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There has been much discussion surrounding how a smart grid would have prevented the flooding, and related outages, from Superstorm Sandy. Perhaps the answer lies more in a smart water grid.

Some U.S. cities will get the chance to test this theory. A new public-private program will help cities across the country finance and build resilient integrated urban storm water infrastructure systems in order to prevent damage during future severe weather events, and the Rockefeller Foundation will provide up to $3 million in seed money in just the first two years.

Using innovative sustainable infrastructure such as replacing concrete with porous pavement, restoring creeks and wetlands, and increasing tree cover can help cities manage storm water often at a fraction of the cost of upgrading traditional concrete infrastructure, making them more resilient to extreme weather.

"RE.invest will empower local communities to design and construct more resilient storm water systems and use innovative financing approaches to do so," said Dr. Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation. "Philanthropic, private and public dollars must work together to help cities better respond to events like Superstorm Sandy, [and] invest in technology for the future..."

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