City Hall is removing frustration from the permitting process. https://t.co/k7jVmJvuoe pic.twitter.com/mbDFaU5f1X— WhatWorksCities (@WhatWorksCities) June 1, 2017
Description: "Leads the @BloombergDotOrg public sector innovation programs. Focused on cities, mayors, civic innovation, and ideas that spread. @BloombergCities"
Why you should follow: James Anderson's feed is a great resource to absorb smart analysis and good takes at the same time. He's a part of Bloomberg Philanthropies, working on five areas that directly make up smart cities (arts, education, environment, government innovation and public health), making him a sure-shot voice of credibility.
Keeping it real: The issues that matter most to U.S. mayors in 2017 https://t.co/cMYzLvnSJ0 #cities #localgov pic.twitter.com/NvKDdaTftB— James Anderson (@JimOnCities) May 26, 2017
Description: "All things urban, from The Atlantic."
Why you should follow: While we are, of course, partial to Smart Cities Dive news coverage, we can't ignore that CityLab is an essential follow for anyone wanting to keep up with news and trends coming out of cities. CityLab isn't industry-focused, but it's a great feed to follow for some of the more esoteric stories of urban spaces.
The dramatic health disparities between rich and poor Americans https://t.co/XaBepJrTfm pic.twitter.com/MQFetoDKML— CityLab (@CityLab) June 7, 2017
Description: "Climate and environment reporter @NYTimes. Kobe native, Brooklyn transplant. LSE grad, Pulitzer, etc. Whistleblower? Ping me on Peerio: tabuchi"
Why you should follow: With a penchant for breaking stories about climate policy, Hiroko is a great follow to keep as up-to-the-minute as possible when it comes to how cities and other entities are tackling climate policy and sustainable development under the Trump administration.
Organizers say participating cities/states represent 120 million+ people, contribute $6.2 trillion+ to U.S. economy https://t.co/ZeRXj5uU33— Hiroko Tabuchi (@HirokoTabuchi) June 6, 2017
Description: "Navigant Research provides in-depth analysis of global clean technology markets."
Why you should follow: Network and business accounts aren't always as interesting as individuals or reporters, but Navigant Research does a great job of pulling together news, analysis and insight on smart cities and utilities, making it an essential follow.
In an interview with @IEEEorg, @NavigantEnergy discusses how #AI will bolster #efficiency in the #energy industry: https://t.co/dQ6qfPr71B pic.twitter.com/OzBwPKJQz9
— Navigant Research (@NavigantRSRCH) June 9, 2017
Description: "U.S. Congresswoman representing Washington's 1st Congressional District (#WA01)"
Why you should follow: Congresswoman DelBene has a record of working on infrastructure projects in her district and environmental programs in the House of Representatives. While her portfolio isn't just smart cities, she's a good follow to keep an eye on how members of Congress are thinking about different environmental and urban issues.
To combat #climatechange, we should lead the way in the emerging green economy, not cling to the past. #ActOnClimate https://t.co/mcoFiGzfYe pic.twitter.com/byevDwxt9o— Rep. Suzan DelBene (@RepDelBene) June 6, 2017
Description: "C40 is the network of the world’s megacities committed to tackling climate change. #Cities4Climate"
Why you should follow: A network of cities including Copenhagen, Boston, New York, Hong Kong and others, C40 is an essential follow to keep up with the global network of city movers and shakers who are shaping climate policies for millions of citizens.
Today, let's celebrate the bicycle's 200th birthday all around the world! #Cities4Air #Cities4Climate (via @samirdudani) pic.twitter.com/VJsj6Vyt78— C40 Cities (@c40cities) June 12, 2017
Description: "Sr Fellow, Global Cities @chicagocouncil. Director @WheatonCUE. Urban Studies, Politics & IR prof @wheatoncollege. Opinions are my own. Links/RTs ≠ endorsements"
Why you should follow: Yes, Noah Toly is a professor, but he's also the director of Wheaton College's Center for Urban Engagement, so he's not just in some ivory tower. If you want someone who's at the front of global, smart cities, Toly is a good follow.
Not just "How can we make the most money? But how can we engage the community?" -- @Orrego #GlobalCities2017— Noah Toly (@noahtoly) June 9, 2017
Description: "I cover energy and climate change @axios & write a regular column, Harder Line. Reach me at [email protected] Prior: WSJ, National Journal."
Why you should follow: Amy covers energy for Axios, a news website aiming to produce content that's shareable and illuminating. She's on the climate and energy beat, and her Twitter feed always has her own analysis of energy and climate paired with great links from other publications.
It's going to be a very heavy lift meeting America's pledge to Paris climate deal without federal action. https://t.co/LjcnWkT1qS via @axios pic.twitter.com/x15RlueAQH— Amy Harder (@AmyAHarder) June 6, 2017