Taking Care of Business By Joel Makower, Chairman & Executive Editor
It’s nearly showtime!
Tomorrow morning we’ll kick off VERGE San Francisco. (You can download the official program here.) We’ve got more than 1,000 people coming, so it’s going to be quite a gathering (and party!). There’s still room for you, too, if you’re able to join us at the last minute.
If you’re in town, you can also attend VERGE Interconnect, the world’s first ballroom-sized microgrid — as well as the closing keynote, with Amory Lovins and Andrew Revkin. Claim your free ticket here.
Failing that, I am pleased to invite you toVERGE Virtual, where you’ll be able to watch the morning plenary sessions live online, chat with other viewers and even ask questions of speakers, via our virtual (but real-live) host,Mohammed Al-Shawaf. It’s free — just registerhere.
The human side of smarter cities: We’ve got another terrific webcast coming up next week:Engaging Human Systems for Smarter Cities, focusing on what it takes to collaboratively design a solid smart-city master plan, leverage existing networks and partnerships and form new ones. The goal: build a new framework comprising smart infrastructure, smart aspirations and a smart community. The webcast, on October 22, is free. Register here.
The microgrid will be a living demonstration of the technologies driving innovation and sustainability on a larger scale.…Read More
Complimentary GreenBiz Webcast
Engaging Human Systems for Smarter Cities
Sponsored by Schneider Electric
To succeed, smart cities need to become customer-centric; they must look to technology as an enabler to solve complex problems in a customer-centric way. Join us for a free, one-hour webcast where you will learn how to bring together the full spectrum of stakeholders, including the private sector, why operating systems need to be integrated into a single management platform, with data collected, used and fed back in, and more. Register Here.
Fashion designers, hydrologists and hackers mixed it up in this competition, which introduced Cleanweb and Social Impact categories.…Read More
Achieve your Facility Energy Savings Goals
On Wednesday, October 16 at 2:30pm ET the VP of Smarter Physical Infrastructure at IBM, David Bartlett, will be hosting a 30 minute live interactive discussion on energy management. He will be discussing the steps and resources required in order for your company to better achieve, and potentially surpass, your energy savings goals. We encourage all participants to ask questions and engage with the panel. Click here for more information.
New York energy czar Richard Kauffman explains how the state’s Green Bank would fill the gaps in clean energy financing.…Read More
Potential vs. reality: Sustainability’s value when investing in technology
We need to talk — and talk the same language. That’s the overriding directive for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) executives and sustainability leaders in research recently conducted by GreenBiz Group and AT&T. There is good news, as a wide range of opportunities exists where the combined efforts of ICT and sustainability professionals can make a significant impact. The use of collaboration technologies, cloud computing, machine-to-machine communication and telematics point to the potential for increased cost savings and efficiencies that also result in reduced environmental impact. Download your copy of the report.