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Notes from the Field:VERGE DC Conference 2012             John Lehnert    Sustainable Urban Development       Presidio Gra...
Verge DC: OverviewA project of GreenBiz – research, eventsConvergence of four key technologies:• Energy• Building• Transpo...
Century of the CityDemographics & Economics:• 50% world population (now)  70% (2050)• Top 100 cities comprise 30% of worl...
Century of the City “Citystates” - states of cities define how they matter 1) Connected 2) Decisive 3) Adaptive 4) Collabo...
Energy: The New (resilient) Grid• Utilities:  “dinosaurs”• Micro-utilities:  need price info• Data in real time• Monitorin...
Buildings: Energy EfficiencyBuilt environment is leading user of electricityKey Trends:• Measure/monitor• More project dat...
Transportation: Electric VehiclesEV (autos, motorcycles)Must address access to powerConvergent benefit:Cars as grid powers...
Information: Big DataThe “Global Brain”• Humans connected/augmentedThe Internet of Things• 50 B devices• Using ambient ene...
Information: ToolsAMEE:Carbon footprint of everything              Tendril:              Connecting everything
Citystate: Adaptive/ExperimentalTechnology – Code for America• IT solutions to urban challengesTechnology – City of San Fr...
Citystate: Collaboration / Competition City of Philadelphia • Recycling competition (3x increase) • Dow – white roofs ( + ...
My view of Convergence…Transportation           Energy            Building                 Data  Tools  Analysis        ...
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Verge DC Report

  1. 1. Notes from the Field:VERGE DC Conference 2012 John Lehnert Sustainable Urban Development Presidio Graduate School April 22, 2012
  2. 2. Verge DC: OverviewA project of GreenBiz – research, eventsConvergence of four key technologies:• Energy• Building• Transportation• InformationAll of these are vital for urban sustainability Recorded event content available at: http://www.greenbiz.com/microsite/verge
  3. 3. Century of the CityDemographics & Economics:• 50% world population (now)  70% (2050)• Top 100 cities comprise 30% of world GDP• Middle class: 1.8 B (now)  4.8 B (2030)Upside: larger cities = more efficient / effectiveDownside: look at Nigeria today (NY Times)Panel discussion: Cities as a Catalyst for Sustainabilityhttp://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/15/world/africa/in-nigeria-a-preview-of-an-overcrowded-planet.html
  4. 4. Century of the City “Citystates” - states of cities define how they matter 1) Connected 2) Decisive 3) Adaptive 4) Collaborative 5) Visceral 6) Personal 7) Experimentalhttp://www.greenbiz.com/sites/default/files/SustainAbility_Citystates_March2012_0.pdf
  5. 5. Energy: The New (resilient) Grid• Utilities: “dinosaurs”• Micro-utilities: need price info• Data in real time• Monitoring (e.g. Opower)Interview: Jon Wellinghoff, FERCPanel discussion: Liberating Energy Data
  6. 6. Buildings: Energy EfficiencyBuilt environment is leading user of electricityKey Trends:• Measure/monitor• More project data• Behavior > tech• People = sensors Accelerating Green Building Market Transformation (Pyke) Panel Discussion: Revolutionizing the Built Environment http://cm.asu.edu [campus metabolism] – enlisting students to reduce energy use http://www.envisioncharlotte.com/ - targeting/tracking/displaying bldg energy use
  7. 7. Transportation: Electric VehiclesEV (autos, motorcycles)Must address access to powerConvergent benefit:Cars as grid powerstorageTechnology:Lighter materials = lower battery-power needsPanel Discussion: Paving the Way for a National Network of EV’sDaniel Kim (Lit Motors)Interview: Amory Lovins – see also “Reinventing Fire”
  8. 8. Information: Big DataThe “Global Brain”• Humans connected/augmentedThe Internet of Things• 50 B devices• Using ambient energyUrban Datasets• London DataStore Tim O’Reilly Kent Dickson (Tendril)
  9. 9. Information: ToolsAMEE:Carbon footprint of everything Tendril: Connecting everything
  10. 10. Citystate: Adaptive/ExperimentalTechnology – Code for America• IT solutions to urban challengesTechnology – City of San Francisco• SFParkPolicy – City of Philadelphia• Differential stormwater billingFinancial – B of A• CDFI funds for energy efficiencyPanel discussion: Cities as a Catalyst for Sustainability; Jennifer Pahlka (Code for America)
  11. 11. Citystate: Collaboration / Competition City of Philadelphia • Recycling competition (3x increase) • Dow – white roofs ( + heat tracking by NASA) Social Sharing/Access Economy Web Mobile • City as a Service Prod • Car Sharing & Svcs Lisa Gansky: “The Mesh” Robin Chase (Zip Car, Buzzcar)
  12. 12. My view of Convergence…Transportation Energy Building Data  Tools  Analysis INFORMATION Enables Relationships Learning Innovation CITIES

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