It seems intuitive, then, that perhaps the most effective way to fight back against climate change is to make our largest contributor to climate change more efficient.

Many U.S. cities have committed to climate change programs led, in part, by the C40, a network of cities around the world committed to addressing climate change.

And we’re certainly seeing municipalities such as Atlanta, Austin, TX, Denver and San Francisco actively pursuing and promoting smart cities programs that involve sustainability goals. Gartner predicts that by 2020, half of all global smart city programs will include sustainability and climate change as key performance indicators (KPIs).

Knowing the environmental benefits exist and then programmatically pursuing technologies that will enable them is something the federal government can encourage and enable. Getting to the point where 100% of major U.S. cities and rural areas are marching toward the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will involve a commitment to sustainability across all levels of government, in concert with business leaders and educators.