D.I.R.T is a 21st century infrastructure system for Baltimore.  As opposed to the current paradigm of a centralized infrastructure system for utility and community services; DIRT is a distributed and interconnected infrastructure and technology system.  It utilizes the concept of interconnected micro-grids to ensure resiliency in the event of catastrophe, but also to maintain stability in day to day usage of utilities and services. DIRT will enable community level micro-grids to “Island” themselves from the city grid; in order to maintain electricity, water, sewer and community services in the event of a catastrophe.  In day to day operations these resources are input into the overall city grid to meet the City’s sustainability goals.

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