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IBM's 'Smarter Cities Challenge' comes to Burlington

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Six international experts have weighed in with new recommendations for the city of Burlington.

The three-week IBM Smarter Cities Challenge wrapped up Thursday. The experts say they've come up with long-term solutions to reduce the city's carbon footprint. Their recommendations: Improve public transportation options, use the existing smart grid system's data collection to encourage smart energy use -- increase renewable energy and streamline energy audits.

"They have given us a roadmap for exploration that is very concrete in the short term and represents things that we will do over the next year," said Mayor Miro Weinberger, D-Burlington.

An IBM grant paid for the study. How to implement the recommendations remains to be seen. The complete study won't be published for about a month.

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