Thursday, August 06, 2009

Smarter Cities sans Burgh

Just something I never noticed before: Smarter Cities, something produced by the Natural Resources Defense Council. But what I thought interesting was that they don't seem to mention Pittsburgh in their universe of cities at all. Not sure what their criteria is, or why Pittsburgh isn't mentioned at all. It seems to include both larger and smaller cities so it's not that Pittsburgh is too small to be noticed. Maybe we just don't make their cut, or maybe they didn't get the 'New Pittsburgh' memo that is going around? Maybe nobody applied to something?


Blogger EdHeath said...

We're at number 61, good on green building and transportation.

Thursday, August 06, 2009 11:37:00 AM  
Blogger Jim Russell said...

They look at all cities above 50,000 in population. The City Search must be some sort of membership/participation list.

Thursday, August 06, 2009 11:40:00 AM  
Blogger Jim Russell said...

I see the problem. Pittsburgh didn't complete the survey so the data are incomplete.

Thursday, August 06, 2009 11:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

some day we'll be as smart as Canton!

Thursday, August 06, 2009 3:18:00 PM  
Blogger Paul McRandle said...

I edit the Smarter Cities web site and appreciate your comments about Pittsburgh. As Jim Russell mentioned, we did not receive a complete survey from Pittsburgh. Since publication, city officials have been in contact with us and will be completing surveys to come.

We would be grateful if you like to tell us more about Pittsburgh or comment on our criteria and methodology by joining our wiki community at

Paul McRandle
Consulting Senior Editor
Smarter Cities

Monday, August 10, 2009 11:10:00 AM  
Blogger EdHeath said...

I emailed Lindsay Baxter (Pittsburgh's Sustainability Coordinator). Interestingly, her response somewhat contradicts what Mr McRandle says (he implies the rankings for this year could be changed, she says she was told it could not). This is her response to me:
Hi Ed,

We are well aware of this study and very disappointed in our ranking. We
believe the ranking is completely inaccurate and have been in touch with
NRDC. They now have correct contact information for me and another
contact in the Mayor's Office for sending out the survey next year.
Unfortunately, nothing can be done about this year's rank.

Thank you for your concern and for taking the time to contact our
office. Please feel free to reach me with any further questions.


Lindsay Baxter
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
637 City County-Building
414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Thursday, August 13, 2009 11:39:00 AM  
Blogger Paul McRandle said...

Hi Ed,
Thank you for your follow up. I'm sorry for any confusion, but I assure you that I did not intend to imply that we would change Pittsburgh's rank in the current report. To be clear, we will be working with Pittsburgh on future surveys. Their rank in upcoming reports will reflect their survey responses and performance according to other measurements.
Paul McRandle

Thursday, August 13, 2009 11:56:00 AM  
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