Climate change was the hot topic last week, with a steady stream of data, opinions, and aspirations coming out of the UN Climate Change Summit in New York. And over 100,000 people marched through the city, raising their voices to catalyze speedier action.
With Congress at a stalemate and international climate change efforts hard to coordinate, many are looking to cities to lead the way. Cities, in turn, tend to focus on the items they can directly control, such as land-use planning and zoning, and city energy use. Those engaged citizens, who want to spur change across the community, are left out of the action plan.
This is a significant missed opportunity, but we’re hoping not for long. Forward-thinking cities are leveraging new technologies, like WattzOn’s web and mobile tools, to serve these engaged residents and broaden their reach to others as well. With personalized savings plans, digital “nudges” and other powerful engagement tools, cities are enabling residents to make changes at home and show the city-wide impact of their collective actions.
See our CEO, Martha Amram, speak about WattzOn’s results in city programs that engage residents in natural energy savings at two upcoming conferences. Her talks will link engaged residents, lower city-wide energy use and stronger economic growth. Now that’s a real win-win-win for climate change.
The Business of Local Energy
October 23, 2014
ACEEE Intelligent Efficiency
San Francisco, CA
November 16 – 18, 2014