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Panel Discussion Puts Focus on Orlando’s Future as a Smart and Sustainable City

03/26/2019 4:37 PM | Anjali Vaya (Administrator)

Orlando, FL – March 24, 2019 The Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC), co-sponsored a panel discussion during March to focus on Orlando’s future as a smart and sustainable city.  The Smart and Sustainable Cities Collaboration II (SSCC) Panel Discussion brought together local officials, corporate and educational leaders to discuss how Orlando and Central Florida can implement more green initiatives within our community.  The goals are to create a cleaner, healthier, smarter and more sustainable future in Central Florida. 

The SSCC II Panel Discussion took place March 7th at the UCF Center for Emerging Media.  The IACC co-sponsored the event with the UCF India Center.

IACC President Yog Melwani said, “The panelists for the SSCC II event offered powerful insights about how we can improve our quality of life in Orlando, in the coming years.  Our leaders must consider many issues while ensuring sustainable policies meet the needs of present and future generations with respect to economic, social, environmental and cultural aspects.”

Panelists dug into dynamics of urban change; the opportunities and challenges that will increase for our community as we implement these innovations; the interdependence of social, economic, environmental and technological factors; and how these evolve as we shape the modern city, and work to improve the quality of urban life in Orlando.

Panelists included: Chris Castro- Director, Office of Sustainability and Resilience, City of Orlando; Eric Hill- Director of Transportation System Management and Operations, MetroPlan Orlando; Arthur Huang- Ph.D. LEED-AP, Assistant Professor, Rosen College of Hospitality Management, UCF.  This year’s event followed a successful panel discussion on smart and sustainable cities at Rollins College, last March.

Mr. Castro outlined how the Green Works Orlando program is using renewable energies and smart technologies on city buildings to save taxpayers money.  Mr. Castro said, “Orlando is becoming a national leader when it comes to cities using technology to enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors.”

Mr. Hill focused on how Central Florida leaders are developing smart transportation plans to reduce congestion.  He talked about apps that can show commuters where parking spaces are available, and he discussed how public transportation systems will use autonomous vehicles in the future.    

Mr. Huang outlined a UCF project to develop a smart tourism framework.  The project will enable city leaders across America to understand how they are performing on a variety of sustainability issues compared to other cities.

 The IACC is a strong Chamber of Commerce with a growing membership, dedicated to expanding the “reach” of its members’ businesses.  Together, the IACC and its members are committed to community service, to assisting charitable groups and to increasing trade between the United States and India.


The Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) is focused on “Connecting People and Fostering Business”.  The IACC is widely recognized as the business organization for the Asian Indian community, as well as other individuals and corporations who currently, or in the future, would like to do business with Asian Indians in Central Florida or in India.  Visit for more information. The IACC is a not for profit 501 (c)(6) organization.  


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