Smart communities are fundamentally about establishing common goals, getting broad participation and having credible measurement. This requires diverse knowledge of buildings, people and technology. A community can be defined in a variety of ways including a city, a campus, an office park, an apartment complex or even an office portfolio throughout the country.
In urban communities using sustainability as a means for economic development is on the rise. Programs that leverage public private partnerships, the smart electrical grid and academia can create “economic environmentalism” that is truly sustainable and eliminate the false choice between sustainability and fiscal prudence. Intelligent Buildings has experience developing and leading such programs while aligning government, business, NGO, academia and utilities. This approach can be fostered by a number of community leaders including city, county, utility, developers, economic development or institutions.