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June 15, 2011

Michael Smith's presentation from America’s Sustainable Future: How U.S. Cities Are Making Energy Work, an invitational conference of public-private partnership efforts from U.S. cities pursuing innovative energy management and smart grid initiatives. The assembled leaders in industry, research and policy-making will explore the diverse energy strategies emerging in Philadelphia and across the United States.

“We’re really looking forward to both learning from the great examples set by other cities represented in the conference, and showing off the groundbreaking work happening right here in Philadelphia,” says Laurie Actman, Viridity Energy’s director of strategic partnerships and public policy.

“With smart ideas and smart policy, we should be able to build support for smart grid projects and microgrids at the federal, state and local level.”"Energy technology is changing at such a rapid pace, it's crucial to examine who's doing it right in smart grid and microgrid projects all around the country," says Eugenie Birch, Penn IUR co-director.

"With the right policy moves—which we'll be exploring at the conference—Philadelphia can be a national leader in energy innovation," noted Susan Wachter, Penn IUR co-director.

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  • John Chambers , Cisco Chairman and CEO "As cities all over the world experience significant population growth, the need to sustainably balance social, economic and environmental resources becomes even more paramount. In fact, urban areas currently contribute at least 60 percent of global carbon emissions. Cisco believes that technology can transform how the world manages these energy and environmental challenges. “ With Envision Charlotte, we can completely transform a city. We can do it in Charlotte first, then find another two cities in China or Asia and another two in Europe. In a community that is in many ways a top energy center and a top financial community with Wells Fargo and Bank of America, suddenly we see a model for the rest of the nation and the rest of the world….and we’re all in!”
  • Factors are converging Transit hub Bicycle route connectivity Urban living Electric Vehicle charging network Walkability Mix of uses Concentration of office space Concentration of LEED certified buildings Collaboration of civic and private entities toward a shared vision of sustainability
  • Promotes healthy place to live, work and play Showcases Charlotte as leader in sustainability 1. Attracts businesses and jobs due to reduced operation costs 2. Attracts tomorrow’s workforce 3. Lessens impact on environment
  • A unique public-private collaboration that is leading Charlotte to become a global model for environmental sustainability and measurable community results. Charlotte will be THE model for how communities ought to work together. We will achieve success by inspiring and leading all levels and facets of a community to consider their actions and change their behaviors … from the municipal and civic leaders who make city changing decisions … to CEOs whose decision sand direction impacts our economic vitality, … to the workers that use the buildings and … the front line teams the keep our streets clean.
  • Believes environmental sustainability, when combined with a pro-business approach, benefits the regional economy and  is achieved through perpetual, formal stewardship of defined resources in the environment in the areas of: Energy ▪ Water ▪ Air ▪ Waste Creating efficiencies in these impact areas will be driven through a model program approach where discriminate measurements are gathered and acted upon which will create an economic differentiator where Uptown is meaureably more cost efficient and sustainable this environment will positively impact vacancy rates and attract future workers and talent to our city which will bring more jobs to our city and benefit our regional economy
  • . Three major mission categories:   Model Programs - Make the center city a living laboratory to foster innovation and first-of-their kind programs in energy, water, air-quality and waste that can be scaled and replicated in other communities.    Detailed Measurements - Measure and document qualified efforts that simultaneously improve the environment, the business conditions and the overall quality of life in communities.   
  • Laboratory is set for model programs in each
  • Model Program for Energy Impact Area Key partners in Smart Energy Now: Duke Energy Cisco Verizon Intelligent Buildings MIT UNCC USGBC Energy managers of major employers 70 buildings and facility managers
  • Connect community only done through something measurable/tangiible Empowre sta

Michael Smith - Envision Charlotte Michael Smith - Envision Charlotte Presentation Transcript

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  • Envision: Charlotte Announced Sept ’10 at Clinton Global Initiative Envision: Charlotte is a unique public-private collaboration that is leading Charlotte to become a global model for environmental sustainability and measurable community results.
  • Downtowns are Uniquely Positioned for Sustainability
  • Envision: Charlotte Center City 2020 Vision Plan…
    • Charlotte’s foundation for success
    • has included a Center City that is…
      • Viable ▪ Livable ▪ Memorable
    • A vital addition to the 2020 vision…
      • Sustainable
    “ The next decade of development should serve as a role model for the region, creating an active learning laboratory by integrating the most innovative sustainability practices...”
  • Envision: Charlotte
    • A unique public-private collaboration
  • Envision: Charlotte
    • Environmental sustainability benefits the regional economy
      • Energy ▪ Water ▪ Air ▪ Waste
  • Envision: Charlotte
        • Model Programs   
        • Detailed Measurements  
  • Collaboration
    • Connecting and measuring usage as a community is one way to move towards this goal
    • Approximately 70 building participants
  • Energy: Smart Energy Now
    • Goal: Reduce energy usage in uptown buildings by up to 20% by 2016 and avoid 220,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases.
    • Enough energy to power 40,000 homes for one year.
  • Empowering Building Owners / Managers
    • Information drives energy management
        • Measurement &Verification on energy improvement projects
        • Lease structure / costs allocation (sub-metering)
  • How will we Connect with the Community
    • Via real-time information and using this to drive behavior changes in 75,000 office workers downtown via:
    • Interactive displays
    • Websites, games and mobile applications
    • Social Networking
    • Grassroots energy champion programs
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