08 Aug '12, 2pm

How Charlotte drives economic growth through sustainable innovation

How Charlotte drives economic growth through sustainable innovation

Editor's Note: To learn more about smart cities and hear from Jesse Berst be sure to check out VERGE@Greenbuild this fall, November 12-13, in San Francisco. I want to tell you about an initiative that is emblematic of an important trend – the intersection of smart grids and smart cities. It also includes several innovative approaches other cities and utilities may want to investigate. Originally announced by former president Bill Clinton in 2010 at the Clinton Global Initiative, Envision: Charlotte has as its goal to dramatically improve the sustainability of downtown Charlotte as an engine for economic growth. The North Carolina city is sometimes called "energy capital USA" because the nearby region is home to more than 175 energy companies, employing more than 13,000 people. The initiative is notable for several reasons: Public/private partnership : The initiative includ...

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