This week is “Climate Week” and Cisco is showing its “green” stripes in exciting new ways, demonstrating how networking technology can transform how the world manages our energy and environmental challenges.
Going into the week, Cisco was psyched to support our innovation partner, the X PRIZE Foundation in announcing the winners of the $10 million Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE. It was amazing to see that the cars of the future – which get at least 100 mpg – could be here today! These vehicles, many of which are electric, show what’s possible with some ingenuity and passion… not to mention a $10million kitty.
One thing to remember, however, is that electric vehicles will need a Smart Grid to plug into… one which allows them to charge at non-peak hours and even sell their power back into the grid.
Cisco also wrapped up the week on the Smart Grid note, announcing today a new partnership with Duke Energy, The City of Charlotte, North Carolina and others, called Envision: Charlotte. This effort will focus on reducing the energy consumption in Charlotte’s commercial buildings by 20% in the next five years. John Chambers launched the new initiative in New York City with former President Bill Clinton, Duke Energy Chairman and CEO Jim Rodgers and Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx. Cisco is proud to expand it’s Home Energy Management efforts with Duke into the commercial space, which consumes 70% of electricity.
“Envision: Charlotte” Press Conference at Clinton Global Initiative
And if these activities weren’t enough, Cisco was also proud to donate its TelePresence technology to the Carbon Disclosure Project for the launch of their annual report. More than seven global sites connected with New York, all without the emissions associated with travel.
Cisco’s committed to the environment and to conserving energy in our own operations. It’s great to see us demonstrate how customers and partners can do the same!