White House Announces Envision Charlotte to Host Launch of National Envision America Initiative in January, 2016
Charlotte, NC – The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has tapped Envision Charlotte as the model for a national smart cities initiative named Envision America that will launch in the Queen City in January, 2016.
Envision Charlotte also announced that the collaborative initiative had achieved a 16.1% reduction in energy use among its 61 uptown partner buildings as of June 30, 2015.
Envision Charlotte will host the first Envision America innovation workshop in Charlotte, NC in January, 2016. During the workshop, city leaders from selected communities will help diagnose energy, water, air and waste management needs, workshop solutions, and advance city projects with the help of industry and university experts. Ten urban communities will be chosen to participate in the launch workshop. For further details, see www.envisionamerica.org.
“The pioneering Envision Charlotte model has proven that smart, technology-supported, data driven initiatives like our energy efficiency efforts can deliver measurable returns and yield positive economic, social and environmental impacts. 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.
Envision America is supported by partners including (additional partners to be added):
- Accelerated Innovations
- Bank of America
- Duke Energy
- Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
For more information on Envision Charlotte, see envisioncharlotte.com