FSU's College of Social Sciences and Public Policy awarded 2.5 million dollar grant

Posted at 6:51 PM, Nov 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-15 13:58:58-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The Florida State University College of Social Sciences and Public Policy is awarded a 2.5 million dollar grant.

The project falls under the Smart and Connected Communities Initiative.

WTXL ABC 27's Valerie Mills met with Richard Feiock to learn more about the project.

The initiative aims to advance understanding of functioning cities to improve the quality of life through innovations in different technology fields.

The purpose of the project is to help cities prepare for the constantly changing future of technology and infrastructure.

The research team will gather data on the access and use of systems at the neighborhood level and investigate the planning futures in Tallahassee and Leon County.

By investigating the current distribution of the systems and developing future scenarios, Tallahassee will be able to prepare for changes in technology and infrastructure.

Feiock says, with new developments such as autonomous vehicles, smart energy systems and urban farms, new infrastructures play a large role in Health and Environmental Sustainability in City Neighborhoods.

He adds the solar farm being implemented at the Tallahassee Airport is the first push by the Smart City Strategy Initiative.

Researchers in the cities of saint paul and minneapolis are partners in the project over the next 3 years.

It's all part of an ongoing Sustainability Research Network led by the National Science Foundation.