Connecting the Dots in Sustainable Cities

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Dan Probst
Energy and Sustainability Services

At the VERGE conference in Washington, DC this week, I have an opportunity to share some thoughts on intelligent buildings and to learn more about innovations in energy, transportation and information technology that are converging with our business to drive sustainability in cities.

In the context of cities, “sustainability” does not refer only to environmental issues, but also to economic and social sustainability. Urban leaders recognize the importance of greening their cities and adapting to climate change to maintaining their citizens’ quality of life. But these strategies must mesh with other quality-of-life goals, such as attracting businesses and helping them succeed, as well as developing transit systems and cultural amenities that make cities livable. It’s only when all these elements are integrated that a city is truly sustainable.

The built environment is an intrinsic element all three types of sustainability, and it touches the other key components highlighted at Verge in multiple ways. I’m here to talk about intelligent systems in buildings that use a range of information inputs to significantly improve energy efficiency and, eventually, connect to transportation systems through the smart grid.

Intelligent systems are already revolutionizing the way buildings are operated. Understanding the latest wave of innovation provides a preview of ways that smart buildings will help drive smart cities in the coming years. Intrigued? Continue reading here.

Click learn more about what’s going on at the 2012 VERGE DC conference.

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