Building smarter, more sustainable cities requires the support of public, private and civic stakeholders. Envision Charlotte is charting a new course. By taking a holistic and integrated approach to engaging these disparate groups and demonstrating the benefits – both environmental and economic – of lasting change, the initiative has assembled a strong consortium of public and private interests with shared vision and momentum.
The ambitious project will transform the downtown – called Center City – into an incubator for innovative technological solutions. The initiative’s aims are not small: energy and water efficiency, waste reduction, green building and site planning, as well as engaged businesses and citizens.
Smart Cities Council member Itron is lending its expertise to
the Smart Water Now program, which will aggregate information into a single number representing total usage, then drive awareness and behavior change to reduce consumption. The results will lower operational costs, improve sustainability, engage occupants and contribute to the overall value proposition of working and living in Center City.
Awareness and knowledge are key ingredients of sustainability and change. But what’s the best way to get information to people who need it? Measurement technology, like Itron’s smart meters and communications, provide unprecedented insights with near-real-time data. By rendering the data in intuitive ways – trending, benchmarking against other buildings in the area, or correlating with other data sets like weather – program participants are better able to assess how they can build, operate and live smarter.