Accelerated Innovations helps kick off National Smart Cities Initiative

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Accelerated Innovations, a technology provider that partners with utilities and municipalities to strengthen communities and eliminate waste, was recognized at the White House for its role in Envision America.

The public-private partnership initiative Envision America is issuing a challenge and providing resources to America’s cities to deploy technologies and mobilize community actions to tackle energy, water, waste and air challenges.

As a key sponsor, Accelerated Innovations is collaborating with smart city leaders to leverage the Envision America web and mobile app, a community engagement platform to facilitate, measure and gamify large-scale sustainability action campaigns.

The Envision America initiative was announced at a Smart Cities Forum organized by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The forum brought together federal and municipal government officials, business leaders and experts from the research community to discuss how advances in science and technology are helping improve civic vibrancy through innovation and citizen involvement.

Opportunities and strategies were highlighted to improve quality of living and foster economic growth through higher quality public services, increased public safety, reduced traffic congestion and more energy efficient homes and buildings.

To develop Envision America, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policylooked to Charlotte, North Carolina’s experience with Envision Charlotte, a unique public-private partnership focused on sustainability as a catalyst for economic growth. Driven to make Charlotte the most sustainable urban core in America, Envision Charlotte made a commitment to reduce its energy consumption 20 percent by 2020, a goal that it is already outpacing based on achieved results.

Similar goals are tracked across the other pillars of the organization’s mission addressing water conservation, solid waste reduction and air quality improvement.

Accelerated Innovations serves as a partner in Envision Charlotte’s ongoing success through its partnership with Duke Energy, the region’s major electric utility and a primary sponsor of Envision Charlotte.

For over a year, Accelerated Innovations has collaborated with Duke Energy and other key partners to extend and enhance the Smart Energy in Offices program. The program engages and supports the operators and tenants of commercial office buildings to achieve energy savings goals through access to energy management tools and facilitates gamified action campaigns tied to operational and behavioral best practices.

The program embraces a “people over platform” philosophy that views education of tenants and building operators as an essential element to smarter commercial buildings. The program’s activities are tracked and facilitated by a customized web and mobile engagement platform built on the foundation of Accelerated Innovations’ MyMeter software application. MyMeter is currently used by more than 30 utilities across the U.S. and abroad, leveraging smart meter infrastructure to provide access to energy use information and tools to realize energy savings.

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