The U.S.-ASEAN Smart Cities Partnership (USASCP) collaborated with the O’Neil School for Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University and 18 graduate students to share smart cities programming, urban tools and practices for improved urban sustainability. The students undertook desk assessments of key urban projects within the ASEAN Smart Cities Network and made formal presentations to staff from the State Department and the National Renewable Energy Labs (NREL).

ASEAN smart city projects focused on health and tourism in Chiang Mai to improve pandemic tracking; use of human and food waste to produce biogas to power institutional facilities in Cagayan de Oro; GIS mapping of marine plastic waste to reduce land-based plastic pollution in Kuala Lumpur, among several others. The research will be compiled and posted on the USASCP and the university website in 2022 and used to support current USASCP programming.