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ANSI Network on Smart and Sustainable Cities (ANSSC)

ANSI Network on Smart and Sustainable Cities

ANSSC Overview

The ANSI Network on Smart and Sustainable Cities (ANSSC) is a forum for information sharing and coordination on voluntary standards, conformity assessment and related activities for smart and sustainable cities in the U.S. and abroad.

Launched in 2014, the ANSSC serves as a one-stop shop where city authorities and others knowledgeable in urban infrastructure planning and sustainable development – who may have limited resources for active standards participation – can engage with ANSI, learn about work taking place in the formal standards process, and articulate their issues and needs. The network provides standards practitioners a venue to hear these perspectives and describe how standardization can assist cities and local governments in addressing the challenges they face. Conversely, there are many resources and activities that have been developed outside of the formal standards process (such as rating systems, readiness guides, and best practices) that standards practitioners may not be aware of but that could potentially inform future standards and conformity assessment activities. The network dialogue will raise awareness of standardization initiatives, bring new participants into the process, and influence the direction of future standards development activity.


The increase in urbanization, climate change impacts, and aging infrastructure, combined with the ready availability of new capabilities to use urban data, have given rise to a flurry of standardization activities at the national, regional, and international levels in relation to smart and sustainable cities. In 2012, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) launched technical committee 268 on Sustainable Development in Communities. In 2013, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee (JTC) 1 on Information technology, all convened strategic groups to assess current and needed standards for smart and sustainable cities. ISO followed suit in 2014. These strategic policy groups have since given rise to the development of technical standards and recommendations. Regional and national standards bodies in Europe and Asia also have undertaken strategic initiatives to explore this area.

As the U.S. member of ISO and, via the U.S. National Committee, IEC, ANSI convened a meeting of its members in April 2013 [see related news item] and a follow-up workshop in November [see related news item and workshop report] to examine the role of standardization in achieving the promise of smart and sustainable cities. Of particular focus was the need for coordination, collaboration, and avoidance of duplication of effort among relevant standardization activities taking place internationally, as well as coordination of U.S. engagement in this work.

Participation / Registration

Participation in the network is an exclusive benefit of membership for ANSI full members. If you are not already a full member of ANSI, find out more about the benefits of ANSI membership.

Network participants include representatives from industry, organizations involved in urban infrastructure planning and sustainable development, standards developing organizations, the federal government, and academia, providing a range of perspectives.


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ISO 37101:2016,
Sustainable development in communities - Management system for sustainable development - Requirements with guidance for use

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ISO 18091: 2014,
Quality management systems – Guidelines for the application of ISO 9001:2008 in local government

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ISO 37120: 2014,
Sustainable development of communities - Indicators for city services and quality of life

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Staff Contacts

General inquiries can be sent to

Jim McCabe
Senior Director, Standards Facilitation
Tel: 212.642.8921

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