Climate & Energy

Transportation & Mobility

Transportation is the #1 source of greenhouse gasses in the U.S. -- a continued reliance on fossil-fuel for our mobility needs is not consistent with tackling climate change. Programs such as the Smart City Challenge empower local governments to accelerate the adoption of cleaner technologies and better mobility strategies.

To catalyze that needed investment, Paul G. Allen partnered with the U.S. Department of Transportation on the Smart City Challenge to enable winner Columbus, Ohio, to create a first-of-its-kind modern transportation system that will demonstrate “what’s possible” by showcasing bold innovations, climate-friendly vehicles and technologies that link people to transportation information in ways that will improve quality of life and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Allen will contribute up to $10 million to the project, as well as technical assistance and guidance, alongside the U.S. DOT's $40 million commitment.

Columbus will be a leader on how to successfully replace carbon-based fuel consumption through critical system improvements that increase safety, reduce carbon emissions, and enhance mobility. The challenge will catalyze further innovation and scalable, proof-of-concept solutions to one of the world’s most urgent problems. We will show the practicality and rewards of transitioning from dirty, carbon-based fuels to clean, low-carbon energy sources.

The Smart City Challenge inspired 78 mid-sized cities to compete for the opportunity to demonstrate how advanced data and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) technologies and applications can be used to reduce congestion, keep travelers safe, protect the environment, respond to climate change, and support economic vitality.

Climate & Energy

We create and enable innovative approaches to filling key data gaps, leveraging advanced technology to lower climate pollution, and data-driven initiatives for policy reform.

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