FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 14, 2015
Charlotte, NC – The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy today announced that Envision Charlotte will host the first Envision America workshop in Charlotte, NC in January 2016.
Envision Charlotte today announced a 16.1% energy use reduction as progress continues towards a goal of 20% reduction over five years among its 61 uptown partner buildings. This reduction represents a total savings of over $17 million and elimination of 48,599 tons of CO2 emissions.
Envision America, a new nationwide nonprofit, is issuing a challenge to America’s cities to become smarter by accelerating deployment of innovative technologies that tackle energy, water, waste, and air challenges. Envision America builds on the cross-sector collaborative model and local results of Envision Charlotte.
The Envision America announcement was made today from the White House Smart Cities Forum, which brings together government, the research community, and cities to discuss using advances in science and technology to uncover innovative solutions to problems citizens care about – like reducing traffic congestion, fostering economic growth, improving sustainability, fighting crime, and improving the delivery of important services.
“The pioneering Envision Charlotte model has proven that smart, technology-supported, data driven initiatives like our energy efficiency efforts can deliver measurable economic, social and environmental benefits. Bringing the Envision Charlotte model to national scale through Envision America can accelerate deployment of smart cities technologies and speaks to the Charlotte community’s innovation leadership role,” says Amy Aussieker, Executive Director of Envision Charlotte.
About Envision America
Envision America, a new nationwide nonprofit, is issuing a challenge to America’s cities to become smarter by accelerating deployment of innovative technologies that tackle energy, water, waste, and air challenges. This effort builds on the cross-sector collaborative model and local results of Envision Charlotte.
City leaders from 10 winning communities will participate in Envision America’s workshop in January in Charlotte, NC, where they will work with leading experts from industry and academia to diagnose needs, workshop solutions, and develop new smart initiatives for their community. In addition, they will receive technical assistance throughout the year to support the implementation of their plans.
Winners will be selected for participation in the Envision America program on the basis of several criteria, including goals, collaborations among local institutions and other stakeholders, and commitment to developing innovative approaches foundational to a Smart City.
The new effort is supported by Accelerated Innovations, Autodesk, Bank of America, Cisco, Duke Energy, GE, Itron, Landis+Gyr, Microsoft, and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. Complementing the Envision America Challenge, supporters are also taking the following steps:
• Accelerated Innovations will equip winning cities with the Envision America app, a community engagement platform built to facilitate, measure and gamify large-scale sustainability action campaigns;
• GE is sponsoring an Envision America Appathon to engage the civic tech community in a collaborative effort to solve city challenges;
• Microsoft is providing each winning city with one year of access to Microsoft Azure Government cloud platform for one year.
Envision Charlotte - envisioncharlotte.com
Envision America - envisionamerica.org
Livestream of Envision America announcement: wh.gov/live (9/14/15; 2:00 pm)
Twitter: @WhiteHouseOSTP; #WHSmartCities
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