Bringing Leaders Together to Solve Society's Problems

Clean water is becoming the least accessible and most expensive natural resource in the world.

Water is increasingly becoming a source of international conflict. In the U.S., and especially the Great Lakes, community water issues are front page news. Our communities are facing localized shortages of clean water, contaminated surface and groundwater sources, deteriorating water delivery infrastructure, and waterborne diseases and other health concerns.

Over the next 5-10 years, ensuring clean water, replacing aging infrastructure, and treating health issues caused by pathogens and heavy metals could cost upwards of $300 billion across the country. These concerns must be addressed by virtually every municipality, not to mention the millions of households that are concerned with potentially long-term health effects of exposure to contaminated drinking water. Communities need information, analytics, and planning support tools to help them understand and address these complex issues and ensure multi-stakeholder participation in the decision process.
CitiesRising Technologies believes water sustainability information exists and needs to be shared to make better decisions.

Our team of scientists and partners believe in empowering professionals working in water.  We are passionate about using technology to build new and stronger partnerships, to translate innovative ideas into powerful outcomes and to discover game-changing tools and resources.

CitiesRising Technologies believes in challenging the status quo because we aren’t a traditional consulting/environmental engineering or design firm.  We develop connectivity networks with proven state-of-the-science information and decision support systems, tailored on a project-by-project basis, to address the needs of planners, resource managers, decision-makers, and the public.

Our current actions include the following:

  • The Leadership Roundtable Summit November 16th 2017 led by CitiesRising Technologies, Aspen Institute and ESRI with a goal of creating an Internet of Water framework and the GeoHub concept. At this meeting, leaders, funding and a possible policy pact framework will be defined. This will lead to the WaterRising World Forum on August 12-17, 2018, an influential gathering of all the parties.
  • CitiesRising Technologies is bringing together partnerships between multiple stakeholders including The State of Michigan Office of the Great Lakes, Great Lakes Commission and IBM to deploy sensors and monitors along with information management system, an algorithm development to enhance to understand movements and water quality to and in Lake St. Clair. Please see the beta project with IBM Lake George Jefferson Project for more information.
  • AI Earth for Environmental research project will be conducted by the Institute of Water Research at Michigan State University, in cooperation with the MSU School of Planning, Design, and Construction, Eli Broad School of Business, and Department of Agriculture Economics; MSU Extension; and Cities Rising Technologies (CRT), an L3c corporation located in Detroit. The project is supported from Microsoft Corporation in the form of a grant received by MSU to incorporate data development and management using Cloud-based technologies.
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Convene Stakeholders

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Coordinate Efforts

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Interpret Outcomes

Cities Rising Technologies' aim is to generate and interpret data that helps organizations make informed decisions to foster positive social change.