Smarter NeighborhoodsSmarter CitySolutions for a More Sustainable New York—
“New York is the city where the future comes to rehearse...”                — Ed Koch                  Third Mayoral Inaug...
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the m...
The New York City NeighborhoodSmarter SchoolsCity schools can become smarter withperformance contracting, intelligentlight...
Solutions Summary    Smarter Schools                            Performance Contracts                                LOW M...
Smarter Schools                       Partnering with NYC schools on facility improvements represents a great             ...
Performance Contracting                                   Guaranteed performance-based solutions allow building and capita...
Smart Building Controls                                      Neighborhoods have a mix of building types—from residences to...
“We must work together today to make the changes we need so that the lives of those who come after us are even better than...
change, to balance short-term costs and long-term benefits... We must continue to makeprogress to ensure that New York is ...
Demand Response                                                                  Automated Demand response—also known as “...
Intelligent Lighting                     Intelligent lighting combines energy-efficient lamps, modern lighting electronics...
LED Lighting                      LED street lighting is robust, weatherproof and economical—often lasting                ...
Rooftop Solar                  One of the cleanest forms of power generation is photovoltaic (PV) solar energy.           ...
Electric-Car Infrastructure                                    Charging stations offer a safe method of transferring energ...
Community Intelligence                                       Being a part of a community meets a basic human need. Knowing...
Summary: The Way Forward     Technologies available today can create smarter and more sustainable     neighborhoods throug...
“Ideas matter in New York. I am certain that more conversations in New York are about ideas than anywhere else. Not just v...
© 2011 Siemens Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
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  1. 1. Smarter NeighborhoodsSmarter CitySolutions for a More Sustainable New York—
  2. 2. “New York is the city where the future comes to rehearse...” — Ed Koch Third Mayoral Inaugural Address
  3. 3. “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” — Charles DarwinFor the first time in human history, more Commissioners’ Plan of 1811 to thethan half of the global population lives nation’s first zoning ordinance inin urban areas, a percentage which may 1916; from Frederick Law Olmstedincrease to 70% by 2050. This trend is and Calvert Vaux’s Greenswardmost pronounced in the developing world. Plan of 1858 to Mayor Bloomberg’sShanghai’s population has almost doubled PlaNYC 2030. Transformativein little more than a decade, from less than infrastructure projects include13 million residents in 2000 to an estimated opening the Erie Canal in 182523 million today, and by 2050 it is expected to create new trading routes andto exceed 50 million—twice as many as damning the Croton River in 1842the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut to provide clean drinking water.metropolitan region. Every day some50,000 people move into India’s cities, To remain a global region, we mustthe equivalent of a new Staten Island every expand on this tradition and learnone and a half weeks. to adapt to new challenges. Charles Darwin’s insight applies just as muchIn the New York metropolitan region, we to communities as to species. Citiesare expected to grow by 3 million residents must be able to adapt to changingby 2030, even as we confront the need environments—whether this meansto reduce our carbon footprint. We are a warmer planet, or higher costa growing metropolis in need of better of electricity, or tighter budgets.transit, cleaner energy, more efficient To paraphrase Darwin, it is not thepublic services and smarter schools. richest, strongest, or most beautifulFortunately, we are living in a period of cities that will thrive and survive inrapid urbanization just as innovation, the urban century. It is the smartestinformation technology and smart systems ones that can best adapt to change.are fundamentally changing how we And just as DNA is the means thatbuild and manage cities and metropolitan species use to adapt to changingregions. It is this relationship between environments, so then informationgrowth and sustainability that will technologies and sustainabilitydetermine what cities become in the are the instruments for building21st century. the cities of the 21st century.New York City and the tri-state Fortunately, as Siemens demonstratesmetropolitan region have an extraordinary in this compelling report, we havehistory of innovation to build on, including the tools and applications to makeinvestments in infrastructure and human our neighborhoods and cities morecapital. Great plans range from the resilient, more efficient, and more livable—today. — Thomas K. Wright Executive Director Regional Plan Association 1
  4. 4. The New York City NeighborhoodSmarter SchoolsCity schools can become smarter withperformance contracting, intelligentlighting and smart building controls. Moreenergy-efficient and better-lit schoolsmean healthier learning environmentsfor New York City’s students.Performance ContractingGuaranteed performance-based solutionsallow capital improvements to be fundedthrough energy savings, often eliminatingcapital outlays and reducing operating costs.Smart Building ControlsOptimized power usage balancescomfort in commercial, residential andpublic buildings with cost savings andenvironmental protection.Demand ResponseNew York’s power grid sometimesstruggles to match supply with demand.Neighborhoods actively linked to utilitiesvia demand response are able totemporarily cut back power consumptionthereby reducing the possibility of anoutage while still maintaining reliability,comfort and security.Intelligent LightingSmart lighting knows whether buildingspaces are being used or not—savingenergy when rooms are empty. On sunnydays, smart lighting can adjust to maintainoptimal light levels, thereby saving energy.LED LightingEfficient LED lighting enables better useof neighborhood streets and parks atnight while improving security, reducingenergy consumption and substantiallycutting costs.Rooftop SolarOwners can tap into the power of the sunand reduce their neighborhoods’ energyconsumption by installing these solutionson city rooftops.Electric-Car InfrastructureAs more electric vehicles hit the road,charging stations connected to thepower grid will increase as well. NYCneighborhoods could benefit from thismajor shift.Community IntelligenceLinking publicly available data andsocial network data to computers andinformation displays can empowerneighborhoods with real-time communityinformation while also promoting civicinvolvement.
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  6. 6. Solutions Summary Smarter Schools Performance Contracts LOW MED HIGH LOW MED HIGH Social Benefits Social Benefits Economic Benefits Economic Benefits Environmental Benefits Environmental Benefits Difficulty Difficulty Typical Payback Period <1 year Typical Payback Period Varies Smart Building Controls Demand Response LOW MED HIGH LOW MED HIGH Social Benefits Social Benefits Economic Benefits Economic Benefits Environmental Benefits Environmental Benefits Difficulty Difficulty Typical Payback Period 2-3 years Typical Payback Period <1 year Intelligent Lighting LED Lighting LOW MED HIGH LOW MED HIGH Social Benefits Social Benefits Economic Benefits Economic Benefits Environmental Benefits Environmental Benefits Difficulty Difficulty Typical Payback Period 2-3 years Typical Payback Period 3-4 years Rooftop Solar Electric-Car Infrastructure LOW MED HIGH LOW MED HIGH Social Benefits Social Benefits Economic Benefits Economic Benefits Environmental Benefits Environmental Benefits Difficulty Difficulty Typical Payback Period 15+ years Typical Payback Period Varies Community Intelligence LOW MED HIGH Stronger Sustainability Social Benefits Economic Benefits Weaker Sustainability Environmental Benefits Difficulty Technologies with stronger sustainability Typical Payback Period <1 year have greater combined social, economic and environmental benefits.4
  7. 7. Smarter Schools Partnering with NYC schools on facility improvements represents a great opportunity for the City to drive neighborhood sustainability across all five boroughs. Schools can achieve benefits in all sustainability categories—economic, social and environmental—with the biggest bang-for-the-buck coming from combining energy-efficient technologies with performance contracting. Using this approach, capital improvements can be paid for with energy savings that result from long-term sustainability improvements. This methodology evaluates all possible areas for improvement from water to heating oil to energy. It also provides a comprehensive and individualized plan for each building, clearly detailing facility improvements as well as the savings potential that can result.Numerous Hendrick Hudson School Districtperformance in Westchester County expectscontracting projects an annual savings of $250,000 as a result of implementingare currently guaranteed energy improvementunderway measures.throughout The Orange & Ulster BoardsNew York State. of Cooperative EducationalAbout 200 school Services will reduce emissions the equivalent of taking somebuildings have 175 cars off the road annually.generated some$47 million Barriers have existed preventingin energy savings Social Benefits Economic Benefits New York City from leveraging energyto date. None Students learn more and achieve While savings vary based on savings through performance at higher levels when attending specific facility improvements, contracting in public schools. NYCof these schools, schools that are safe, properly it is possible to save up to 30% is taking action, however. It recentlyhowever, are in lighted and in good condition. on energy costs. These savings announced its “Comprehensive Plan Technologies that enable can be used to implementNew York City. to Increase Energy Efficiency and energy savings also provide longer-term facility improvements Environmental Quality at Schools.” a safer learning environment that would otherwise have been By leveraging guaranteed energy by providing better lighting, left out of shorter-term projects. performance contracting, there maybe cleaner heating and overall For example, NYC currently plans an opportunity to scale the program healthier buildings. to simultaneously address energy faster, deploy more comprehensive efficiency and environmental improvement measures and enable Environmental Benefits risk (PCBs) in older light fixtures. NYC schools to participate in energy New York City is home to America’s largest public school Difficulty demand response programs. system serving more than one Medium difficulty to implement. million students in nearly 1,700 schools. The City is putting Typical Payback Period forward a plan to reduce The payback period for generally greenhouse gas emissions by as older buildings such as schools much as 200,000 metric tons— using performance contracting roughly equivalent to taking is typically less than a year. 40,000 cars off the road. Cutting The guaranteed energy savings emissions throughout City are then used to pay for the schools can go a long way in improvements. helping the City meets its goals. 5
  8. 8. Performance Contracting Guaranteed performance-based solutions allow building and capital improvements to be made and funded through a building’s ongoing energy savings.Sustainable and The City of Houston, Texas,self financing. is saving $5 million over aWhat’s not to like? ten-year period by implementing energy-efficiency improvements and eliminating the equivalent of more than 2,600 tons of greenhouse gases annually. New York City currently does not leverage performance contracting as Houston does. Reasons vary, but thought leaders from the City’s public, private and non-profit sectors could form a task force to identify barriers and suggest solutions forSocial Benefits Environmental Benefits older buildings—a detailed, leveraging Performance ContractingEnergy-efficient buildings are Solutions are designed in a investment-grade, energy with the goal of driving job creationtypically more attractive for collaborative process with analysis is made to determine and creating positive sustainabilityresidents and employees. They building owners, school districts the specific improvements changes for NYC.have higher property values and city agencies to set—and that make the most businessand are healthier due to better achieve—sustainability goals. sense and have the greatestenvironmental controls. By using They include obtaining nationally environmental impact. By themore performance contracting, recognized classifications like end of the contract, if therenew jobs could be created ENERGY STAR™ labeling or LEED is a shortfall, the commercialthroughout New York City. Certification by optimizing provider picks up the tab. energy and water efficiency; If appplicable, savings are reducing greenhouse gas passed on directly to the city, emissions; improving indoor air commercial, or residential quality and occupant comfort; building owner. installing meters, sub-meters and energy management systems; Difficulty modernizing heating systems Medium difficulty to implement. and boilers as well as providing renewable energy. Typical Payback Period The typical duration of a Economic Benefits performance contract is Savings can be guaranteed under 15 to 20 years. During this an energy savings performance time, savings resulting from contract. A preliminary analysis is energy improvements are conducted to determine current directed towards paying off energy use and identify areas implementation costs. From a for maximizing energy savings. customer perspective, positive If potential savings are found— cash flow is typically achieved which is usually the case in in fewer than two years.6
  9. 9. Smart Building Controls Neighborhoods have a mix of building types—from residences to commercial spaces to public facilities—in some cases, all at the same address. Balancing energy consumption with personal comfort across a variety of building types requires the use of smart building controls connected to an intelligent building automation system which utilizes the building’s real-time environmental information.Heating and A challenge for some New York City buildings is the fact that occupantslighting in are not the direct beneficiaries of thebuildings consumes energy savings from smart building40% of energy controls improvements. Enabling occupants to be responsible for theirworldwide. energy bills—as part of their budgets, for example—is a step in the right direction towards empowering energy consumers.Social Benefits healthier building environment DifficultyBuildings change over time. while newer technologies can Medium difficulty to implement.Smart building controls can adapt reduce energy consumptionto keep a comfortable energy and lower greenhouse gases. Typical Payback Periodefficient environment based Buildings can also be optimized Varies according to building ageon current conditions. People using intelligent control systems and infrastructure. Performanceexperience less eye-strain to provide light only when contracting reduces or eliminatesand fatigue and can be more needed as well as reduce heating the need for capital outlay andproductive in spaces that are and cooling. the facility’s energy savings canbetter lit and where air quality is be used to repay the investmentbetter controlled and healthier. Economic Benefits costs. Cost savings of 10 to 40% areEnvironmental Benefits realistic from optimizing buildingAging infrastructure typically controls depending on theuses more energy while also type of structure. For example,posing potential risks associated retail spaces often have awith older materials. Replacing higher savings potential whileold infrastructure makes for a commercial buildings are often between 20 to 30%. How we use energy in our homes (based on national averages): Heating and Cooling Lighting, Cooking, and Water Refrige- Other Appliances Heating ration 44% 33% 14% 9% 7
  10. 10. “We must work together today to make the changes we need so that the lives of those who come after us are even better than our own. We must work together to share ideas, to promote innovation, to make pragmatic8
  11. 11. change, to balance short-term costs and long-term benefits... We must continue to makeprogress to ensure that New York is a greener,greater city...” — PlaNYC Progess Report 2010 9
  12. 12. Demand Response Automated Demand response—also known as “Demand-Side Management”—is the automated change in end-users’ power consumption compared with their normal usage. It’s often used to reduce power when prices change or when the grid is in jeopardy. This solution is able to continuously adjust energy consumption by reacting to changes both within a building and in the surrounding grid. It uses a continuous feedback loop based on collected energy data as well as actions taken to lower demand in response to utilities’ requests.The greenest Demand as a percentage of available capacity Effect: of Demand Response On hot summer days, energykilowatt (kW) demand can exceed normalis the one never capacity. Demand Response helps by temporarily loweringproduced. building and facility power in a sustainable manner. For example, a large midtown complex participating in Demand Response has a 500 kW curtailment potential. It receives Purple: Forcasted Demand advance notification of the Black: Actual Demand City’s power needs and makes proactive decisions to temporarily power down or setback systems, giving the needed capacity back Morning Afternoon Night to the City. Social Benefits Economic Benefits New York City’s neighborhoods Residential and commercial are especially vulnerable to users can receive financial blackouts due to the City’s need incentives to participate in to power subways, elevators demand response programs. and lighting. Automated Demand Gently reducing power Response enables greater consumption across a large reliability with minimal impact to number of consumers helps neighborhoods’—and citizens’— keep the power flowing and daily routines. the lights on. Utilities win by not having to purchase Environmental Benefits additional power and can defer In peak-load situations where expensive upgrades to the there’s too much demand and grid infrastructure. Consumers not enough supply, only two win by being “paid” to cut options are available: rapid consumption for a limited time. supply increase or rapid demand reduction. Supply increases can Difficulty be achieved either by power Medium difficulty to implement. transmission from adjacent grids or by starting emergency Typical Payback Period reserve power plants—also The payback period depends on known as “peaker plants”— incentives provided by the power which are not always environ- utilities. Return on investment mentally friendly. By reducing is possible within a year under consumer demand, the use current Demand Response of these plants can be avoided programs. and money saved.10
  13. 13. Intelligent Lighting Intelligent lighting combines energy-efficient lamps, modern lighting electronics, as well as thorough analyses to optimize illumination, increase comfort and reduce costs. “Re-lamping”—as it’s often referred to—is one of the simplest ways to upgrade old infrastructure and reduce the environmental impact of older lighting technologies such as incandescent bulbs and electromagnetic ballasts.Lighting typically The Philipsburg-Osceola Schoolaccounts for about District in Pennsylvania is today20% of a city’s saving some $70,000 annually following a lighting retrofittotal electrical that was the equivalent ofconsumption. taking 100 cars off the road. (Before-and-after photos.) Con Edison’s warehouse in Astoria, Queens, lowered its energy usage with integrated Social Benefits Economic Benefits occupancy sensors. Lighting is automatically turned off Intelligent lighting systems Linking lighting and controls in unoccupied areas. provide solutions that are closer enables lights to be used where to sunlight in quality, reduce they are most needed. For eye-strain and fatigue and example, public school lights also create a more inviting can be connected to sensors environment for public spaces which detect when people are such as building lobbies and occupying a room, automatically atriums. turning lights on or off. Power consumption can be cut 20 Environmental Benefits to 40% depending on existing Buildings of all types can benefit controls. from reducing greenhouse gases. For a typical school Difficulty retrofit, for example, carbon Easy to implement. dioxide (CO2), sulfer dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOX) Typical Payback Period can be reduced by as much as Payback period is typically 3 to 7 metric tons annually. 2 to 3 years. 11
  14. 14. LED Lighting LED street lighting is robust, weatherproof and economical—often lasting 3 to 5 times longer than traditional street lamps. By consuming only half as much power, this technology saves money and is better for the environment. LED lighting will also likely replace conventional lighting over the next years.LED lamps can save In Lansing Michigan, more thanup to 80% in energy 250 street lamps were retrofittedcosts compared to improve lighting conditions with an expected savings ofto incandescent 270,000 kWh annually, thelamps. greenhouse gas equivalent to those from 23 cars per year. (photo) Central Connecticut State University retrofitted 500 Victorian lamps in parking lot and pedestrian walkway fixtures with a projected savings of $1 million during the next 12 years. Social Benefits Environmental Benefits Pine Land Farms in New Poor street lighting reduces Replacing just 12 street fixtures Gloucester, Maine, upgraded sky visibility by adding to a with LEDs is the environmental 200 lamps, saving some $30,000 “sky glow” over the city that equivalent of taking one car off annually, cutting approximately can be seen from miles away. the road for a year. LED lighting 300,000 pounds of CO2, 1,200 LED light is more focused, is shatterproof and mercury pounds of SO2, and 600 pounds properly controlled, and when free, reducing its environmental of NOX emissions from the re-directed, it can help bring impact over traditional street atmosphere annually. our skies back to star gazing. lamps. With LEDs, there is a wide range Economic Benefits of color temperature options LEDs have a long life of 50,000 from warm white to daylight. hours which helps reduce With more choices, we can maintenance costs compared use lighting more effectively with traditional high-pressure to create environments that sodium lamps. Energy savings are well-lit and aesthetically of up to 33% or more can be pleasing. Well-lit conditions achieved when combined with also evoke the feeling of safety intelligent sensors. over comparable dimly or poorly lit streets. Difficulty Medium difficulty to implement. Typical Payback Period Payback period is typically 3 to 4 years.12
  15. 15. Rooftop Solar One of the cleanest forms of power generation is photovoltaic (PV) solar energy. NYC has a significant number of rooftops which could support solar installations. But does solar make cents for the City? Not under current circumstances. All solar installations depend on incentives, including federal tax credits which typically account for some 50% of any solar installation’s capital costs. To break even in fewer than five years, state and local incentives are required. Without these incentives, the payback period can exceed 15 years, making solar economically unattractive for investors. In order to optimize the tax incentives, there needs to be an investment entity with the means to monetize the federal tax credits over the duration of the credit.Does solar make Siemens’ train manufacturingcents? facility, Sacramento, CA; 2,300 kW installed (photo). County of Sacramento: 100 kW rooftop installation. Nashville MDHA I and II: Nashville, TN. Jersey City Housing Authority: under construction. Norwalk Housing Authority: Norwalk, CT, under construction. Waterbury Housing Authority: Social Benefits few as five years thanks to the Waterbury, CT, Residents and commercial Garden State’s solar utility under construction. businesses feel a sense of pride incentives. In NYC, however, that in using green power to reduce same installation would take their utility bills while also more than 15 years to pay back. The New York State Senate is currently helping the environment. The City also has unique urban considering the N.Y. Solar Industry challenges with shade created by Development and Jobs Act. Legislation Environmental Benefits buildings. Additional incentives such as this, as well as changes to the For every 300 kW of solar would be needed to compensate state’s renewable portfolio standards, power generated, 20 tons of sites with partial shading. are necessary to help drive solar’s greenhouse gases are avoided. adoption in New York City. Difficulty Economic Benefits Medium difficulty to implement. Rooftop solar has the capacity to pay for itself faster in other Typical Payback Period states. In New Jersey, for Typically 4 to 5 years with local example, a rooftop installation’s or state incentives; 15+ years costs can be recouped in as without. Where solar energy’s payback comes from: Federal Incentives Local and State Incentives Energy Savings 50% 40% 10% 13
  16. 16. Electric-Car Infrastructure Charging stations offer a safe method of transferring energy from the grid to different kinds of Electric Vehicles (EVs) providing benefits for both the charging station host and the e-car driver. Features include automated billing, station location and availability, charging status notifications and energy management as well as tracking capabilities.“Those who can, E-Car charging station “fueling” build.” a fleet van. Large fleets benefit — Robert Moses from utilizing EVs and are less subject to rising oil prices. (photo) U.S. utility pilot project: More than 75 units have been sold, of which, 25 are installed and ready for use. Additional units have been ordered. Consortium Project: Edison— Danish Energy Association. Building codes will need to be changed to address how charging stations are installed. Residential and commercialSocial Benefits Environmental Benefits Difficulty garages can expedite the deploymentParking is at a premium in NYC. Electric vehicles and their Medium-to-high difficulty of electric vehicle infrastructure.Creating neighborhood electric charging infrastructures help to implement as thevehicle-only charging spaces can to reduce greenhouse gas power infrastructure for a New York City also has one of thecreate a demand for EVs as well emissions while minimizing neighborhood needs to be largest numbers of public parkingas improve neighborhood access fossil fuel consumption. The evaluated and potential garages in the country. To encouragefor those who already have an amount of emissions created by upgrades may be required. EV adoption, an outreach andEV. Local public electric vehicle a non-renewable energy source Parking regulations need education program regardingcharging stations can also generating power for an electric to be evaluated to allow for EV infrastructure permitting andencourage the adoption of vehicle is 30% less than the long-duration parking time installation should be conducted.electric cars by providing emissions emitted by a similar and zoning allowing carslocations for drivers to safely gas-powered vehicle. to charge during the day.charge vehicles in theirneighborhood or as a community Economic Benefits Payback Periodhub for on-demand hourly Public charging stations can Varies. Dependant on revenuerentals of electric vehicles. generate revenue for New York model and available incentives. City from the combined parking fees and EV charging costs. A driver subscription model that provides access to unlimited charging is an option which can create a reliable revenue stream for NYC. Combined with incentives, models such as this may allow the City or investment groups to recoup capital and service expenses.14
  17. 17. Community Intelligence Being a part of a community meets a basic human need. Knowing your surroundings, having access to relevant local information, and feeling closely connected to your neighborhood—and to the City—builds trust. As New York City continues to grow, residents are at risk of losing their sense of community. Community Intelligence represents a unique solution to meet our basic need for community in the digital age. By linking multiple sources of information—mobile phones, computers, and information displays—in a useful, personalized and interactive way, we enable more meaningful connections to the City while building a greater sense of community.Knowledgeempowers!Social Benefits Environmental Benefits include personalized publicCommunity Intelligence is the Thanks to environmental service announcements; pushing HeyGov!, the City of Sanumbrella covering two-way, transparency, efficient digital messages to help prevent Francisco’s interactive 311personalized communications communities today can produce a brownout or blackout; asking system rendered on a map enables users to view thebringing residents closer to less waste while preserving the the community to watch for intensity of 311 activity overtheir neighborhoods via publicly environment. But most NYC suspects in real time; as well a period of time. (photo)available data. It enables more residents and businesses today as soliciting public opinion, forcommerce; empowers citizens neither know how much—nor example, on where to begin a NYC BigApps2.0—There are moreto reduce power consumption exactly when—they are construction project, what roads than 50 applications showingand greenhouse gases; and it consuming power, heat or to fix first, etc. According to how city agency data can bekeeps citizens better informed water. By providing information NYC BigApps2.0, the release of used to deliver personalizedabout local events and transit on how a neighborhood is data can also provide important and intelligent information forconditions. Citizens can also be impacting the environment in transparency encouraging residents and visitors.seen as an active extension of the real time, residents can take greater governmentCity by reporting concerns and appropriate actions to become accountability and accessibility.issues in real-time—improving more efficient as a community— Real-time access to 311 data suchquality of life for all New Yorkers. leading to a higher quality of life Difficulty as the Open 311 approach enables and a deeper civic engagement. Easy to medium depending new web-based applications that on the application and number use real-time data empowering Economic Benefits of data sources integrated and citizens to track the status of repairs Greater transparency using shared as well as the degree or improvements, while also allowing dashboards or scorecards of interactivity of users within them to make new requests for enables city management to the system. services. improve operations efficiency and to make better decisions. Payback Period Community Intelligence can Varies by application. 15
  18. 18. Summary: The Way Forward Technologies available today can create smarter and more sustainable neighborhoods throughout all of New York City. These proven solutions are already in use in the Tri-State Area and throughout neighborhoods across the United States. To support New York in its planning decisions, the Regional Plan Association and Siemens can convene experts from other cities, organizations and companies to explore in depth how the diverse neighborhoods that make up all five boroughs can help New York City become more sustainable—today. In weighing all the options, performance contracting is one of the best ways of accelerating sustainability improvements while minimizing capital outlays. While not a new concept, this cost saving method is currently under utilized in New York City. Overcoming this barrier can lead to job creation as well as improve the City’s quality of life. New York can best maximize the social, economic and environmental impact these sustainability changes can provide by using a phased implementation. Deploy technologies with the shortest economic payback first and then move towards solutions with longer-term returns. Action taken today can reap benefits tomorrow and in years to come for the millions of residents who call New York City home. Solutions for a More Sustainable New York City Smarter Schools Performance Contracting Smart Building Controls Demand Response Intelligent Lighting LED Lighting Rooftop Solar Electric-Car Infrastructure Community Intelligence16
  19. 19. “Ideas matter in New York. I am certain that more conversations in New York are about ideas than anywhere else. Not just vague theories, but ideas that New Yorkers have the will, and the clout, to do something about.” — David Frost 17
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